the field of converting any manual process into one that can be run mostly, or entirely, "hands-free"

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Check if offline files are being synced

I have been trying to find a tool or a script that can automate a check to see what users machines are making an offline cache. Basically we want to know that all the machines on our network are ...
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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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Suggestions for passing script status back to master controller service

I want to automate our update and upgrade process. What I would like to achieve is a controlling server executes a script of some description on the remote server, it knows the status of the remote ...
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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 ...
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Puppet Error: undefined method 'captures'

I posted this question on the networkengineering SE site, but it was determined to be off topic.... blah. I'm toying with the idea of using puppet for core network device configuration to increase ...
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Server configuration automation: Ubuntu on Windows Azure (+ WordPress, Nginx, Git)

We'd like some ideas on how to automatically configure Ubuntu virtual machines as staging servers for our application, test out the staging code, and then script deployments to the production server ...
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How to start a data collector upon high CPU load condition?

I have a Windows 2008R2 server that experience high CPU load for several minutes about once every couple of weeks. Unfortunately, when these events occurs, logging into the system through RDP or at ...
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Automated nightly backup of 1TB drive on Ubuntu Server

How you would set up an automated nightly backup for the whole disk (boot and data partition) running Ubuntu Server? I have a 1TB drive (current usage 200GB) and I want to have daily clone of this ...
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Automating the creation of SQL servers

VMWare has a tool called vFabric Data Directory which allows you to automate building SQL, Postgress and Oracle servers using VMWare. Is there something simular to this that will work for Hyper-V? I ...
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Automating RDP session availability test

We have a daily procedure when operator logs on via RDP to Windows hosts to ensure the operation is successful so other users can logon at the later stage and to their work. Putting aside question ...
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How can I automate a new linux server's initial setup?

Every time I setup a new server, I follow a series of steps on each server in order to get updates, set passwd, remove login via root user, customize a familiar environment (bashrc) and secure the ...
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What tools can run scripts on multiple windows servers? [closed]

I'm looking for a tool that can schedule a job (shell script, vbs, powershell) on 100+ standalone Windows servers. I know Altiris can do that, but I think it needs an agent on every server. I prefer ...
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Recommendations for bootstrapping Ubuntu server

When I create new Ubuntu 12.10 instances, I typically bootstrap them by manually SSHing onto the machine and editing the sudoers to put a NOPASSWD on the default user (e.g., ec2-user, azureuser, ...
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Hyper-V and Windows Server with Powershell/Automated?

So my work is looking into Automating Hyper-V Servers for Test Environments, Basically in the end we want to have a sort of Web/Form interface for selecting a server spin up. Right now it's done ...
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Trying to automate server tasks, stuck on gathering critical update information from WSUS

I asked this question at Stack Overflow but they said I would have better luck here. I am using VBScript to automate a lot of server tasks, I'm simply checking to make sure the server build team did ...
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Windows batch find folder if statement

Assume a file system with the following format Folder A --->Folder 1 --->Folder 2 --->Folder 3 etc.. Folder B --->Folder 4 --->Folder 2 --->Folder 3 Folder C --->Folder 1 --->Folder 2 --->Folder 3 ...
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Windows Server Patching: Verification of Windows server coming back up after reboots? [closed]

I have been working towards improving our monthly Windows Server update process. The goal is to remove as much of the manual process as possible. Our process has been 1) Present updates to servers ...
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395 views

Automatic changing of local passwords [closed]

This is the third time I've seen this when working on site for a customer, so I know it's possible, I'm just wondering how. It seems that the Local Administrator account has it's password changed ...
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Idea for taking down half of the servers vs rolling restart?

We're setting up HAProxy to balance our application (ASP.NET MVC 3 running on IIS). We want our process to be without scheduled maintenance for deployment. I'm trying to figure out the correct way to ...
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Tool to collect and read all linux logs in one place [duplicate]

I have two linux servers. I'm an administrator, and part of my daily routine is to check all the logs for errors or strange messages. So, every morning I check: On server #1: /var/log/syslog ...
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powershell call operator with multiple arguments?

I am trying to use the powershell call operator to essentially run the following command: "C:\Program Files (x86)\PuTTY\plink.exe" "-v -agent -m C:\Scripts\idrac_powerup_commands.txt ...
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Automated WSUS reporting

We have WSUS 3.0 SP2 installed and I was wondering if it is possible to schedule and e-mail reports in pdf format or perhaps place them on a shared folder?
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Windows Update for numerous powered-down Virtual Machines [closed]

Before I dive into the question asking, let me give some background on the question. I have a VM project I am working on. Sales reps at my company need to have VMs of different configurations to demo ...
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Automation Methods - Templates or Scripting

Background We setup very large systems which consist of many different types of servers, switches, and routers. These systems are then shipped out to different locations and are turned on ready to ...
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Generic script to print files of various types in Windows

Is there a command or script in Windows to print a file (various file types such as .doc .xls .txt .pdf) to the default printer? As far as I know one usually has to execute the relevant application ...
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Monitor servers for changes made outside of automation software

The company I work for is currently investigating the deployment of an centralized automation system (like Salt or Puppet) for our servers (all Ubuntu/FreeBSD). We will probably go along with Salt, ...
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Creating a script to install a Perl application and its dependencies automatically

I have a Perl application that needs a lot of dependencies that i need to deploy on numerous servers I would like to make a script that installs that Perl application automatically and quickly. To ...
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Chef - how much abstraction is smart?

We have > 20 individual apps that we support. Most do not see changes more than a couple times a year. We think chef will help us down the line. I am trying to find a happy medium between manual ...
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Opscode Chef nginx compile from source issue reports successful run but does nothing

I am trying to install nginx from source in Opscode Chef and its bit weird, it runs complaining nothing but does not install it either. This is how my role attributes look like looks like "nginx":{ ...
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ssh remote execution always exits 127

quick question: I have a program that is spawning a process which executes a basic remote command over SSH such as: ssh aiden@host /bin/ps Running this manually from my shell is successful (as you ...
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Automatic Site Creation [closed]

I have created a platform that i want users to sign up and a new site is created for them instantly. Users will register and afterwards they will receive a username and password for their personal ...
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How to set only specific nginx server block into maintenance mode programmatically

I am looking for a solution to automate one of our application's deployment process. In the beginning of deployment, I would like to programmatically set the specified server into maintenance mode and ...
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How to handle many daily emails from cron efficiently?

With each new server comes at least one more daily crontab email. The FreeBSD servers even send two: a daily and a security run output. Thanks to my obsession with virtualisation the number of emails ...
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Browser Install with Bookmarks

Goal: Install firefox and chrome with a default set of bookmarks on Windows 7 x86. The immediate need is for freshly imaged machines to have bookmarks. So I'm looking for an msi /flag or something to ...
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Root crontab not executing script

I have a script listed in my roots crontab 07 9 * * * /opt/HLRSDATA_2010_OCT/HLRS_Scheduler_sp.sh > /opt/HLRSDATA_2010_OCT/logs/HLRTKJob.log This script contains the following #!/bin/bash echo ...
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Why can't “knife data bag from file” find existing json file on chef server?

Summary: I'm running into a problem with "knife data bag from file", where knife doesn't recognize the .json data bag file pulled down from a remote git repo. Background: I'm currently trying to ...
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Method to integrate Powershell scripts with non-Windows workflow?

I love the smell of new machines in the morning. I'm automating a machine creation workflow that involves several separate systems across my infrastructure, some of which involve 15 year old perl ...