A form of computer programming that — in the context of system administration — lends it self well to automating tasks.

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How do I turn off Windows 7 Firewall via script or through automation?

This is in regards to working on machines before joining the machine to a domain and although I would love to rely on GPO, that isn't an option at this time. In the environment I'm working in, the ...
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Script to log internet connectivity outage [closed]

What is the best approach to setting up a script to monitor and report a server's connection to the Internet? I'm not referring to connection to the local network, but rather a server's (or the whole ...
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Tracking down dovecot IMAP user bandwidth usage

One of my customers is using massive amounts of bandwidth, it appears to be related to IMAP and not their actual website. There is a logfile /var/log/maillog which logs each IMAP connection and the ...
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Monitor port status in Linux [closed]

I want to monitor the list of used ports in linux system. I want to make a script that can run an alert when a new port is up or down. For example when the port 8080 is up , i get an alert: this port ...
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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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powershell script to create exchange report

I have some script write on PowerShell and I have some problem. When I run this script I have some error in output: You cannot call a method on a null-valued expression. At ...
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Automated Logon with Macro backup script

I'm having some issues with an automated backup macro script I've written using Autohotkeys. My specific issue is that I need the script to run on a Windows based server at a given time during the ...
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find: how to not have errors (stderr) when no files exists

I have a custom script which gzip log files when they are one day old. In my script all errors (stderr) are logged to a file and at the end of the script I use this file to know if its execution was ...
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Vbscript proxy settings

I'm trying to create a script that allows the user to choose which proxy settings want to use among several possible. The changes are applied correctly but takes about 20 or 30 seconds to appear at ...
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Powershell - Select-object keeping same columns throughout script

OK. I'm just drawing a blank here or I'm missing something obvious. In a Powershell (V3) script, I'm calling Get-ADUser -Filter 'SAMAccoutnName -like $ADUserName' -Properties ...
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Schedule Task 2008 R2 - cmd line requires unix utc time - how to get it dynamically?

These forums are great, and I'm hoping to get some help with a headache I have on doing a process manually that should be easier to automate than I've found it to be. I have a command line tool from ...
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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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Add user account to local Administrator group on multiple Windows Server 2008 machines

I have a number of servers to which I need to grant administrative access to 1 particular user, i.e. add him to local admins. I guess it can be scripted with PowerShell or somehow else.. Can somebody ...
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Automatic Saving of Windows Event Logs [closed]

I'm looking for a way to automatically save off Windows security event logs from several servers to one central location (connected on the network and domain). I want to be able to do this on a ...
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Postfix: Pass a copy of an email to a script but deliver the original one to mailbox

It's actually quite simple: I want to pass all incoming emails to a PHP-script, but only as a copy, the original email shall still be delivered to the mailbox as usual. I just can't seem to get it ...
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Command line adding a printer with duplex and fax enabled

We have an OCE Imagistics cm2520 unit, a big copier that does fax and duplex printing. Currently I'm trying to have our XP workstations print without using a Windows print server, but just using the ...
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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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Shell script command output in if condition comparison fails to compare to same value string

I'm incorporating a script snippet which determines Android version via: adb shell getprop ro.build.version.release which returns: 4.1.2 or 4.0.4 The snippet currently looks like this: if [ "$(adb ...
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Assign Static MAC address to VM Hyperv

I have a scenario that involves building out a ton of virtual machines in Hyper-V, I cannot use SCVMM and must use a scripted method to create these VMs. I have a CSV with all required information ...
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Using Powershell to Create Exchange Contacts from a .CSV file

What I would like to do is use a Powershell script to create Contacts within a certain folder in Active Directory from a .csv file. This script should allow me to create the first part of an email ...
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Scripting WINS Tombstone Removal

I'm creating a script to remove the tombstoned entries in WINS (required for exchange w/ multi domains). What I'd like to know is if removing those old entries will break anything? Or if there's ...
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How to get from a Hyper-V 2008 R2 node with Powershell the IP address and Vlan ID

I tried to take from the Hyper-V (Hyper-V 2012) node with this command the IP address: Get-VM | select -ExpandProperty networkadapters | select vmname, ipaddress The thing is that i take as an ...
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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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sed regexp for replacing xxx in define('DB_PASSWORD', 'xxxx');?

