Windows

Creating a Domain Trust with Red Hat IdM/FreeIPA and Active Directory

This is something I wrote quite some time ago, and some how it was never published. Apologies for the late release.

What is a Domain Trust and why would I want one?

A Domain Trust, in the traditional sense, is a feature that would allow one “Domain” (Typical a Windows Active Directory Domain), to be set up to trust another “Domain”.

In the Active Directory world, trusts are generally used for large organisations who wish to join one organisations infrastructure to another.
For example, Company A has just purchased Company B, and as an interim step of consolidation, they would join them together in order to allow Company A staff to access resources of Company B and visa versa.

With the release of FreeIPA 3.0, setting up a trust with Active Directory is now a supported feature.

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Creating a DNS Stub Zone in Windows Server 2003/2008/2012

There comes a time when you may be required to integrate a more complex DNS infrastructure other than a policy of  “all requests come here and then go out to the web” for resolution.

Lets say, you work at Company X which operates a Windows DNS infrastructure of “domain.com”. Changes are you run a very similar principle to the above. Perhaps your DNS servers are your Active Directory Domain Controllers and when they are unable to resolve an address of something.domain.com, it simply forwards the DNS query out into the ether (perhaps this might go to your ISP or even direct to the root DNS servers around the world).
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Enhancing your logging capabilities with Splunk

If you come from a Linux or Unix background, reading through logs is something you come to expect. It is something you have developed quick and easy ways to filter through large volumes of information on the fly, but still doing this manually.

If you come from a Windows background, your understanding of logging is checking what is in the Windows Event Viewer or using Notepad to close/reopen a text file for a specific application you are running.

Splunk is a web based tool that can help you filter through all of those logs, but give you the exact results you are searching for.

This article will take you through setting up Splunk in your environment, and how to quickly search for information for exactly what you are looking for.

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Adding CloneZilla to your existing PXE deployment model

Firstly, thanks again to Gavin Spurgeon for his assistance with getting this solution working smoothly.

Two days ago I wrote an article about setting up PXE network booting. This is very useful when it comes to quick provisioning with Kickstarts or other utilities.
You can find my article here if you’d like to run through setting up PXE in your environment.

In this article, I’ll be covering for those Windows users amongst you, how to use CloneZilla (Open Source alternative to Symantec Ghost) combined with PXE to quickly deploy your company Standard Operating Environments (SOE’s).

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