How’s YOUR server doin’?

If you are using FreeBSD then you must be familiar with daily run output or daily security run output messages. They can be found in the root user’s mailbox by simply typing mail as root. If you’re […]

The Power Of CTRL+T

Did you know that you can check what a process is doing by pressing CTRL+T? Has it happened to you before that you were waiting for something to be finished that can take a lot […]

% and crontab

Crontab is a wonderful tool to run tasks at scheduled times. I noticed that my cron jobs fail if I use the percentage sign (%) in it. Why? It works if I just execute the […]

Random vSphere Disconnection Issues

There is a setting in vSphere/ESXi called NFS.MaxQueueDepth. Starting ESXi 5.x the default value is 4294967295. However some storages are not happy with this and when traffic increases (I’m not sure how much traffic is too much) […]

vCenter “Unable to retrieve manifest or certificate file”

There is a bug in vCenter 6.5 which occasionally happens when you deploy an OVA from web. VMware is probably going to fix it, but until then when need to use a workaround. OVA file […]

zfs allow

By default many zfs operations needs elevated/root privileges. For example receiving a snapshot on a remote system. One does not want to open ssh to root user. With zfs allow permissions can be delegated to […]

glabel

Add label to a drive in FreeBSD sudo glabel label -v external_disk /dev/da0 Metadata value stored on /dev/da0. Done. glabel list Geom name: ada0p1 Providers: 1. Name: gpt/gptboot0 Mediasize: 524288 (512K) Sectorsize: 512 Stripesize: 0 […]

ZFS snapshot on FreeBSD – Part 2

In my previous post I presented how to do live backups of a running FreeBSD server with ZFS snapshot, today I’m doing the follow up: how to increment that snapshot. If you have a big […]

ZFS snapshot on FreeBSD

A very nice way to do a live backup of your server/work station is with ZFS snapshots, of course, if you use ZFS. You can send a snapshot to: a file, the local system, via […]

osxfuse error fix

During osxfuse installation from ports I stumbled into the following error: —> Building osxfuse Error: Failed to build osxfuse: command execution failed Error: See /opt/local/var/macports/logs/_opt_local_var_macports_sources_rsync.macports.org_macports_release_tarballs_ports_fuse_osxfuse/osxfuse/main.log for details. Error: Follow https://guide.macports.org/#project.tickets to report a bug The […]