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TIps & Tricks : Searching for packages in Debian

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If you want to install some packages on Debian and don’t know names of packages you can search in packages cache.

For example if you want to see all packages related to MySQL:

root@hostname:~# apt-cache search mysql
akonadi-backend-mysql - MySQL storage backend for Akonadi
ampache-themes - Themes for Ampache
aolserver4-nsmysql - AOLserver 4 module: module for accessing MySQL databases
libapq3.2.0 - Pluggable Ada 95 Binding to various database systems (library)
libapq3.2.0-dbg - Pluggable Ada 95 Binding to various database systems (debug)
libapq3.2.0-dev - Pluggable Ada 95 Binding to various database systems (development)
libaprutil1-dbd-mysql - Apache Portable Runtime Utility Library - MySQL Driver
asterisk-mysql - MySQL database protocol support for the Asterisk PBX
audiolink - makes managing and searching for music easier
auth2db - Powerful and eye-candy IDS logger, log viewer and alert generator
auth2db-common - Common configuration files for Auth2db backend and web frontend
auth2db-filters - Auth2db defaults filters pack
auth2db-frontend - Web frontend view for auth2DB log engine
automysqlbackup - daily, weekly and monthly backup for your MySQL database
autopostgresqlbackup - Automated tool to make periodic backups of PostgreSQL databases
backup-manager - command-line backup tool
backupninja - lightweight, extensible meta-backup system
bacula-common-mysql - network backup service - MySQL common files
bacula-common-mysql-dbg - network backup service - MySQL common files (debugging)
bacula-director-mysql - network backup service - MySQL storage for Director
...
root@hostname:~#
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Tips & Tricks : Session log files in SecureCRT

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I use SecureCRT quite often to access Linux systems as well as network devices.

When going through one of the presentations on SecureCRT web page I found handy tip how to configure session logs to have it divided by date, time and session.

Screenshot below demonstrates settings for log file:

SecureCRT Log File configuration

Basically parameters are set to:

  • Log file name: %Y-%M-%D–%h-%m-%s.%t__%S(%H).txt
  • Options / Start log upon connect: checked
  • Custom log data / On each line: %h:%m:%s(%t):

These settings will create separate log file for each session every time connection will be established.

In addition to that each line will start with timestamp added by SecureCRT.

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Code snippets : Passing credentials to Get-WmiObject in PowerShell

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If there is a need to pass specific credentials to Get-WmiObject in order to gather information from remote machine, here is how you can do it:

$LAdmin = "DOMAIN\Administrator"
$LPassword = ConvertTo-SecureString "Password!" -AsPlainText -Force
$Credentials = New-Object -Typename System.Management.Automation.PSCredential -ArgumentList $LAdmin, $LPassword

Once $Credentials object is created you can easily use it to gather information from remote PC:

Get-WmiObject -ComputerName $computername -Class Win32_VideoController -Namespace "root\cimv2" -Credential $Credentials
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How-To : Automate application mapping using SCCM 2012 Powershell

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During mass reainstallation/redeployment/migration of large number of PCs, always question about applications is raised.

How to deploy/deliver applications once all machines are resintalled?

If you have SCCM in the infrastructure, this might help a lot with automation. All you need is mapping between computer name and applications (to be more specific collection ids) and PowerShell console on SCCM server.

Then you just need to prepare input files for the script below and you can automate application deployment on mass scale.

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Apps : Cisco7PCF for Windows

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Just released small app for Windows platform. This app allows to decrypt type 7 password from Cisco devices as well as passwords from Cisco VPN profiles (PCF files).

Password which can be recovered using this app:

  • wireless keys fro Cisco access points,
  • RADIUS/TACACS shared secrets
  • NTP authentication keys
  • Enable passwords (NOT enable secrets, which are stored using MD5)
  • enc_GroupPwd – VPN group password from PCF file
  • enc_UserPassword – VPN user password from PCF file

Application also allows to store password and/or send tchem via email after decryption.

You can find app in Windows Store:

Cisco Password Decryptor

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Cheat Sheet : SCCM Client Versions

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Handy information during pre-deployment checks/validations.

System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Beta 2 5.00.7561.0000
System Center 2012 Configuration Manager RC1 5.00.7678.0000
System Center 2012 Configuration Manager RC2 5.00.7703.0000
System Center 2012 Configuration Manager RTM 5.00.7711.0000
System Center 2012 Configuration Manager CU1 5.00.7711.0200
System Center 2012 Configuration Manager CU2 5.00.7711.0301
System Center 2012 Configuration Manager SP1 Beta 5.00.7561.0000
System Center 2012 Configuration Manager SP1 5.00.7804.1000
System Center 2012 Configuration Manager SP1 CU1 5.00.7804.1202
System Center 2012 Configuration Manager SP1 CU2 5.00.7804.1300
System Center 2012 Configuration Manager SP1 CU3 5.00.7804.1400
System Center 2012 Configuration Manager SP1 CU4 5.00.7804.1500
System Center 2012 Configuration Manager R2 5.00.7958.1000
System Center 2012 Configuration Manager R2   Hotfix: KB 2905002 5.00.7958.1101
System Center 2012 Configuration Manager R2 CU1 5.00.7958.1203
System Center Configuration Manager 2007 4.00.5931.0000
System Center Configuration Manager2007 SP1 4.00.6221.1000
System Center Configuration Manager2007 SP1 (KB) 4.00.6221.1193
System Center Configuration Manager2007 R2 4.00.6221.1193
System Center Configuration Manager2007 SP2 4.00.6487.2000
System Center Configuration Manager2007 SP2 (KB) 4.00.6487.2111
System Center Configuration Manager2007 R3 4.00.6487.2157
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