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Synology Diskstation DS1812+ Suddenly Dies and Resolution

I had a negative experience that turned out to have a positive ending. Sharing this experience may hopefully help someone else. A Synology Diskstation DS1812+ NAS has served well for several years, until one day it was found turned off. I pressed the power button in an attempt to turn it back on as there was no prior indication of...Read More »

Certbot Requires Python 2.7

This article describes how to use certbot with Python 2.7.  The assumption is that you have already installed certbot. At the bottom of this article, is a related post on how to install Python 2.7.  After installing Python, install/run certbot. To run certbot, enable python 2.7 first, then run the certbot commands. If, however, you are still getting errors about...Read More »

Install Python 2.7 on CentOS 6.x

CentOS 6.x uses python 2.6 for various things.  It is the default install and Python 2.7 is not available as a typical install but I  had a need for it and found a solution that worked for me. The test. If you type exit, and type python -V, this will revert to the existing python version.  The scl enable is…

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Convert an OVA/OVF VirtualBox to ESXi

This guide won't go into the actual export of a VirtualBox OVA with the intended use for a VMware ESXi 5.5 environment.  It won't even use the conventional tools that some sites suggest; however, this method worked for me. After repeated failure attempts to import a VirtualBox OVA, I used 7-zip to extract the contents (ignoring any error or warning...Read More »

Cannot Set Password Never Expires on Windows Server 2012

A stand-alone Microsoft Windows Server 2012 with logon as local Administrator keeps presenting itself with a popup message that the password is expired in 1 day and that you must change your password.  There were a couple of solutions that exist. One seemed more elegant and quicker than the other. The first solution to use the local security policy. Go…

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Install Emby Server on NetGear ReadyNAS Pro

While playing with Plex and Emby on different virtual machines, I thought it would be a fun exercise to install Emby on a NetGear ReadyNAS Pro. Emby is a media server designed to organize, play, and stream audio and video to a variety of devices. The problem was the ReadyNAS Pro firmware was 4.x.x and Emby server supports 6.8.0 or greater. ...Read More »

ReadyNAS Pro Upgrade Firmware from 4 to 6 (unsupported)

The NetGear ReadyNAS Pro can be a fantastic addition to any environment. Aside from a flaky power supply which wasn't too difficult to replace, (Another story for another time.), this box has been relatively descent. Well the power supply issue was big and annoying. The other annoying aspect to this NAS is it's dated firmware which displays this awful web page...Read More »

smbclient error in Mounting CIFS and NFS

There is a known working samba share.  There are servers that connect to it.  All of them happen to be Windows boxes.  However, wanted to connect a Linux (CentOS 7) to it.  When testing for a connection, it failed with an error message. The command and the error. The resolution turned out to be a simple one.  Update the client...Read More »