Password Management with 1Password

Password Management with 1Password

After our web-host was hacked and shell user names and passwords were exposed, I began to realize the days of using single passwords were over.  I know, as an admin, it should never have been that way in the first place.  But frankly the practical aspects of keeping the now 200 plus passwords that I’m responsible for was simply too overwhelming.  So, I set out on a mission to find a utility that would help. I decided for me, it was critical that the app support iOS for both my iPhone and iPad and Windows 7.  Support for MacOS was a plus, but not requirement.  What I landed on was 1Password by AgileBits.  1Password not only supports every single platform I use, WINDOWS, iOS5, Snow Leopard, it has the ability sync via DropBox (which if you arn’t...

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Issues with Dreamhost redirecting malicious sites with PHP Trojan

Web-hosts are like dogs and fleas.  Just varying combinations of personality, sizes, and quirky issues.  And I’m certainly not naive enough to believe the grass is actually greener … to take my metaphorical web-dog over to.  But the events of of the last week have finally caused me to apply energy into the task of leaving Dreamhost!   So long.  Here’s why… Dreamhost records were hacked recently.  And according to their founder/president, Shell user/passwords were exposed.  I KNOW!  Whether or not that breach in their security led to the most recent one…I can’t answer.  And frankly, don’t care.  Downtime was common with them for my sites.  But this time, when the sites began redirecting unsuspecting subscribers to porn and...

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Dell iDRAC 6 not responding

For our Dell R610 servers, we apply firmware, Bios, and hardware patches using the Unified Server Configurator and an SUU Bundle created from Dell’s Repository Manager software. During a recent update, one of the servers returned the following error: “Alert! iDRAC6 not responding. Power required may exceed PSU wattage.” CAUSE: This produced a somewhat erroneous error that required F1 to continue. The problem appears to come from the server not fully power cycling properly during the update. There are also some buggy versions of the USC that can cause an issue as well. TO RESOLVE: Completely disconnect power from the server, and hold the power button in for 10 seconds to dump any residual in the iDRAC module or PSU...

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iTunes Option to Sync WI-FI not working.

I recently upgraded to iOS 5 on both my iPhone 3GS and iPAD 2. I selected the option in iTunes to sync wireless over Wi-Fi for both devices. However, only my iPhone would do this. The steps below resolved and fixed my issue: ** THIS ASSUMES you have verified any network issues to ensure the iTunes system and iOS device are on the same subnet. 1) Make sure the WI-FI sync is enabled via iTunes 2) Power Off the iPad by holding the sleep button for 3 secs and sliding the power bar. 3) Open iTunes (let it stablize if sync is taking place with other iOS devices). 4) Power iPad on. If the problem is corrected…the iOS device will appear automatically in iTUNES. The are several articles stating that the mobile device needs to be plugged into power. This is NOT...

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VirtualCenter Server will not start

Was working one minute…now its not! Welcome to the wonderful world of Windows Updates. I’m assuming this was broken by the unattended installation of Server 2008 R2 SP1 through our environment or some KB update prior. It all started with this error when I tried to log into VCenter Server: “vSphere Client could not connect to ‘{machine name}’ A connection failure occurred (Unable to connect to the remote server)” After investigating this, I determined the VMware VirtualCenter Server Service was not running. However, trying to start it produced an Event 7000, Service Control Manager “The VMware VirtualCenter Server service failed to start due to the following error: The service did not respond to the start or control...

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How to Whitelist a domain or email in Exchange 2010

If you have the Edge Transport Role installed on an Exchange 2010, mail may be rejected with the following error: My.User@domain.com mail.domain.com #<mail.domain.com #5.7.1 smtp; 550 5.7.1 Message rejected as spam by Content Filtering.> #SMTP# Don’t ask me why Microsoft has buried this feature! From what I can tell, the only way to whitelist in Exchange 2010 is through the Powershell – not the GUI.  Thanks to Chris Caldwell for the fix. Specific Address $list = (Get-ContentFilterConfig).BypassedSenders $list.add("new.mail@address.com") Set-ContentFilterConfig -BypassedSenders $list Entire Domain [PowerShell]$list = (Get-ContentFilterConfig).BypassedSenderDomains $list.add(“domain.com”) Set-ContentFilterConfig -BypassedSenderDomains...

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