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Linux Systems Administration

My Favourite Tools in 2020 – Command line

Here are some tools that I really like using when I’m working from the command line: Fish shell The fish shell is an awesome shell with loads of autocomplete and helper tools: https://fishshell.com/ Mosh Mosh is an SSH replacement that has a much lower latency implementation: https://mosh.org/ Restic As the tagline says, backups done right! […]

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General Tech Linux Powershell Systems Administration

Making a simple phone notification tool using IFTTT – Available on a Free Account

I previously made a guide on how to create a notifier using Microsoft Power Automate: https://jaytuckey.name/2020/04/21/making-a-simple-phone-notification-tool-using-microsoft-power-automate-previously-microsoft-flow/ However, the Request trigger used in that flow is only available on a premium account so many people won’t be able to use it without a work account. For those people, here’s how to make the same thing using […]

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General Tech Linux Powershell Systems Administration

Making a simple phone notification tool using Microsoft Power Automate (previously Microsoft Flow)

Note – The “Request” trigger used in this post is only available on a Premium Power Automate account. If you want this for personal use, I suggest you look at using IFTTT instead, see my guide here: https://jaytuckey.name/2020/04/21/making-a-simple-phone-notification-tool-using-ifttt-available-on-a-free-account/ Many of us have access through our work to Microsoft Power Automate, previously called Microsoft Flow. With […]

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Linux Networking Systems Administration

Workaround for SSH error to Cisco switch from Ubuntu 20.04 – no matching key exchange method found

Trying to SSH to a Cisco switch from Ubuntu 20.04 you may get this error: This error is because Ubuntu 20.04 has disabled the SHA1-based key exchange methods after some attacks have been found on SHA1. To work around this issue for Cisco switches you can use the command line argument -oKexAlgorithms=+diffie-hellman-group1-sha1 like this: To […]

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Linux Networking Systems Administration

A script to connect to a Cisco switch and backup the running-config using Python3 and Paramiko

I have been trying to find a way to create a regular backup of my Cisco switch’s running-config, so I can store it in my normal backups. However, after searching online I was able to find some tools that were almost there, but nothing that was quite as flexible as I needed, so I wrote […]

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General Tech Systems Administration

Using Zoho Email for a Local Football Club

I have recently helped my local football club – https://litchfieldfc.com.au – to move their email over from Office365 to Zoho email services – https://www.zoho.com/mail/. Overall it was a great experience, and I would recommend Zoho to other clubs and similar small organisations looking for email services. Here are a few things that I found nice […]

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Linux Systems Administration

How to get VMWare Remote Console to install on Kubuntu 19.04 – Probably works on other Ubuntu Versions also

When trying to set up my new Kubuntu install I went to install the VMWare Remote Console, and to my annoyance the installer would fail without any feedback on what was going wrong. Here’s what I needed to do to fix it. To start with , some details of my machines and setup: Date: 2019-05-24 […]

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Systems Administration VDI

How to Clean up VMware Horizon View pools without vCenter online and remove missing desktop pool from Global Entitlement using ADSI Edit

Recently I had to do a cleanup of a VMware Horizon 7 connection server, which involved removing all the existing desktop pools and recreating them. The trouble was, the old vCenter server had been removed, so when I tried to delete the pools using the Horizon Administrator Console, I got the error: Server ErrorUnable to […]

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Powershell Systems Administration Uncategorized WSUS

Fix for Windows Server 2016 Stuck at “Downloading 0%” from WSUS server – UpdateServiceUrlAlternate Registry Key

I ran into an issue recently with our Windows Server 2016 servers not installing their updates. Instead, all our 2016 servers would get stuck with the message “Updates are available. Downloading updates 0%” however they would never actually download the updates. These servers were configured to our WSUS server, which was also a Server 2016 […]

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Systems Administration VDI

VMware User Environment Manager (UEM) Profile for Autodesk AutoCAD 2017 in VDI

In our Horizon View VDI environment we use UEM to manage some application’s user data. I used the Application Profiler included with UEM to create this profile for AutoCAD. One issue that we we have with AutoCAD is that it will reconfigure when launched by a new user. We tried to capture a default profile […]