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

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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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Tool to synchronise folder structures (Windows) [on hold]

I need to find a tool to synchronise an (empty) directory structure, NTFS shares and NTFS permissions across ~30 Windows 2012 servers. The application we are developing requires a certain directory ...
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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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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 ...
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How to run a job multiple times in Autosys

I have an SFTP job that downloads a file from a remote site. The remote file may be available any time between 10 - 11 am. I need to configure the autosys job in such a way that it retries in case of ...
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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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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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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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EC2 UserData analog for Windows on ESXI

Are there any analog of the ec2 user data for the Windows on ESXI? I want to solve following task: when new instance starts at the first time on ESXI hypervisor it need to be bootstraped with some ...
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Automated the reflection connecting process by taken connection details from file

How to automate the Reflection connection? For example In order to connect to linux1 machine I need to do the following manual steps Open reflection window --> click on connection setup button ...
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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 to automate an installation of Phusion Passenger and Nginx?

When the command: ./passenger-install-nginx-module is run, it asks a bunch of questions when logged in to the server. The aim is to automate this process, how can this be done if it requires ...
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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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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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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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Automate the installation of postfix on Ubuntu

My system configuration script does an "apt-get install -y postfix". Unfortunately the script is halted when the postfix installer displays a configuration screen. Is there a method to force postfix ...
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Send message to IRC channel from bash

I have installed ircd-hybrid on my Ubuntu Server (192.168.1.2, example.com). We use #teamchannel to communicate inside the team. The question is: how can I send some short message from example.com to ...
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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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Automatically configure networking on new VM in XenServer

We have a base RHEL 6.5 64-bit template that we use to create new VMs in XenServer. Every time we make one, we have to configure: /etc/hosts /etc/sysconfig/network ...
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Windows 8: no way to automation? [closed]

Let's say I have all-by-default Windows 8 installation with a VMware Tools pre-installed as a template in my vSphere. This template is used by a lot of people for many different purposes, so that's ...
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How can I use chef to configure a basic system starting from a template?

I am working on the setup of a new virtual infrastructure that will eventually become the production one. I am at the very beginning and I want to use Chef as automation tool. I've already worked with ...
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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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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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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 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 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 to set ulimits for a service starting at boot?

I need, for mysql to use large-pages, to set a ulimit - I've done this in limits.conf. However, limits.conf (pam_limits.so), doesn't get read in for init, only for "real" shells. I solved this before ...
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Multiple related resources in chef recipe

I need to run some commands depending on a result of previous execution, which again depends on some package being installed. On the first run, I'd expect something like: install package "XXX" get ...
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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 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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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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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. ...
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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 to automate PDF printing

I'm looking to automate the printing of PDF's from a Windows 2008 Server to an IPP Printer. Are there any options for PDF printing built directly into the OS? Does anyone have experience with good ...
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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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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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How to copy many Scheduled Tasks between Windows Server 2008 machines?

I have several standalone Win2008 (R1+R2) servers (no domain) and each of them has dozens of scheduled tasks. Each time we set up a new server, all these tasks have to be created on it. The tasks are ...
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Secure method of changing a user's password via Python script/non-interactively

Questions Is there a more secure/better way for setting a user's password non-interactively via a Python script? My current solution uses chpasswd from a Fabric script. Another option would be to ...
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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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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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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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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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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"). ...