January 2015

Andreas K. Hüttel: Choice included

Some time ago, Matteo Pescarin created the great “Gentoo Abducted” design. Here are, after some minor doodling for the fun of it, several A0 posters based on that design, pointing out the excellent features of Gentoo. Released under …

Sebastian Pipping: Switching to Grub2 on Gentoo

Hi!

There seem to be quite a number of people being “afraid” of Grub2, because of the “no single file” approach. From more people, I hear about sticking to Grub legacy or moving to syslinux, rather than upgrading to …

Thinking Out Loud: Does Docker on Windows Matter?

Nigel Poulton recently posted an article titled “ESXi vs. Hyper-V – Could Docker Support Be Significant,” in which he contemplates whether Microsoft’s announcement of Docker support on Windows will be a factor in the hypervisor battle between ESXi and Hyper-V. …

[Script Of Jan. 30] How to configure PowerShell execution policy using PowerShell DSC

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This script shows how …

Microsoft Wants to Improve Your Mobile Email Experience with the New Outlook for iOS and Android

Microsoft has launched Outlook for iOS and Android, a new mobile email client that is available for iOS and Android devices. This new app will replace the OWA for Devices app which remains available for now while Outlook for iOS …

How to Block or Quarantine the Outlook for iOS and Android App in Exchange Server and Office 365

Microsoft has released the Outlook for iOS and Android app, which is intended to replace the OWA for Devices mobile client on Apple iOS and Google Android smartphones and tablets.

The Outlook for iOS and Android app is essentially another …

The GHOST Vulnerability : What to know

On January 27th, security researchers announced the discovery of a potential security vulnerability that has been nicknamed “GHOST“.  In short, GHOST takes advantage of an earlier version of glibc that could allow an attacker to cause a buffer overflow, allowing …

Hanno Böck: What the GHOST tells us about free software vulnerability management

GHOSTOn Tuesday details about the security vulnerability GHOST in Glibc were published by the company Qualys. When severe security vulnerabilities hit the news I always like to take this as a chance to learn what can be improved and …

Polycom RPP Configuration for Lync

The core Polycom video bridging infrastructure components of the RealPresence Platform (RPP) have recently attained Lync Qualification.  As of the posting of this article the following RPP products qualified for Lync Server 2013 are:

Azure AD Conditional Access and Azure AD Connect Health – Now in Preview

Howdy folks, Today I have the cool opportunity to tell you about two new features we've just put into preview: Conditional Access for SaaS Apps Azure AD Connect Health Both of these new features have been high on the list …

SUSE YES Certification bulletin exposed – part 2

This entry is part 2 of 4 in the series SUSE YES Certification bulletin exposedThis is the second blog in the series “SUSE YES Certification bulletin exposed” – designed to help SUSE Linux Enterprise customers and partners better understand what …

[Script Of Jan. 29] How to configure system restore settings in Windows using PowerShell DSC

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Amazon Enters the Cloud Email Race with WorkMail

workmail_logoInteresting news out of Amazon Web Services (AWS) this week with the announcement of WorkMail, Amazon’s cloud email service for businesses.

On-premises email has many players competing but the cloud is mostly a two horse race between Microsoft Office

Why Comments Aren’t Available Yet

A number of readers have asked—via e-mail, of course, given the subject of this post—why comments aren’t available yet on the new site. I’d like to take a quick moment to explain the current situation.

First and foremost, it’s not …

[Script Of Jan. 28] How to set Internet Explorer homepage using PowerShell DSC

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Security: A Shared Responsibility (Part 1)

In this first article of our series, we’ll look closely at the role of the CSO or CISO, at the top of the IT security structure.…

Patrick Lauer: CGit

Dirty hack of the day:

A CGit Mirror of git.overlays.gentoo.org

I wonder if the update cronjob actually works … …

Using the Fork-and-Branch Git Workflow

Now that I’ve provided you with an introduction to Git and a brief overview of using Git with GitHub, it’s time to build on that knowledge by taking a closer look at one workflow often used when collaborating with …

[Script Of Jan. 27] How to enable/disable OWA signature in EXO

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This script sample is …

Video Interoperability in Skype for Business

With the recently launched Office 365 Summit events Microsoft has started sharing technical details on the various new capabilities which are on the horizon with the future release of Skype for Business Server.  In a previous article this rebranding of …

Using Git with GitHub

Building on my earlier non-programmer’s introduction to Git, I wanted to talk a little bit about using Git with GitHub, a very popular service for hosting Git repositories. This post, in conjunction with the earlier introductory post on …

[Script Of Jan. 26] How to restore user after deleting AD user in DirSync environment in Office 365

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This script sample is …

Join SUSE at the Southern California Linux Expo

SUSE is proud to be a Gold Sponsor of the Southern California Linux Expo (aka “SCALE”) — taking place February 19th through 22nd in Los Angeles, California. Swing by the SUSE booth to say “hi”, in between sessions from members …

[Script Of Jan. 24] How to automatically upload/download files to/from Office 365 SharePoint Online

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This script can upload/download …

Creating a Table in Word Using PowerShell

In this article, I will be showing you how to build a table in Word using PowerShell.