I'm looking for a regexp to quickly replace the password inside the following wp-config file, like so: define('DB_PASSWORD', 'xxxx'); Now the config file has many defines, so it essential to only ...
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portqry to check connectivity

Is it possible to check the connectivity between 2 remote servers using portqry given that the portqry.exe command is executed on another server. for example, check the connectivity between serverA ...
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debian bash/sh string execution

I am stuck with this piece of code here user@server:~$ TEST="ssh rsync@otherserver.example.org 'date; hostname -A; uname -a'" user@server:~$ $TEST bash: date; hostname -A; uname -a: Command not ...
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Windows Login straight to Terminal Server

Essentially I'm looking for some way via batch (or potentially powershell, but win XP machines so ideally batch) to open up a RDP connection to a LAN based Terminal Server upon a user logging into a ...
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Script to move Maildir contents to its parent dir but for multiple folders

I totally suck at Bash/Python/Ruby/Perl Scripting (need to practice/learn some more) so I'm asking for a little help :-) I need to move about the contents of about 60 Maildirs to their parent folder ...
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computer startup script reporting success to a server

I am using Group Policy to deploy a computer startup script that tries to uninstall one program and install another. I need this script to report its status (whether a certain file exists on the ...
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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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Set the username and password for DCOM application

Is there a way to run a script against a remote machine to enter the username and password for a specific DCOM application? Locally on the server, I can open up Command Prompt, and type: dcomperm ...
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Test Multiple Server for login (WIndows 2008)

I currently run a PING sanity check test (batch file with result file) on over 80 servers in 4 environment. But, even if we "ping" ok 100% of the servers, it doesn't mean that the machine are working ...
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Script to rename home folder from a name to an assigned number

I am looking to rename some home folders within AD to and card ID number for my users. i want to eliminate having to manipulate a home folder for a user when the name changes so we are going to a ...
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monit displays false number from my uptime script

I've wrote a script for fetch real uptime and display in monit. But I think it displays just exit error status. My uptime script is: #!/bin/sh uptime=`uptime | awk -F " " '{print $3}'` echo $uptime ...
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Is there a programmatic way to determine free disk space on a Linux server?

I have a collection of Linux servers, each of which has a local hard drive with a /tmp directory. Occasionally, the /tmp directory on a server will fill up and cause errors. I want to automate the ...
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Issue with ifconfig in a shell script (using cron)

If I execute this script manually in Debian: #!/bin/bash /sbin/ifconfig wlan0 down /sbin/ifconfig wlan0 up sudo iwconfig wlan0 essid "WLAN_NETWORK" sudo iwconfig wlan0 key myPassword sudo dhclient ...
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Powershell script to delete oldest files (not relative to current date)

I DO NOT want to "delete files older than X days." If I wanted to do this, I'd just pick one of the thousands of scripts out there that have already been written for that purpose, and I wouldn't ...
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Red hat script on shutdown

I need to backup some files every time i will shutdown a Red Hat enterprise 4 Linux. I thought about make it with a script in /etc/rc0.d but shutdown process should wait for my script to finish. So ...
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suggestions on scripting a move of lots of files from one linux host to another [closed]

I've got several TB and many thousands of files I need to move across the network from one Linux host to another. I'd like to get suggestions on how to script this with the following points in mind: ...
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Backing up remote Postgres database

I have a Windows 2008 Server machine with a postgres database running on it. I'd like to back it up daily and have it sent to another machine (running Ubuntu or Windows). What's the best way to set ...
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What shell scripts have run [closed]

Is there any way to determine what shell scripts ran within a certain time frame? I.e. I need to know all the shell scripts that ran yesterday between 2:00 an 5:00.
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Need to modify VB script so it deletes all existing network printers first

We have a fantastic VB script that adds multiple network printers, then goes on to select one of them to be the default. Dim multiPrinter, UNCpath1, UNCpath2, UNCpath3 UNCpath1 = "\\server\printer1" ...
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On linux, how can I create script to reboot server if it loses internet for x hours? [closed]

I have ubuntu server that has some services that only come back after loosing internet for an extended period of time with a reboot. Does anyone have a script that can reboot server if lose internet ...
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How to prevent termination of long-running Python script

I have a cron job running a Python script on a VM-based remote Ubuntu server. The script takes a couple hours to run, and I'm noticing the kernel appears to be terminating the script before it ...
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Batch script to create home home directories from list of names

I'm trying to create a home directories with permissions from a text file. I can only get the batch file to run the first line. Can anyone tell me why? I initiate the scripts by running go.bat as ...
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Server setup scripts, patches and migrations

I have written some scripts which I use to configure various servers in a uniform way. Each time I deploy a server I run the relevant scripts so that I know they're all configured the same. I then ...
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.bat file - Nagios v3.2 service check and start if stopped

I'm just barely getting into programming so I do apologize for my ignorance. I'm trying to create a .bat file that will check if a service is running on XP Pro. If service is running it will exit 0. ...
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What is the industry standard method for administering the change of the local administrator password for all machines on a domain?

Although there appears to be three available options, one of which is actually secure, there seems to be only two available choices that will be able to impact machines that are not powered on at the ...
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Changing Zone files with sed

I have this dns zone file I was unable to change the resource record type A to CNAME @ IN SOA ns1.domain.com. webdev.domain.com. ( 2006080101 ; serial 8H ; refresh 2H ...
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Getting WINS Server Statistics

I know WINS is ancient. No need to remind me. For what it's worth, this effort is going toward a project to retire it from the environment altogether. But before I can do that - I need to be able to ...