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Client integration with IPBrick.OS and openSUSE Leap 42.1

Centralised directory services (OpenLDAP, LDAP ) on Linux clients and servers have always been a convoluted and time consuming process to manage and set-up. Not any more. As system integrator’s we have put two technologies together to make this process easier, and remove the complexity. This video will show how the powerful configuration tools in
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Date: March 2016 09:09:45 PM Category: IT Solutions, Open Source


Vmware VSAN virtualised storage area networks

Vmware VSAN and other Software Defined Storage is growing in popularity. The discs are placed back into the servers and become local, and we can mix SSD and spinning rust to create hybrid storage with the SSD’s providing caching. What are the real advantages over a conventional SAN.

Date: February 2016 06:46:38 PM Category: IT Solutions


Distorted audio with Yealink Phones and alaw g711a

If you have been searching for a reason why some of the latest Yealink phones have really bad audio when you are using g.711a or a-law codec. Here is the solution you are looking for. Yealink have got the SIP  rtpmaps the wrong way round for a-law and also u-law. Correct Mapping: g.711a  [alaw] is
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Date: January 2016 03:14:28 PM Category: Uncategorized


How to connect Symfony2 with IPBrick LDAP using KnpUGuard

After posting on Twitter my frustrations on trying  to connect Symfony2 to a LDAP server, I got a tweet back from Ryan Weaver pointing me at https://knpuniversity.com/screencast/guard. After a few hours of tinkering i had managed to achieve integration with a LDAP server based on a IPBrick communications server. IPBrick has a extremely easy interface
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Date: August 2015 03:15:45 PM Category: Development


reset local accounts on IPBrick

To reset the passwords on IPBrick (Debian) you will need to edit the default Grub menu at the boot screen. Select the kernel and the Grub Boot screen and press e Locate the kernel line of and enter init=/bin/bash at the very end. press CTRL-X The server will then boot at drop you at the
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Date: August 2015 05:21:02 PM Category: IT Solutions


Add new storage to your IPBrick

IPBrick creates 2 mount points on the file system for storage (/home1, /home2). You can add further storage locations (IPBrick refers to them as work areas) using a provided script. ipbrick:/opt/system/scripts# php system_add_new_workareas.php X X refers to the number of extra work-areas you want defined. Before running this script you must have already created the
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Date: August 2015 12:28:47 PM Category: IT Solutions


Asterisk Comedian Mail menu map

Date: August 2015 05:43:51 PM Category: IT Solutions


Configure UK console keyboard on IPBrick

When you first login to your IPBrick console , You will find that the keyboard mappings will not match the UK keyboard. Enter this command once you login: ipbrick:~# dpkg-reconfigure console-data Follow the onscreen menus and select the correct keyboard and language layout. You only have to perform this once.

Date: August 2015 11:58:08 AM Category: IT Solutions


Configure QOS on your IPBrick

QOS (Quality of Service) is a hack or work around if you do not have enough bandwidth to deploy delay sensitive applications such as voice. QOS can buy you sometime whilst you sought out your bandwidth problems. QOS has to be configured and deployed through the whole network for it to work ( Handsets, switches,
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Date: August 2015 10:28:53 AM Category: IT Solutions


How to Backup Your IPBrick

IPBrick 6.1  has 4 key areas where data is stored /home1* /home2 Postgres System Database Postgres User Database */home1 is a very important area. It shares this mount point with user data and system data. If your IPrick is very busy will be beneficial if you mount this area to a SAN with ample discs
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Date: August 2015 04:02:10 PM Category: IT Solutions


Kdenlive video editor missing effects

  http://superuser.com/questions/831700/how-to-get-the-missing-effects-on-kdenlive   sudo apt-get install frei0r-plugins gnome-video-effects-frei0r   Hope it helps

Date: January 2015 10:57:02 AM Category: Open Source


SMB Ethernet Switches. Save now, Pay Later

We are all familiar with the “Small Business” range of Information Technology products. They are the crippled versions of the Enterprise range of products for grown up big business. Manufacturers work hard to remove or disable features so they can sell products to “Small Business” at a lower cost. As small business owner this is
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Date: November 2013 03:37:04 PM Category: Networking


BYOD Bring Your Own Desk

There are a number of assets required which as a business owner you have had to supply your staff to enable them to work effectively. Your facilities management department actually spend a large amount of time purchasing and maintaining office furniture to enable your staff to work in a productive manner. Even after all this
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Date: September 2013 12:18:52 PM Category: Humor


How to get Yealink phones connecting over VPN

Yealink phones are very feature rich VOIP handsets. However the documentation only covers the really basic stuff to get you working out of the box All the cool stuff like Secure VPN connectivity to your voice system LDAP Address book integration Resilient server registration using DNS SRV records etc etc All this information you are
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Date: December 2012 04:14:22 PM Category: IT Solutions


Free software for everybody

I have just been talking with a fellow Information Technology  nerd and we have been discussing the merits of Free Software. This was prompted by the extremely price focused Information Technology business owners who only look at price when it comes to selecting Information technology. The assumption is that by using Open Source/Free Software Technology
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Date: November 2012 07:15:20 PM Category: Open Source





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