Unifying Logins with LDAP

Over the past few days I got OpenLDAP installed on a VM, and configured a few other VMs to use the server for authentication. The real struggle was to get sudo-ldap to play nicely and to automate the system for a simple, yet granular system for giving people access to certain machines. Currently, I have a few configuration files that list the users, their password hashes and which machines they can administer. A few homebrew scripts I threw together then parse through those files and make the changes. If a user needs to be giving sudo access to three machines, rather than logging into those three machines and making a user, and granting access on each, just modify two files and you’re done. If you’re looking for more information on how it’s done, check out the COSI wiki, which has lots of cool information about all sorts of things.

Peace and chow,

Ranok

Zimbra Update

Today, while looking up some DNS settings, I saw that the MX record for mail.cosi.clarkson.edu had been set. So I configured the Zimbra image to support *@cosi.clarkson.edu addresses for COSI members and COSI use. So far, Zimbra seems very easy to manage, and also very quick and responsive. I really like how they have registered the right mouse button for a context menu, so that everything is very natural and intuitive to use.

Peace and chow,

Ranok

Migration to WordPress

Yesterday I migrated my blog to WordPress, as LifeType was outdated and pretty buggy. While I liked LifeType, it’s nice to be using a more standard blogging software that supports all the latest APIs. The transition was simple, I merely installed WordPress, and then set LifeType to publish all my posts in it’s RSS feed, which I had WordPress import. WordPress was smart enough to add the posts and categories from my old blog.

Peace and chow,

Ranok

A Fun Little Site: ThinkLink

While on the train back from my girlfriend's house, I whiled away the hours making ThinkLink, a site that uses various association techniques to find others while think like you. After signing up, you just type the first thing that pops into your head when you read the idea, or look at the picture. After doing 20+ of these, you can click on your name to see other's who made the same associations as you did, I just did it to keep myself busy, but it's very interesting to see how closely some of my best friends are linked together, even though they have not met. It's still very much in its infancy, but feel free to give it a shot.

 

                                       Peace and chow,

 

                                     Ranok