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

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Cygwin SSHd Autoblock Failed Logins

I'm running Cygwin with an SSH deamon on a Windows Server 2008 machine. I was looking at the Event Viewer and noticed as much as 5 to 6 failed login attempts per second (brute force) for the last week ...
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Automatically Configure New Computers

My company is in the process of upgrading all of our users from old Windows XP computers to newer quad-core Win7 computers. This is a good thing - it's long overdue that we upgrade our workstations - ...
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How to automate SSH login with password?

How to automate SSH login with password? I'm configuring my test VM, so heavy security is not considered. SSH chosen for acceptable security with minimal configuration. ex) echo password | ssh ...
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Automating server deployment

I find i am constantly settings up pretty much nearly identical servers and VPSs for a number of my clients and it can be very time consuming. Often the only thing that changes between each deployment ...
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How to automate slipstream?

Since years I use slipstreamed Windows installations. This works very well, but preparing them is tedious : 1 - install a Windows with the last slipstreamed version we have (automated install) 2 - ...
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Ubuntu Kickstart installation using LVM waits for input

I have a PXE Boot Setup for installing CentOS 5 and Ubuntu 10.04 via Kickstart. I use LVM and installing CentOS without any user interaction works but Ubuntu always asks to "confirm to write changes ...
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debian mysql auto daily backuping

I need to backup my Mysql database daily under a Debian server. I know there are plenty of scripts out there but my need is backing up daily as a sql file and putting each backup seperately(maybe the ...
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How do you handle updates on a server?

I am really lazy I will give you guys this ;) but I have ~25 virtual machines running on xen. I really like xen and everything but now comes the tricky part.. I don't really feel like going through 25 ...
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Automated extraction of email attachment on Exchange Server

An Exchange email account was created through which I will receive daily emails with three different Excel attachments. Each Excel attachment has to be saved in one of three different folders. Can ...
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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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Persistent Network Configuration using KVM and libvirt

Our environment will have a KVM host setup dynamically using kickstart (easy enough). The hard part is dealing with network configuration and keeping VLAN configuration (and possibly bridge/host ...
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What's the biggest time saver you've implemented?

Which changes that you have implemented did have the biggest impact on saving time in you daily sysadmin workload? What are your tricks to work more efficient and get more things done or work less for ...
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How do you optimize new user setup?

What's your top trick for getting a new employee set up quickly? Do you use images, scripts, something else?
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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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Ssh, run a command on login, and then Stay Logged In?

I tried this with expect, but it didn't work: it closed the connection at the end. Can we run a script via ssh which will log into remote machines, run a command, and not disconnect? So ssh in a ...
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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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How To Shutdown Ubuntu Automatically X Minutes After Starting Up?

How would one automatically shutdown an ubuntu OS 30 minutes after it was turned on? Or 15 minutes after it was turned on? Etc? I tried creating an init.d script like so: shutdown -h +5 But my box ...
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Script to do Windows Update on windows server 2003

Is there any batch script or command line command that can do Windows Update automatically on multiple remote servers (maybe via psexec)? Not prefer using a VB script, but if there's one available, ...
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Adding a user to the local Administrator group using powershell

I would like to use powershell to add a spesific user to the local administrator group on a machine. I would be running the powershell script in the context of a user that has Administration rights ...
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Unattended installations of Mac OS X

Is there a way to setup a networked automated OS deployment for Mac OS X? Admins wanting to deploy RedHat can deploy over the network using Kickstart (with the install media on a shared network ...
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How can I automatically create/control VMs using vsphere?

Is it possible to automatically create virtual machines using vSphere / ESXi? How would I go about doing that? I have a script to automatically create + install windows on a VM using VirtualBox. It ...
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Robot Datacenter Automation, can it be done? [closed]

To take the concept of automation to the most time consuming part of an IT infrastructure, rack and stack of a datacenter. What if there was a fully automated system of robots in a datacenter that was ...
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Product Recommendation: Good job scheduler for windows servers? [closed]

Looking for a mostly-GUI tool that is low cost (less then $1k, but not required) and allows you to create scheduled tasks and jobs without writing vbscript, batch files, or powershell. Something ...
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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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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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How do I automate the deployment of an SSRS 2008R2 server?

I’m trying to write an automated deployment script for SSRS, and I can’t seem to find any information on how to automate the process of configuring the server after a Files-Only installation. I have ...
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Bot? check if a domain name is availible?

I am trying to get a 3 letter domain with .net or .org and it seems like EVERY combination is taken. Is there a way i can get a list of domains available? perhaps with a bot? (i'll write it if i need ...