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Install Java 1.7 non-interatively on Ubuntu 12.04

I need to install Java 1.7 on several machines and hence I want to do it using a script. The problem is the installation asks for certain options (to be specific 'Y', then 'OK' and finally 'Yes'). I ...
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How to change assigned letter for Ephemeral drives automatically?

I have an AWS Windows box (Windows 2008 R2) with the following disks: C:\ 60 Gb (EBS) D:\ 200 Gb (EBS) Y:\ 40 Gb (Ephemeral SSD) Z:\ 40 Gb (Ephemeral SSD) Every time it boots I change ephemeral ...
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APP installation - iPhone [closed]

I am trying to automate the installing procedure of iPhone apps (i.e) installing apps for around 5000 phones. For this I am planning to deploy an MDM server in Windows Server 2008 containing Active ...
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How to automatically create a Hyper-V VM and install an app using PowerShell

I am designing a testing infrastructure for a WPF application. I want a system that will create a VM when a new MSI appears in a folder, and install the MSI on the newly created VM. I am using Hyper-V ...
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How can I prepend to PATH while running Ansible's pip module?

I'm attempting to install psycopg2 into a Python virtualenv with Ansible's pip module, but I need to prepend an entry to PATH for it to build correctly (it needs to know the path to the directory ...
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Start/Stop IIS site automated as an administrator, which is not a built-in “Administrator”

There are several ways to start/stop an IIS site, in a way that does not require logon to the system. For example: 1) Command line via APPCMD: C:\windows\system32\inetsrv\appcmd.exe stop site ...
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Stopping a scheduled task with WMIC

I need to find some method for disabling a scheduled task on a remote machine and waiting until that task has stopped executing if it happens to be running at the moment. I'd like to do this through ...
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Download cygwin packages from a predefined list (on Windows 7)

I have a very long list of cygwin packages that I need to download (for various reasons I cannot install directly from the internet, instead I need to download the cygwin packages for later ...
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Need to send keystrokes to DOS app from Windows at idle logout

I am supporting a legacy Paradox 4.5 for DOS system. Our users connect to a single terminal server (Windows Server 2003) to run Paradox. We frequently need to boot everyone out of the system. Our ...
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How can I run a few tasks consecutively that I usually execute manually

Ok, first of all let me describe my working situation so that is is clear why this is a question pertaining to system administration. I work at a larger IT solution company that is running operations ...
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How do I write a script that compares folder/symbolic-link names from two diffrent folders?

I need help in writing a script to create symbolic links. Here is a script that I have been running on background. #!/bin/bash SOURCE="/home/$USER/www" DEST="/var/www" while true; do find $SOURCE ...
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Automatic reverse/caching proxy configuration update?

I've never done something so ambitious before so please let me know if this is simply a bad idea, and alternate solutions I should consider. So I have three servers (and more later), all hosting ...
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When do Dell PowerEdge servers (R210II and R620) automatically shutdown due to over heating?

I've had a hell of a time trying to find out when and how a Dell PowerEdge server (in my case we have a bunch of R210IIs and R620s with iDRACs) deals with overheating. I don't want to wait for the CPU ...
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sniff mobile traffic data

I'm now preparing an automation testing lab for our mobile department consisting of mainly android devices. For first phase i need HTTP device sniffing, i can't do it on the device as they are not ...
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Automation Software [closed]

I work at a company that has big amount of VMs and Physical servers and we are constantly upgrading them, by installing different packages and adding new services. We were thinking of buying a ...
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Manage enable - disable nginx site by Hiera puppet?

i got the task to implement hiera puppet script to manage sites_enabled for nginx. Here is my puppet script: common.yaml --- classes: - nginx nginx: enabled: abc.com ...
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Automatically assign elastic IP to ec2 spot instance with user data script

Is it possible to automatically assign an Elastic IP address to a spot instance that has a persistent spot request using the 'Advanced' 'User Data' script box? I'm thinking that I could craft a ...
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Can I still benefit from using Chef (et al) when I'm not in total control of the server?

I would like to get better control over my deployment environments, but I share the system administration responsibility with an IT department that has their own (not fully automated) processes for ...
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Puppet node ordering

Can someone help me with puppet node ordering, I know how to control sequence inside classes using require, before, subscribe etc but I need to be 100% sure that my node2 will be executed only after ...
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How can I package up a Linux installation into an .iso so I can install elsewhere? [closed]

I want to be able to install a base server (CentOS) and configure with some custom apps, then package that into an image file. I'll then use that image file to install duplicate servers. How can I do ...
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Automate Windows 8.1 Enterprise upgrade

I have been trying to find the necessary command line switches for automating the upgrade for my Windows 8 clients to Windows 8.1. I have the ISO extracted and I've run setup.exe /? but that doesn't ...
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Automatically Configuring client workstation in a Lan

Suppose we have a Lan with X clients workstations and Y servers, the servers are running different network services (web, e-mail, directory service...) both client and servers might run either Linux ...
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git clone - fail instead of prompting for credentials

When cloning git repositories in automated tools - web front ends, CI systems, sometimes the git clone invocation opens up a prompt asking for the username and password (for example, when cloning a ...
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Hyper-V Snapshot Management Plan

So I have a few servers running Hyper-V (they are 2008R2 Servers). This is mainly for a Test Environment, and im basically looking for a way to keep "States" of a Server (Lets pretend each VM is a ...
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Reboot a server and sign into a program

I have a client who is a medical clinic and their main server, running server 2008 r2, has a program that shuttles labs from their lab vendor to their EMR/EHR. I am currently automatically rebooting ...
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How to manage Linux servers and tasks?

