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

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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 ...
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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, ...