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How to increase heap size for ws_ant.sh when deploying on WebSphere 8.5 (64-bit Linux)

TL;DR -- How do I give ws_ant.sh and/or the <wsInstallApp> task more heap at runtime? I am attempting to deploy a relatively large (~160-MB) EAR file to WebSphere 8.5 running on a 64-bit Linux ...
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Use Script To Edit Local Group Policy Windows Server 2012

I'm hardening a Windows Server 2012 R2 machine for serving secure web pages and following a guide that lays out multiple Local Group Policy Settings and Registry Settings. When researching how to ...
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Process-wide VPN connection via openconnect

I'm using openconnect to connect to a remote endpoint and SSH onto the machine inside the remote network. The problem is, when I do create the connection, the machine I do it on is unresponsive for ...
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Procurve script/automation

This may be a stupid question, but I'm normally not a network admin, but circumstances have me there. I'm trying to disable down ports on a switch, but have a boatload of them, I'd like to configure ...
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How risky is storing credentials on disk in a Powershell SecureString?

Basically, I want to cache the credentials needed for New-PSSession and make them available to scripts so they don't have to nag a human. If I use export-clixml or similar to store a PSCredential on ...
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using powershell ; from a given location a of folder i want to validate and show the number of specific filetypes respective folder

Using powershell from a given location a of folder I want to validate and show the number of specific filetypes respective folder. I tried using the command to count the number of files in a folder I ...
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Trouble with embedding html email with PowerCLI/Powershell for gmail

I am new to Powershell, I am a junior admin for a VMware environment. I am trying to automate a weekly report for snapshots in PowerCli. I am making the script in Powershell. I have made a simple css,...
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How to automate input for a repetitive script! Expect in Bash?

I am a junior sys admin. Reason I'm asking this question is because we don't have a senior sys-admin here who is proficient with scripting. Senior guys are at the head office and too busy for ...
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How can I modify an existing scheduled task using Powershell?

I am working on some release automation scripts that use Powershell to update existing scheduled tasks which execute various applications. In my script, I can set the Path and Working Directory of the ...
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Recommended way to update config values in an automated way?

To give some context, I have a build server task that requires updating a configuration file (in yaml format) field value and pushing to a repo to be used later.My immediate thought was to use some ...
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Configuring Pfsense via ssh

I want to know how i can completely configure and add add tables to pfsense via ssh. my goal is to have a web installer that configured multiple system and based on the output it will configure the ...
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Restarting HP 1810 without writable SNMP?

I have been tasked with finding a way to reboot all of my switches for a bunch of small satellite sites every night when everyone is gone. I have HP 1810-26G switches at most of the sites, which is ...
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File Changelog Generation Windows Server 2012

I am wondering if anyone might know a way I could set up the automatic generation of a file changelog in a directory in windows server 2012. We have a collection of word, excell, and pdf files that I ...
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Automation and full-disk encryption

I know that the title seems to be completely contradictory, but allow me to elaborate. Reading Bruce Schneier's recent article on data deletion got me thinking that every server should have full-disk ...
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Stop automatic reboot with gpedit shutdown script in Windows 2k8

I am search for a way to validate and maybe stop an automatic reboot under windows. E.g. automatic reboot is initialized by windows update. When adding a shutdown script with gpedit this script gets ...
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Can you use powershell to “spin up” new VM instances

Learning powershell and working on creating VMs with Hyper-v. I was wondering is there a way or an ideal way to go about installing/setting up guest operating systems as well with it? So far the only ...
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Is it possible to execute Azure automation runbook on Visual Studio?

I am considering about two cases. One is edit runbooks on Visual Studio, then execute them to perform Automation task directly. Another one is that edit runbooks on Visual Studio, then I use ...
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Create user account on many servers

I have a users.txt with the following content: ip1 user1 password1 ip2 user2 password2 .... ipN userN passwordN I want to create one user on each of these servers. I want to use this script on each ...
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Auto-upgrading similar VM guest OSes

Is it possible to handle automatic upgrades of VM guests which differ only in terms of config management? I'm asking about either general or specific technologies which facilitate this. In brief, I ...
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Knife Vsphere Password Plain text

I'm using the knife-vsphere plugin for chef to interact with our vsphere hosts. As part of the config for the knife-vsphere plugin it seems that you have to enter a plain text password which I think ...
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Powershell cmdlet requesting optional parameters as mandatory when running as script

I am trying to use powershell to create a script which I use to add vpn connections to windows 8.1 machines. For this microsoft has made the add-vpnconnection cmdlet. When running add-vpnconnection ...
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windows update configuration from command line

I'm building a script to rebuild a server from scratch. I want to configure Windows Update as below. I can set the first option using reg add "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\...
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Shut down syspro 7 processes

We have nightly backups run on our Windows Server 2012 R2 sys pro 7 server. Having the syspro processes running during backups can cause file lock issues and other errors. Does anyone know a way we ...
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Acronis post-command query backup status

I would like to perform an action when the backup completes successfully (but not when it fails). Is there a way to pass the backup status into a post-backup command? Or an environment variable I ...
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How can I perform mass provisioning of Debian Guest VMs on XenServer?

There are a number of tools for provisioning physical and virtual servers, but I can't see a well documented solution for provisioning XenServer Debian guests, apart from using XenCenter itself. With ...
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What is the best way to distribute a rsa ssh key over a large amount of servers?