First we will go ahead and make the initial object creation and open up Word.

 $Word = New-Object -ComObject Word.Application $Word.Visible = $True 

[Script Of Jan. 23] How to rename .mdf and .ldf files according to the related database name

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Patrick Lauer: A story of Dependencies

Yesterday I wanted to update a build chroot I have. And … strangely … there was a pile of new dependencies:

# emerge -upNDv world These are the packages that would be merged, in order: Calculating dependencies... done!
[ebuild U 

[Script Of Jan. 22] How to check if a SQL Server is running on a physical or virtual machine (PS)

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This PowerShell script will …

Sven Vermeulen: Old Gentoo system? Not a problem…

If you have a very old Gentoo system that you want to upgrade, you might have some issues with too old software and Portage which can’t just upgrade to a recent state. Although many methods exist to work around it, …

SUSE YES Certification bulletin exposed – part 1

This entry is part 1 of 4 in the series SUSE YES Certification bulletin exposedWhat information is important for you to have documented on a SUSE YES Certification bulletin? Can the information documented on a bulletin help you with your …

Video: Configuring, Verifying, and Removing Active Directory Delegations (Part 2)

This is the second video in three-part series demonstrating the process of configuring, verifying, and removing Active Directory Delegations.…

Patrick Lauer: Demo Operating Systems on new hardware

Recently I got to interact with two Lenovo notebooks – an E445 with Ubuntu Demo preinstalled, and an E431 with Win8 Demo preinstalled.
Why do I say demo? Because these were completely unusable. Let me explain …

The E445 is …

Patrick Lauer: Getting compromised

Recently I was asked to set up a new machine. It had been minimally installed, network started, and then ignored for a day or two.

As I logged in I noticed a weird file in /root: n8005.tar
And ‘file’ said …

[Script Of Jan. 21] How to get the scripts of all the SQL Server Agent jobs

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[Script Of Jan. 20] How to attach a user database in SQL Server (PowerShell)

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This PowerShell script will …

Gilles Dartiguelongue: Cinnamon 2.4

A few weeks ago, I upgrade all cinnamon ebuilds to 2.4 in tree. However I could not get Cinnamon (shell part) to actually work, as in show anything useful on my display. So this is a public service announcement that …

[Script Of Jan. 17] How to sum the child nodes for a parent node in a SQL Server table

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Smartsheet and Azure AD: Two great services that work great together!

Howdy Folks, Today's blog post is a topic that I'm personally very excited about, our partnership with Smartsheet. Smartsheet is a pretty cool cloud based project management and collaboration service and they've just turned on their integration…(read more)…

Michał Górny: Surround sound over network with Windows 8

I’ve got a notebook with some fancy HD Audio sound card (stereo!), and a single output jack — not a sane way to get surround sound (sure, cool kids use HDMI these days). Even worse, connecting an external amplifier to …

January 2015 Lync Users Group

The next round of quarterly Lync Users Group meetings has been scheduled and announced for this month.

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Event Details

This meeting will be conducted in our familiar two-session format:

The first session presented by Enghouse Interactive will cover Contact Center

[Script Of Jan. 16] How to detach all user databases in SQL Server

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Azure AD Workplace Join, now with Android Support!

Howdy folks, A few months back, I told you that we added support for "Bring Your Own Device" scenarios in Active Directory when we turned on Workplace Join support for Windows 8 PC's and iOS devices. Today I'm happy to …

OpenStack Meetup in Nürnberg

Monday next week – on the 19th of January -, there will be two OpenStack community events hosted at SUSE’s offices in Nürnberg, Germany: The OpenStack Bootcamp starts at 14:30 and is followed by the OpenStack Meetup at 19:00. If …

[Script Of Jan. 15] How to check if a SQL Server is running on a physical or virtual machine

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The script is available for download from https://gallery.technet.microsoft.com//How-to-check-if-a-SQL-6ba95335.  You can also use  Microsoft Script Browser for Windows PowerShell ISE to download the sample with one button click from within your scripting environment. 