As a developer who is managing more and more Linux servers for my various projects and tasks, I'm starting to seriously think about how to manage these servers efficiently. I have come up with such a ...
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Protocol choice for Machine-to-Machine communication - level:n00b

I am building a monitoring system for an irrigation pump and the connected pipeline. So far I have completed the sensor network. Everything connects to a micro-controller board (actually 4 Teensy 3.0 ...
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How can a Linux Administrator improve their shell scripting and automation skills?

In my organization, I work with a group of NOC staff, budding junior engineers and a handful of senior engineers; all with a focus on Linux. One interesting step in the way the company grows talent is ...
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Automating Unbreakable Linux Network (ULN) registration

To register a RHEL 6.4 machine to the Unbreakable Linux Network (ULN), it is required to launch the uln_register command. This command opens a textual interface, where the user has to input the ULN ...
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Add time stamp to script log entries

Currently I have my bash script using exec 22>&2 21>&1 1>$log 2>&1 to write stderr and stdout to a log file. I would like to add a time stamp for each entry, but I haven't ...
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How to run a mysqldump automated with SAFELY stored mysql credentials?

I'm looking for a way to SAFELY run daily backups using mysqldump. Safely means not storing username/password in a text file or any other unencoded format. I know there is (apparently it isn't) a way ...
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Run specific script after every Windows Update

Is there a way to run a specific script each time Windows update completes (i.e., after reboot or after an update that doesn't require a reboot)? My application is suffering from MSCOMCTL.OCX ...
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Automaticaly commit when updating pacemaker configuration

I'm trying to automate the administration of my servers which are running corosync/pacemaker. For that I generate a file containing the modifs that needs to be applied to the configuration. To apply ...
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Auto-restart “screen” script not working

I'm looking over a script that would actually be restarting game-servers in case they crash. The game-servers are actually started in a screen session through a control panel. They have to be ...
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Mapping My Documents to Users area

I am looking to automate a process that we have to carry out, when building a PC for a user we have to map their my documents to their area on our server is there a way to automate this process? I ...
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Reloading Salt grains

I'd like to download a grains file from external source during the state.highstate is run. The file is not supposed to change usually - I'm only using this mainly for the initial provisioning. So it ...
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Autofilling some field in all AD accounts

Is there a way to auto-fill a field or set of fields for all AD accounts in one go? For example if I want to set address field for all employees or in a specific OU? Or perhaps if I need to set their ...
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Installing Debian with PXE and preseed and dynamic IP address, but configure it finally with static IP address

I had setup an infrastructure for automatic installation of Debian based machines. It uses PXE booting with DHCP and TFTP servers, and preseed to automate the OS installation. What I want is: use ...
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SchTasks giving out error (0x1) on Windows 2008 R2

i have a powershell script which creates scheduled tasks as a part of automation process and my syntax is following; schtasks /create /s ServerName /u $username /p $password /ru $username /rp ...
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Automated Linux VMs on Hyper-V 2012

I have a requirement to create a ton of linux VMs for our customers (we run managed infrastructure) on Hyper-V 2012 in the coming months and I have an issue with automating it. Here is how I need it ...
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teraterm stay open after disconnecting from host?

Is there any way to get teraterm's windows to stay open after disconnecting from a host, so that I can see the terminal output in the scrollback? Trying to transition from Putty, which is nice, but ...
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Bringing up EC2 instances with vagrant-aws errors

I'm trying to automate acceptance testing by using vagrant to bring up machines with amazon's EC2 service, so I added the dummy box and copied the Vagrantfile off Github, but when I try to run vagrant ...
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How to automate a VM creation?

My company works on a project were we ship an appliance (a CentOS VM) that runs several services. Currently this appliance is regenerated every time "manually" but I'd like to improve the process and ...
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Need to DROP TABLE from 100s of SQL backup files

I have MS SQL Server 2008 available to me. Is it possible to script (perhaps with Powershell?) the processing of all my backup files to drop a table (or two) from each one? I used 7-Zip on the command ...
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How can I automatically detect and resolve an IP conflict in Ubuntu?

Sometimes one of my Ubuntu 12.04 Server machines get into an IP conflict with another device on the network. I can detect the IP conflict by disabling the nic, and accessing the ip from another ...
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How can I automate bios configuration on dell servers?

I have n amount of virgin dell custom servers (DCS24). These are refurbished machines and already delivered, so configuring the BIOS from the provider is not an option. iDRAC/BMC is available on these ...
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May i known about vCenter Configuration of VMs automatic startup and shutdown configuration delay time different [closed]

Please May I known ..vCenter already Installed on ESXi 5.0 and already installed VMs on vCenter .. in ESX host configuration=>VMs Startup/Shutdown=>properties=>System setting.. Default Startup delay ...
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Run scripts remotely and securely

I'm looking for a way that normal users can do remote changes on a linux box through a web interface. Say for example update the dns settings for their domain. The script needs to run under root. I ...
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Script for remove old backups

I have a lot of backups, like: backup-20130528_054504_mysql.tar.gz, bill_db_201305290130.BAK.bz2, etc_20130412.tbz This is full backups which done each day. Before today, I have a cron task with ...
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Auto-Start Virtual Machines from Hyper-V Manager (Windows Server 2012)

My company has 2 server; one is main server and another one is accounting server. At first, both servers use Windows Server 2008 then I upgraded main server OS to Windows Server 2012 and everything ...