I know one way, running on a list of server like so: for server in $(cat server.list); do ssh-copy-id user@host done But I was wondering if there's a better way to do it? something automatic which ...
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dsadd run from batch file fails with “The specified account already exists” when there is no existing account with the same dn

I am programmatically creating thousands of test users from a txt file containing First Name, Last Name, Username, and Password using the following command (saved as a batch file, run in cmd, modified ...
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Automate Byobu window creation [closed]

I use Byobu on a Vagrant dev machine to run multiple things in one screen and to be able to suspend/restore the machine and continue where I left off the other day. There are times when I have to ...
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How to find the --configure string once the software has been installed and the source code is still laying around? [closed]

Here's a typical scenario - you install software from source, spend an hour figuring out the configure options, and finally run: ./configure --prefix=/a/b/c --with-X --with-Y=/usr/local/Y/lib \ ...
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How can I run a delegated task for an offline host using Ansible?

I have Ansible tasks for enabling and disabling Nagios checking for some hosts. They use "delegate_to" the Nagios server. However, I can't use them when the host in question is offline, because ...
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How do I keep process running in the background, even after a machine reboot?

What is the way to keep some process running (web server, database and so on) in background, and be sure that in case of system reboot it will start immediately again? I'd like to have this feature ...
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How to test if a particular version of php executable is available on a server?

An automatic upgrade Bash script requires PHP executable 5.3+, how do I ensure that is the case in the upgrade script? I'd like the script to quit and generate some message into the log when php 5.3+ ...
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Version Lock Ubuntu Repository

I found some duplicates of this question, but none of them answered exactly the thing I want to try. I have one QA and one production server managed by chef solo. I want to version lock the apt ...
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How to automate GPG file decryption over SSH?

I would like to use GnuPG to decrypt short messages that are stored on a remote host (running Linux), i.e.: ssh [<user>@]<host> gpg -d <file-to-decrypt> interact with gpg-agent and/...
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Windows DHCP/DNS/AD - Retrieve/Store/Manage IP Addresses

We're using a windows 2012 R2 server as DHCP/DNS/AD. I would like to use a tool, that enables me to retrieve every IP addresses that are in use, and DNS register and/or hostnames associated with. Plus,...
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Best practice for organisation wide user management [closed]

We have a green fields environment (kinda) in which our Active Directory is currently the most canonical source of people information. As our organisation grows to 400+ employees we need a way to ...
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How do I run my PowerShell scripts in parallel without using Jobs?

If I have a script that I need to run against multiple computers, or with multiple different arguments, how can I execute it in parallel, without having to incur the overhead of spawning a new PSJob ...
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Powershell Security Groups

Active Directory via powershell want to add users to a specific group. But that is a member of a particular group of users that other members do not want to be included in the relevant group. For ...
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Apt-dater: Keep specific packages from updating

I am using Apt-dater to manage updating of Ubuntu servers. I have some packages that cannot be updated but want to still update everything else on those servers. I wonder if Apt-dater supports this. ...
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Consistent Install Disk Selection in RHEL Kickstart

In my kickstart installation I specify that the operating system should be installed on /dev/sda. We have some Dell machines in our environment with iDRAC. When virtual media is attached in iDRAC, it ...
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Tools for heterogeneous systems and way to start MySQL cluster automatically

I'm trying to auto start of MySQL Cluster. There are several nodes and several distinct processes, and I must start them in the proper order. Firstly, I must start ndb_mgmd on management nodes, ...
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Retrieve Information from Cisco router in Parsable Manner

I'm trying to write a script that will pull configuration files over SSH from Cisco routers and parse them, so I can ensure that they meet predefined standards (e.g. password shouldn't be "cisco"). ...
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Suppress chrome's first-time dialog on linux

I'm trying to install google chrome using puppet on a bunch of linux machines (SLES 12) and I don't want any dialogs that the user has to answer before they can start browsing. This is mainly because ...
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NFS client keytab: multiple machines

How should one go about setting up client-side keytab files for each client machine to access network services? My working example is NFSv4, which requires each client to have a Kerberos keytab ...
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How can I disable a scheduled task using Powershell?

I have a web application that runs on Windows Server 2008 R2, which has a large number of scheduled tasks which take care of all the backend stuff. When I do a software deployment which touches the ...
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Automatic repair software [closed]

Do anyone knows any kind of apps or services for "taking care of servers"? (besides managed servers) There are hundreds of ways your server or application can stop working properly. Small things are ...
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Java Deployment with automatic updates (without user confirmation)

Here in our company our users use 1 Java application which is updated every monday and always needs the latest java update. We install Java on Clients through SCCM 2012 R2. I already know how to do ...
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Keeping user's filesystem persistent across AWS EC2 spot instances

I noticed that, after a new Amazon AWS EC2 spot instance is auto-launched (I have that option turned on), the state of filesystem is not current (represent the last state before previous spot instance ...
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Getting VMware Port-ID using commandline

Is there a way to directly gather the vmware port-id using commandline? I'm trying to make monitoring switchports easy through esxcli but in order to get port statistics I require the portid of a VM ...
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Creating an Openstack user with only reboot permissions

What is the best approach for setting up an Openstack user that is limited to only rebooting servers using the Web API. The user needs to be able to access servers under different tenants, by using ...