This script is to …

Andreas K. Hüttel: Cool Gentoo-derived projects (I): SystemRescueCD

Gentoo Linux is the foundation for quite some very cool and useful projects. So, I’m starting (hopefully) a series of blog posts here… and the first candidate is a personal favourite of mine, the famous SystemRescueCD.

http://www.sysresccd.org/

Ever needed a …

Patch or Not? Weighing the Risks of Immediate Updating

This article looks at whether you should apply patches immediately or not.…

Donnie Berkholz: Gentoo needs focus to stay relevant

After nearly 12 years working on Gentoo and hearing blathering about how “Gentoo is about choice” and “Gentoo is a metadistribution,” I’ve come to a conclusion to where we need to go if we want to remain viable as a …

[Script Of Jan. 14] How to query the progress of backup processes currently running in SQL Server

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This script is to …

Get back on Track: Start reorganizing your SUSE Customer Center

At SUSE we keep giving our best to improve our products. Especially when we look at the SUSE customer center, the team is really aiming for a great user experience. Customers, who have been using the SUSE Customer Center functionalities …

Sebastian Pipping: Tool to preview Grub2 themes easily (using KVM)

The short version: To preview a Grub2 theme live does not have to be hard.

Hi!

When I first wrote about a (potentially to lengthy) way to make a Grub2 theming playground in 2012, I was hoping that people would …

Sebastian Pipping: New Gentoo overlay: grub2-themes

Hi!

I’ve been looking around for Grub2 themes a bit and started a dedicated overlay to not litter the main repository. The overlay

Andreas K. Hüttel: Poppler is contributing to global warming

As you may have noticed by now if you’re running ~arch, the Poppler release policies have changed.

Previously Poppler (app-text/poppler) used to have stable branches with even middle version number, say e.g. 0.24, and bug fix releases …

Aaron W. Swenson: Dell 1350cnw on Gentoo Linux with CUPS

You’d think that a company that had produced and does produce some Linux based products would also provide CUPS drivers for their printers, like the Dell 1350cnw. Not so, it seems. Still, I was undeterred and found a way to …

Azure AD Custom Attribute Mapping for SAAS App User Provisioning

Howdy folks, Today's blog is a little different – it about a preview that's been live for a while now, but which we haven't previously blogged about. So many of you probably didn't even know it is available! Back in …

Windows 10 – Privacy and Security Features at a Glance (Part 2)

In this article we take a more detailed looked at some of the security features that are going to be released in the new version of Windows 10.…

Nathan Zachary: Slock 1.2 background colour

In a previous post, I discussed the method for changing the background colour for slock 1.1. Now that slock 1.2 is out, and is in the Portage tree in Gentoo, the ‘savedconfig’ USE flag is a little different than …

Improved Azure AD Graph API and Client libraries for .Net, Android, iOS and much more!

Howdy folks,  We're starting off the year with two pieces of news for developers writing apps for Azure AD: 1.        A new set of Azure AD Graph client libraries for .Net, Android and iOS 2.        An updated version of the …

Sebastian Pipping: Gentoo Grub 2.x theme?

Hi!

It’s 2015 and I have not heard of any Gentoo GRUB 2.x themes, yet. Have you?

If you could imagine working on a theme based on the vector remake of gentoo-cow (with sound licensing), please get in touch!…

Sebastian Pipping: CoreOS is based on… Gentoo!

I first heard about CoreOS from LWN.net in the news item on Rocket, CoreOS’s fork/re-write of Docker.

I ran into CoreOS again on 31c3 and learned it is based on… Gentoo! A few links for proof:

Andreas K. Hüttel: Broken app-office/libreoffice binary packages generated (NOT app-office/libreoffice-bin)

I’m posting this here because a new LibreOffice version was stabilized two days ago, and at the same time a hidden bug crept in…

Because of an unintended interaction between a python-related eclass and the app-office/libreoffice ebuilds (any version), merging …

Alexys Jacob: py3status v2.0

I’m very pleased to announce the release of py3status v2.0 which I’d like to dedicate to the person who’s behind all the nice improvements this release features : @tablet-mode !

His idea on issue #44 was to make py3status modules …

Sven Vermeulen: Gentoo Wiki is growing

Perhaps it is because of the winter holidays, but the last weeks I’ve noticed a lot of updates and edits on the Gentoo wiki.

The move to the Tyrian layout, whose purpose is to eventually become the unified layout for …

Andreas K. Hüttel: Testers needed for dev-lang/perl-5.20.1-r4 (stabilization candidate)

Most of us in the Gentoo Perl packaging team are already running ~arch Perl even on otherwise stable machines, and Perl 5.20 is looking very good so far. Our current plan is to wait for another month or similar and …

Luca Barbato: Document your project!

After discussing how to track your bugs and your contributions, let see what we have about documentation

Pain and documentation

An healthy Open Source project needs mainly contributors, contributors are usually your users. You get users if the project …