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iFolder 3.8 available!

Kablink has released iFolder 3.8.

New features in 3.8

  • Multi-level administration
  • Active Directory integration for iFolder
  • Support for 2.4 runtime environment of server
  • Pass phrase recovery wizard
  • Changing iFolder account password from webaccess and console and thick clients
  • Enhanced User interface for Linux and Windows clients
  • Enhanced client startup performance
  • iFolder client for openSUSE 11.1, openSUSE 11.2, OS X 10.6 and Windows 7
  • 64 bit version of iFolder client on Windows
  • More info at the Kablink site

    openSUSE 11.2 and VMware Workstation

    Quick note on VMware products and openSUSE 11.2: There is a slightly different package selection needed to be able to successfully have VMware products build & run on openSUSE 11.2.

    These are the packages you need to have installed:

    kernel-sources
    kernel-syms #will also add dev packages
    make #used to be selected by default
    gcc
    gcc++

    Having the above packages VMware Workstation 6.5.3 and above should build normally.

    Possibly this is what's needed to get VMware Server 2.x up and running though I haven't tested it.

    OES2 SP2 available!

    Shortly after openSUSE being released, Novell announced the availability of OES2 SP2. As stated on the Novell site:

    It's not just bug fixes and security patches. With all-new capabilities like auditing files in NSS on Linux with Novell Sentinel, an FTP gateway for remote access and enhanced migration tools that streamline NetWare upgrades, SP2 offers significant value. Combined with the Domain Services for Windows, iFolder 3.7, and AFP and CIFS protocol support included in SP1, you get new functionality for IT and end users alike

    Grab your copy here

    Installing iFolder on SLES 11

    After placing the howto install iFolder Server on openSUSE, I received the question if this is also possible on SLES.

    Good news for those looking to do this, as it's just as easy as installing on openSUSE. There are some small differences when installing on SLES 11.

    In a nutshell:

    Make Linux faster and lighter

    There is a nice article on TuxRadar giving many tips on different levels on howto tweak your Linux system: TuxRadar: make Linux faster and lighter

    If you are running openSUSE, don't get too much into the Yum and Apt tweaking bits... ;)

    Happy tweaking!

    Installing iFolder Server on openSUSE 11.1 & 11.2

    iFolder is a superb solution to keep your files synchronized (using delta-sync) on multiple computers/laptops as single user or in groups and in a secure manner. Content can be accessed from any system offering an internet connection using a standard browser or iFolder client (clients are available on Linux, Mac & Windows).

    More info on the open source iFolder project : http://www.kablink.org/

    On a running openSUSE 11.x system, you can have your iFolder Server up and running within 15 minutes.

    Nagios security

    An interesting post on securing Nagios!

    Nagios is a monitoring software designed to let you know about problems on your hosts and networks quickly. You can configure it to be used on any network. Setting up a Nagios server on any Linux distribution is a very quick process however to make it a secure setup it takes some work. This article will not show you how to install Nagios since there are tons of them out there but it will show you in detail ways to improve your Nagios security.

    Read more here : http://www.linuxsecurity.com/content/view/144088

    Creating SLES 11 USB install media

    After having reviewed openSUSE 11.2 for my Acer Aspire Revo (which b.t.w. runs great on this box!), I've decided to go for SLES 11 due to having two applications that don't run stably (yet) on 11.2.

    To my surprise SLES 11 supports the Acer's hardware just fine 'out of the box'. The challenge so far was getting SLES installed on the Acer. As it does not have a built-in CD/DVD drive, I needed to install from USB.

    What's needed:

  • The SLES install DVD 1 - 32 or 64 bit
  • A USB flash drive with at least 2.6 GB free
  • A system, Linux or Windows, to create the media on
  • Note: If you have access to SUSE Studio, you can use that to quickly build a custom USB install. Sadly :) I don't have access yet, but managed to create a USB bootable stick quite easily following these two guides:

    Creating a bootable USB stick from the openSUSE install media

    On the openSUSE 11.2 milestone (beta) release page there was a nice tip on how to quickly make a bootable install usb stick using the LiveCD's:


    Note, if you need to try the live CD on a machine with no CD-ROM drive, you can copy it to a USB key with the following command:

    dd if=image.iso of=/dev/sdX bs=4M

    Replace “image.iso” with the name of the ISO image that you have downloaded, and replace “sdX” with the actual device name of your USB drive. Be careful! This will erase the target device, so make sure you have the correct device name and have any vital data backed up!

    I'll be trying this on my new pet project : the Acer ASPIRE Revo 3600 Nettop :)

    Zen7 SP1 IR4 brings support for SLES 10 SP2 & OES2 SP1 (32 &) 64 bit

    Installing Zenworks 7 on OES2 SP1 and SLES 10 SP2 64bit would leave the PXE (proxydhcp) service in a broken state.

    'ZENworks 7 Desktop Management on Linux Support Pack 1 Interim Release 4' fixes this.

    Find more info on the TID here.

    The TID also contains links to patches to resolve the issue for those running IR3.

    Note the install instructions for OES:

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