Install Elastic Stack 5.6 on CentOS 7

By combining the massively popular Elasticsearch, Logstash, and Kibana (what was the ELK Stack is now the Elastic Stack), Elastic has created an end-to-end stack that delivers actionable insights in real time from almost any type of structured and unstructured data source. There are many resources that offer installation procedures from simple to complex configurations. This is my take on...Read More »

CheapSSL is NOT so cheap anymore!

I don't remember the specific dates or versions of the applications, but what I can state is that somewhere in recent years, Internet browsers and search engines, specifically Google, Google Chrome, and Firefox started to enforce the use of SSL certificates on websites. Websites will have higher page rankings with an SSL against those who do not. Chrome and Firefox...Read More »

Winamp is back!

Winamp is a media player that has been around since 1997. I know that in this world of modernization and simplified user interfaces some may not be too excited about the news of Winamp as a triumphant return, but it was one of the earliest applications that I had grown to love.  Winamp had and has the user interface that...Read More »

Migrate User Accounts from one CentOS server to another CentOS server

There are many articles that suggest that simply copying certain files from one CentOS to another CentOS server will be sufficient enough to migrate the user accounts along with their permissions and passwords.  Other arguments suggest that certain files such as the passwd and shadow files should never be manually edited; but the caveat is that there is no "utility"...Read More »

VMWare Workstation 11 and Windows 10 Blackscreen [Resolved]

There is a case where a user has Windows 10 running on VMware Workstation 11.  While this is recognized as an unsupported setup by VMware, Microsoft Windows 10 has been fully operational and running until the latest mandatory update.  The latest update from a really early version of Windows 10 (1511), presented the black-screen and made Windows inaccessible.  A roll-back...Read More »

Automate the kinit process with a secure password

If in the event you want to automate the kinit process and automate this process at logon, the steps outlined below will work.  This has been tested on a CentOS 7 installation. ktutil ktutil: addent -password -p username@DOMAIN.COM -k 1 -e rc4-hmac Password for username@DOMAIN.COM: [enter your password] ktutil: addent -password -p username@DOMAIN.COM -k 1 -e aes256-cts Password for username@DOMAIN.COM:...Read More »

Check Microsoft Windows Uptime

If you ever wanted to know how long Windows has been running without a system reboot, there are many ways to determine that.  However, hare are a couple of commands that I found useful. One will require a note to remember as it is a little long winded, the other, a little easier to remember.   Source How to Check...Read More »

Atlassian JIRA support for unsupported OpenJDK

Atlassian JIRA does not support OpenJDK. Oracle has changed it licensing for Oracle JDK.  With that in mind, the goal is to use OpenJDK as a replacement for the Oracle JDK. This is possible and easy to do. Search for your jira install %JIRA_HOME/jira/bin/check-java.sh.  On the line that contains "java version" change it to "openjdk version", then restart your install...Read More »