I’m sure you’ve been at work, thinking “Crap, I don’t want to go home and do this, because I don’t have the software there.” Or maybe you do have the software, but you don’t have some certain set of plugins (i.e. Photoshop Brushes for a graphic designer), and you need a way to get those things synchronized in both places at once. ***As such, this experiment implies that I will NOT be using this program in two locations simultaneously.*** (That’s not to say that it can’t be done – but it is to say that it will require more human intervention to resolve the file version conflicts than I wish to do.)
I have this idea, ok? What I noticed while migrating some of the users from the Admissions Department at the University for which I work, was that it was tough to explain to them sufficiently that:
- Their passwords are going to have to change at some point, due to security policy.
- When they change it on their desktop, it’s not automatically done on their laptop.
- After changing the desktop password, they need to connect the laptop to the network and then login with that new password for it to be cached.
Now, it’s easy to write out, and easy for a tech to understand the scenario – but it’s not that easy for a 45yr old Hispanic guy who hates his laptop anyway to grasp. But what if they didn’t have to grasp anything? What if no matter where you were, the login process and the features available were as seamless in Wisconsin as if you were sitting at your desk in Texas?
What I’m proposing is this: Continue reading
Surprisingly there are no complete blog postings or forum topics that tell you how to set up a UT3 Internet Server from start to finish…so here we go: Continue reading
I’ve spent the last two weeks working on getting [[Oracle]] into the role she was designed to play…but have found it to be a bit more involved than I realized.
Originally, I set up the server to be a web server with php and sql capabilities. Then I realized I needed to FTP files to the web server, so I installed FileZilla Server. Once that was done, I started working on the webpage for tsnlocal.net. I got it up, and then wanted to play around with some other type of server, and decided on a Jabber server for instant messaging. I installed Wildfire.
Wildfire is extremely easy to setup and install – so once I finished that, I looked for a Jabber client. My first choice was a VoIP client called Jabbin, but I couldn’t get it to connect to the server – probably because I don’t have a VoIP Protocol on the server to support it. So I went with what we use at work, Exodus. It’s a fairly functional Jabber client – with chat rooms, IM rosters, subscriptions, and file transfer…and a bunch of other stuff, including plugins.
Once the Jabber service was set up, and I figured out how to connect to it, I realized that telling people to use my dyndns domain name was not going to work. So I had to figure out how to get my Godaddy.com domain name to link directly to my IP address. But, come to find out, I have to have a Top Level Domain for an IP address, or my dyndns must be a nameserver registered with the NS Registry, in order to use it as a nameserver. I spent 2 days setting up BIND on Windows XP (because there was very little help on the internet for how to do it). Then I jacked around with the Total DNS control settings on godaddy, and got the webserver to work like it should – almost.
So now you can join the jabber server with firstname.lastname@example.org. Now that I had that working, I noticed that there were email settings like pop.tsnlocal.net and smtp.tsnlocal.net that could be set up, so I decided to look into running my own email server. I got in #bloodshotgamer on irc.gamesurge.net and asked some of the tecky people I talk to in there what they’d recommend. Duck-Lap recommended qmail for linux, but mentined MailEnable for Windows. I was hoping for an IMAP service so I could run the webpage side of it, but that was not included with this. I might upgrade the service to something new later on, but for now, this was easy to install, and has easy administration, which is what I’m looking for since most of these other services aren’t critical to the function of the server. BIND was about the only thing that was hell to configure…everything else was easily figured out once I had the info and a general grasp of what it does and how it does it.
So now, [[Oracle]] does these things:
- Web Server (Apache, PHP, MySQL)
- FTP Server
- DNS Server
- Email Server
- Jabber Server
- TeamSpeak Voicechat Server
- Hamachi server
- Google Desktop distributed indexing server for the hamachi shares (the essence of tsnlocal)
- and a keep-alive for the dyndns service linking my IP to the dynamic domain
That’s a lot for a little box…but I’m not done yet – I need to put ssh on it so I can telnet into it. I’m sure there are other things that I will find to do with it as time goes on too.
This weekend, I hung out with [wizard] and we worked on our servers. He created his [m3rlin] server, and I created my [[Oracle]] server.
Originally, as you might recall from previous posts, [[Oracle]] is an IRC bot that we use for auto responding and chanserv purposes. Our bots are still the same in function so far, but they each have their own computer.
[[Oracle]] is now the webserver for tsnlocal.net, and runs the tsn.lcl project. It’s hosting a hamachi client, and serveral tsnlocal network connections. It’s also using Google Desktop those network shares, so that I can make them web-searchable, and the files downloadable for those connected to the tsnlocal network. I’m still working on the technology to provide the search page to the outside world (though the files will only be accessible to those who are connected and authenticated to the hamachi network.
To do this, I have installed WAMP (Apache, MySQL, and PHP for Windows) and put it on an XP Professional box. There is a main webpage up right now that shows the online status of [[Oracle]] and [[Oracle]].1 (a secondary server, of which there is also an [[Oracle]].2 which will be used later). The webpage also shows the online status of those involved with the tsnlocal project. The design of the webpage is still under construction though, at the moment.
[[Oracle]] is also hosting some other services for tsn…things that aren’t directly tied to the website, per se…like a TeamSpeak server, Blockland game server, and some other stuff that I haven’t gotten to set up yet.
It’s also been brought to my attention that there is a security exploit in Apache for windows, and [[Oracle]] will be the test-bed for solving that exploit. I have a solution in mind that would work, but might be a bit difficult to set up – though it would solve the problem until a patch is fixed. I’ll post more on that when I get some time to test it.