Archive for January, 2011

Speaking of ugly code

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

The following violates many coding principals that I normally hold true to, but it was actually cool to code using the string variables as a stack.


# print hostlets
# 192.168.$i.0
$titan = "";
for ($i = 0; $i < 11; $i++) {
        $j = 0;
        $l = 0;
        $m = 0;
        $n = 0;
        $monster = "";
        $groupzilla = "";
        while ($j < 256) {
                $monster .= " hostlet_" . $i . "_" . $l;

                print "hostlet_" . $i . "_" . $l . " ";
                for ($k = 0; $k < 10 && $j < 256; $k++) {
                        print "(192.168.$i.$j,,) ";
                print "\n";

                if (($l % 5 == 0) || $j >= 255) {
                        $groupzilla .= " monster_" . $i . "_" . $m;
                        print "monster_" . $i . "_" . $m . $monster . "\n";
                        $monster = "";

        $titan .= " groupzilla_" . $i;
        print "groupzilla_" . $i . $groupzilla . "\n";

print "titan" . $titan . "\n";

Wireshark ChmodBPF errors on Snow Leopard

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

Wireshark ChmodBPF errors on Snow Leopard

Some VMware Fusion networking resources

Sunday, January 23rd, 2011

How to modify Fusion network settings whitepaper which leads to this PDF: VMware Fusion Network Settings – Part 1.pdf

Advanced Networking Configuration – Tokamak Networking Scripts for VMware Fusion

No clue if there is a Fusion 3.x version of Tokamak. There is!

Creating two (or more) Host-Only networks totally isolated

Allowing root ssh logins to Solaris machines

Saturday, January 22nd, 2011

I’ve been away from Solaris for 5 months, but I need some VMs for NFSv4 testing, which means beating my head against modernization such as RBAC, pfexec, and NWAM.

I prefer to treat my lab Unix machines as inter-changable boxes and do all of my configuration up front. I want to be able to do an SSH root login, especially if the system goes out of the way to make that hard.

There are currently 3 things you have to do to violate this security truism on either OpenSolaris or Solaris 11:

1) Modify PermitRootLogin to yes in /etc/ssh/sshd_config.

2) Comment out the “CONSOLE=/dev/console” line in /etc/default/login.

3) Remove “;type=role” from the root entry in /etc/user_attr.

Really nasty Solaris 11 install

Saturday, January 22nd, 2011

I just installed two VMs with the Solaris 11 express (snv_151a) and when I turned off nwam, one worked and the second did not:

svcadm disable svc:/network/physical:nwam
svcadm enable svc:/network/physical:default

The network would come up, both ifconfig and netstat -rn showed reasonable values, but the machine would only ping iff nwam were turned on.

It turned out to be ipfiltering:

root@snarf:~# ping
ping: sendto Network is unreachable
root@snarf:~# ipfstat -io
block out log all
pass out quick on lo0 all
pass out quick proto udp from any to any port = bootps
block in log all
pass in quick on lo0 all
pass in quick proto udp from any to any port = bootpc
root@snarf:~# svcadm disable svc:/network/ipfilter
root@snarf:~# ping is alive
root@snarf:~# ipfstat -io
empty list for ipfilter(out)
empty list for ipfilter(in)

It was not enabled on the first machine, but was on the second. I have no clue what I did differently in the first install.

Configuring Fedora Core 14 network interfaces in a dual-hosted VM

Friday, January 21st, 2011

I’ve got several VMs running with eth0 being bridged and eth1 being host only. I see the routes:

[thomas@mage ~]$ ip route dev eth0  proto kernel  scope link  src dev eth1  proto kernel  scope link  src 
default via dev eth1

The problem being that is flipped from what I want for the default route. I suspect the issue is that eth0 is set up to be configured via DHCP.

I read a bit and it was suggested that not only does /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-eth0 have to have:


But /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-eth1 should have:


I made that change and cleared that hurdle:

[thomas@mage ~]$ ip route dev eth0  proto kernel  scope link  src dev eth1  proto kernel  scope link  src 
default via dev eth0 

FWIW, here are my config files:

[thomas@mage ~]$ more /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-eth?

How to edit DHCP server for Fusion

Friday, January 14th, 2011

Crap, I am mixing versions of Fusion down below and it is partly because I do not have a clean install of Fusion on my laptop! I do on the iMac and that is what is telling me I have different systems!

Re: Scripts to manage Fusion network settings is a good place to see the differences.

See Controlling DHCP for VMWare Fusion VMs!

Note: I had to edit

/Library/Application Support/VMware Fusion/networking

and also reboot the MacBook to get this to work.

VMware Fusion Virtual Network Configuration, 27 August 2010 has a different approach.

To actually change the domain-name, you will want to edit vmnet-dhcpd.conf:

KinMage:VMware Fusion thomas$ grep domain-name vmnet-dhcpd.conf
# We set domain-name-servers to make some DHCP clients happy
    option domain-name-servers %hostaddr%;
    option domain-name "";
KinMage:VMware Fusion thomas$ sudo ./vmnet-cli -c
KinMage:VMware Fusion thomas$ sudo ./vmnet-cli --start