Tips & Tricks : Using EPEL with CentOS


If you use CentOS and want to add some extra packages you can use EPEL.

Extra Packages for Enterprise Linux is project created by Fedora.

In order to use repositories on CentOS first download and install RPM appropriate for your version of CentOS from here:

Method 1


Then install it and enjoy more packages from new repo.


Method 2

[root@localhost ~]# yum install epel-release

Here is example from CenOS 7 how to add EPEL repositories:



Code snippet : Sending email from PowerShell script


If you want to send email from PowerShell script via Google Mail:

$SMTPServer = "smtp.gmail.com"
$SMTPPort = "587"
$SMTPUsername = "sender@gmail.com"
$SMTPPassword = "password"

$EmailSenderAddress = New-Object System.Net.Mail.MailAddress("sender@gmail.com", "PowerShell Automated Email")

$EmailFrom = $EmailSenderAddress
$EmailTo = "recipient@gmail.com"
$EmailCc = "recipient@hotmail.com"
$EmailAttachment = "C:\Scripts\Attachment.txt"
$EmailSubject = "Automated Email with Report."
$EmailBody = @"
Please find attached report.

$EmailMessage = New-Object System.Net.Mail.MailMessage
$EmailMessage.Subject = $EmailSubject
$EmailMessage.Body = $EmailBody
$EmailMessage.From = $SMTPUsername

$SMTPSession = New-Object System.Net.Mail.SmtpClient($SMTPServer, $SMTPPort);
$SMTPSession.EnableSSL = $true
$SMTPSession.Credentials = New-Object System.Net.NetworkCredential($SMTPUsername, $SMTPPassword);
Write-Host "Mail Sent"

Code snippets : Encrypted password in PowerShell


Many times there is a need to store password in PowerShell script. Unfortunately to leave password in script is insecure solution and might cause an issue.

So, what to do if there is a need to have password in a script and we don’t want to have it embedded in clear-text in script?

Best way is to encrypt it and store in the file and then re-use it when required.

Create file with encrypted password

$secureString = Read-Host -AsSecureString "Enter a secret password"
$secureString | ConvertFrom-SecureString | Out-File C:\Scripts\storedPassword.txt

Use encrypted password in script

$secureString = Get-Content -Path C:\Scripts\storedPassword.txt | ConvertTo-SecureString
Remember that password has to be encrypted on the account which will be running the script. So, in case you plat to use Task Scheduler to run PowerShell script, start PowerShell windows as particular user and then create file with encrypted password.

Tips & Tricks : Install Node.js on Debian 7.0 “Wheezy”


As on Debian 7.0 Node.js is not included in standard repositories, if you want to install it login to server as a root and issue following commands:

apt-get install curl
curl -sL https://deb.nodesource.com/setup | bash -
apt-get install -y nodejs

Tips & Tricks : Configure Apache on Debian 7 for RT4


Once Request Tracker 4 is installed on Debian 7, there is one more thing to do.

Small change in Apache configuration to make RT4 website to work.

First edit Apache configuration file:

root@hostname:~# vi /etc/apache2/sites-available/default

Then add to that file (at the end):

Include /etc/request-tracker4/apache2-modperl2.conf
RedirectMatch ^/$ /rt

Tips & Tricks : Fixing TMG 2010 and IE 9 issue


When you install TMG 2010 on Windows Server with IE9 you might find that TMG console will not work.

That is caused by IE 9. In order to fix it follow steps:

  1. Open “C:\Program Files\Microsoft Forefront Threat Management Gateway\UI_HTMLs\TabsHandler\TabsHandler.htc”
  2. Search for the 3 lines which contain “paddingTop“, and remark-out each of them by adding “//” in the begining.
  3. Save the file, and re-open TMG management console.


Example: Change the line:

m_aPages [niPage].m_tdMain.style.paddingTop = ((m_nBoostUp < 0) ? -m_nBoostUp : 0) ;


// m_aPages [niPage].m_tdMain.style.paddingTop = ((m_nBoostUp < 0) ? -m_nBoostUp : 0) ;


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