Areca Master Password MR5CT2

Acquired this five drive external RAID unit at work and had to do some research to reset its password as nobody had remembered it. Some searching revealed the master password to the unit and apparently some others.

You can find the original site here


Some say it might need to be lowercase, for me the uppercase worked and lower did not.

Tested on:
Areca ARC-1210
Areca ARC-5030

By |March 10th, 2014|Categories: General|Tags: , , |2 Comments

Server Migrate from suPHP to mod_fcgid

I went ahead and migrated the configs on the server from suPHP to mod_fcgid. So far the performance is much better. Pages are loading faster and we are able to use APC again.

The steps were really just installing mod_fcgid, then add a line in the httpd conf, setup the wrapper script and change the vhosts.

There is already tons of information on the subject so I will just point to a few pages to help others…

I don’t use Ubuntu, but it helps to see some steps.

ArchLinux simple install guide

Says Apache 1.X but some information

Not talking about vhosts but some good info

By |July 31st, 2013|Categories: General|Tags: , , , |2 Comments

Using GMail as SMTP Client

I have had some problems recently adding another email account that I own to my gmail account as a ‘send as’ account. I have the option of using GMail SMTP servers but it adds the annoying ‘Sent on behalf of…” to the messages and I already have a postfix server setup for this account.

I would try everything offered. TLS, SSL, Unsecured, All different ports that I know I had open and working for years. I kept getting this error:

Your other email provider is responding too slowly. Please try again later, or contact the administrator of your other domain for further information.

Which is complete crap because I’m tailing the postfix log file and it never even hit me.

Well, as a test instead of giving GMail the DNS hostname of my postfix server I gave it the direct IP address and it just worked instantly. It seems the error is related to DNS. Not sure why, everything works great elsewhere.

Working for me now. Hope it helps somebody else.

By |July 18th, 2013|Categories: General|Tags: , , |5 Comments

ArchLinux on OVH Dedicated Server

OVH offers (at the moment) two ArchLinux distributions. One is not working as of this writting and the other is fairly old, and has a mix of initd and systemd parts. The partition wizard for the control panel is not great either.

I wanted to install a clean ArchLinux base and was looking around how to do it easily and correctly from the offered rescue-cd bootable they offer which happens to be a debian variant.

I found the following site:

Here are the important parts:

> gdisk /dev/sda
> mkfs -t ext4 /dev/sda1

> mount /dev/sda1 /mnt
> mkdir /mnt/tmp
> cd /mnt/tmp

> wget
> sh -a x86_64 /mnt
> wget -O /mnt/tmp/havegen.tar.xz

> mount -o bind /dev /mnt/dev
> mount -o bind /dev/pts /mnt/dev/pts
> mount -t proc /prorc /mnt/proc
> mount -t sysfs /sys /mnt/sys
> chroot /mnt

> cd /
> tar xJf /tmp/havegen.tar.xz
> havegen -w 1024

> pacman-key –init
> pacman-key –populate

> pacman -S base base-devel syslinux gdisk openssh sudo cmake
> gensftab / > /etc/fstab

# Create your hostname file: /etc/hostname containing the hostname of the system.

> nano /etc/locale.gen
> locale-gen
> ln -s /usr/share/timeinfo/America/New_York /etc/localtime

> mkinitcpio -p linux

> syslinux-install_update -i -a -m

> cp /etc/netctl/examples/ /etc/netctl
> netctl enable

> systemctl enable sshd.socket

# Modify /etc/systemd/system/ to change the port SSHD listens on.
By |July 12th, 2013|Categories: General|Tags: , , |0 Comments