How-To : Deploy Parsoid for MediaWiki on openSUSE 13.1 x64


I took a challenge of running MediaWiki with Visual Editor extension on openSUSE 13.1 x64. Task sounds maybe easy, but turned out to be little madness, so once I got this working I think it might be nice to share my steps.

Operating system has been deployed from ISO image: openSUSE-13.1-NET-x86_64.iso.

Installing Node.js

Basically Node.js package which is included in distro doesn’t work properly. For that reason first step is to add new repository for Node.js:

sudo zypper ar http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/devel:/languages:/nodejs/openSUSE_13.1/ Node.js
sudo zypper in nodejs nodejs-devel
yast -i nodejs


Updating NPM

Once Node.js is installed it’s not quite fully working yet and any attempt of using npm fails. Some symlinks are missing, so to fix it we can just update npm:

curl -L https://npmjs.org/install.sh | sudo sh


Parsoid deployment

Now we can download Parsoid and make it work:

cd /srv
git clone https://gerrit.wikimedia.org/r/p/mediawiki/services/parsoid
cd parsoid
npm install
npm test
npm start
Parsoid will be located in /srv/parsoid folder. Do not forget to modify /srv/parsoid/api/localsettings.js for your system.

This is quite brief description, however saves lot of time and fight with Node.js and npm on openSUSE.




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

Code snippets : Mass file rename in Powershell


If you want to replace string in multiple files name you can simply use PowerShell for that.

Dir -Recurse | Rename-Item -NewName { $_.name -replace "file","name-of-file" }

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) ;



TIps & Tricks : Searching for packages in Debian


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

Tips & Tricks : Session log files in SecureCRT


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.


How-To : Use Raspberry PI as Wireless Access Point


Here is how to turn Raspberry PI with Linksys WUSB100 v2.0 adapter and Raspbian into wireless access point. This might be handy for conference rooms where you have wired connection, but wireless signal is too low. Just quick setup on Raspberry, plugin the cable and you have wireless available.

Install required packages

apt-get install firmware-ralink wireless-tools hostapd bridge-utils

Modify /etc/network/interfaces to add bridge interface

auto lo br0

iface lo inet loopback
iface eth0 inet manual

allow-hotplug wlan0
iface wlan0 inet manual

iface br0 inet dhcp
bridge_ports eth0 wlan0

Once network configuration is modified reboot Raspberry PI.

Create /etc/hostapd/hostapd.conf file to define access point configuration


Add configuration information to /etc/default/hostapd

That will make hostapd daemon to start automatically each time Raspberry PI will bootup.


Code snippets : Passing credentials to Get-WmiObject in PowerShell


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

How-To : Automate application mapping using SCCM 2012 Powershell


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.



Apps : Cisco7PCF for Windows


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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