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Rant: IRS Scam Phone Calls

Normally I ignore these calls as they are the scum of the earth and don’t deserve my time.  Today however I am expecting a call from a service tech from any possible phone number and thus I have to listen to any calls that come in today to make sure I don’t miss the call.  Sadly this has me trolling through the voicemails that I just ignored entirely.  I am just amazed that people fall for these types of calls all the time that makes these scams popular.

Here are some scam calls that hit my voicemail, so those that like to take revenge on them. Light them up on the phone system if they are still active.

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Follow up: Docker + Synology

As a follow up to my previous post as curiosity got the better of me.  I decided to see how difficult it would be to set up MariaDB/Grafana/NodeRED on my Synology 1815+.  Come to find out it is not that difficult to do so once you figure out the quirks of the UI you have to use.

Here is how to setup docker like I have but in a Synology system.

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Reference URL: https://mindlesstux.com/2020/09/11/monitoring-my-cable-modem-signal-levels-for-problems/

Xbox One Audio Issue

So the girlfriend and I just tried to watch an episode of Stargate SG-1 on DVD on the Xbox One. During playback we have an interesting audio issue. We heard more background sounds than speech. A short Google search later and the problem was resolved.

To solve this we simply had to open settings, go to display and sound. From there edit the audio output from 7.1 surround to stereo. I think this is the simplest to date of problems that I have run into.

Reset lost iDRAC pass from OMSA

I was recently playing around with EM7 and various Dynamic Apps around Dell hardware.  I came to find that my remote server (hosting this site) had storage in a ‘nonCritical’ state.  I promptly tried logging into my idrac for the system and was having issues getting in.  I had forgot what I had set for the password on the root and personal accounts.  (For those that leave it root/calvin, shame on you!)  This set off a “fear” if you will of having to shut down several VMs and get the datacenter hosting it to attach a remote KVM so I could change the drac password.  I hate this thought.  I spent 30 seconds here and there trying every password I could think of but nothing worked.  I finally started googling around to see if there was any other method.  I struck a winner.

So first thing is you will need Dell Open manage installed on the host system.  From what I can tell this wont work otherwise.  I wrote up a short on installing Dell OpenManage on an Ubuntu 16.04 system previously.

I quickly found that racadm is not properly setup for x64 systems.

root@hostsystem:~# racadm getconfig -g cfgUserAdmin -i 2
/opt/dell/srvadmin/sbin/racadm: line 3: /opt/dell/srvadmin/lib/srvadmin-omilcore/Funcs.sh: No such file or directory
/opt/dell/srvadmin/sbin/racadm: line 5: GetRegVal: command not found
/opt/dell/srvadmin/sbin/racadm: line 6: GetRegVal: command not found
/opt/dell/srvadmin/sbin/racadm: line 8: GetSysId: command not found
/opt/dell/srvadmin/sbin/racadm: line 9: GetRegVal: command not found
/opt/dell/srvadmin/sbin/racadm: line 10: GetRegVal: command not found
/opt/dell/srvadmin/sbin/racadm: line 13: printf: 0x: invalid hex number
ERROR: Unable to communicate with RAC controller. Please make sure that a RAC
controller is present in the server and appropriate software is installed.

Thankfully it looks like it was just missing a couple of things in the lib folder that are in lib64.

cd /opt/dell/srvadmin/lib
ln -s ../lib64/srvadmin-deng/
ln -s ../lib64/srvadmin-idrac/
ln -s ../lib64/srvadmin-isvc/
ln -s ../lib64/srvadmin-omacore/
ln -s ../lib64/srvadmin-omilcore/
ln -s ../lib64/srvadmin-storage/

After that, racadm appears to work on the hostsystem.

After all that, it appears that racadm works locally without needing a user/pass to do anything.  This will help later when I will be working on pushing out LetsEncrypt certs into the iDRACs automatically.  So I ran the following as mentioned on the dell forum post to reset the root password to ‘ThisIsNewPass’.  If you want to change other users, change the 2 to what ever number they are in the user list.

racadm set idrac.users.2.password ThisIsNewPass
root@hostsystem:~# racadm set idrac.users.3.password ThisIsNewPass
[Key=idrac.Embedded.1#Users.3]
Object value modified successfully

root@hostsystem:~#
Reference URL: https://www.dell.com/community/PowerEdge-Hardware-General/Unluckly-I-forgot-my-dell-server-R720-IDRAC-password-now-I-can-t/td-p/4458788
Reference URL: https://mindlesstux.com/2018/01/08/install-dell-openmanage-on-ubuntu-16-04-and-up/