Gnome15 Russo79 project site offline

At the moment the server from Russo79 ( for the gnome15 project is offline.
That’s why I decided to publish and upload the gnome15 files I’ve found. I hope its useful for somebody…

gnome15_debs.tar.gz for Ubuntu/Debian

If you are building gnome15 on Gentoo Linux, just disable the cairo USE Flag because I didn’t found the required file named cairoplot-gnome15-1.1b.tar.gz

Join #gnome15 channel on for any support

Fail2ban Named query flood

Create named-flood.conf in the filter.d folder (etc/fail2ban/filter.d)

failregex = .* client \#.*: query: .* \+E
ignoreregex =

Enable the Named query flood with the following statement in your jail.local file (etc/fail2ban/jail.local)

enabled = true
port = 53
protocol = udp
filter = named-flood
logpath = /var/log/named/bind9.log
maxretry = 200
bantime = 3600
ignoreip =

enabled = true
port = 53
protocol = tcp
filter = named-flood
logpath = /var/log/named/bind9.log
maxretry = 200
bantime = 3600
ignoreip =

VMWare ESXi change MAC Address of physical network adapter

This article explains how to change the MAC address of a physical network adapter on an VmWare ESXi 5.1 host.

1) Connect you with SSH to your ESXi Server

2) Open the file /etc/vmware/esx.conf
vi /etc/vmware/esx.conf

3) Search for your old MAC address and replace it with the new one. You can search in the VI editor by typing “/” without brackets.

4) Save your changes by typing :wq

5) Reboot

Zabbix Agent init script

Zabbix Agent init script for Debian with config argument:

More info: Zabbix Website
Manual: Zabbix Manual

Download the file here: zabbix_agent

Enable automatic start/stop of Zabbix Agent:
update-rc.d zabbix-agent defaults

#! /bin/bash
# Zabbix agent start/stop script
# Adjusted: Remo Staeuble
# Date: 15.11.2012
# Version: 2.0.3
# Copyright (C) 2000-2012 Zabbix SIA
# To get more information about Zabbix visit
# ####################################################################
# Provides: zabbix_agentd
# Required-Start: $local_fs $remote_fs
# Required-Stop: $local_fs $remote_fs
# Should-Start: $time $network $syslog iptables firehol shorewall ipmasq arno-iptables-firewall
# Should-Stop: $network $syslog iptables firehol shorewall ipmasq arno-iptables-firewall
# Default-Start: 2 3 4 5
# Default-Stop: 0 1 6
# Short-Description: Start/stop Zabbix Agent
# Description: Start/stop Zabbix Agent

DESC=”Zabbix agent daemon”

test -f $DAEMON || exit 0

case “$1” in
echo “Starting $DESC: $NAME with config from $CONFIG”
start-stop-daemon –start –oknodo –pidfile $PID –exec $DAEMON — -c $CONFIG
echo “Stopping $DESC: $NAME”
start-stop-daemon –stop –quiet –pidfile $PID –retry=TERM/10/KILL/5 && return 0
start-stop-daemon –stop –oknodo –exec $DAEMON –name $NAME –retry=TERM/10/KILL/5
$0 stop
$0 start
echo “Usage: $N {start|stop|restart|force-reload}” >&2
exit 1

exit 0

Connect to Remote Database with PhpMyAdmin

on Database Server:
apt-get install mysql-server mysql-client

Backup original configuration:
cp /etc/mysql/my.cnf /etc/mysql/my.cnf_orig

Let mysql server listen on all interfaces:
grep -l bind-address /etc/mysql/my.cnf | xargs sed -i -e 's/bind-address/#bind-address/'

Restart mysql server
/etc/init.d/mysql restart

Check if MySQL binds on every interface
netstat -tap

it should look like this:
tcp 0 0 *:mysql *:* LISTEN 2487/mysqld

Now give root user logon permission from Webserver where phpmyadmin is running
mysql -u root -p
mysql> use mysql;
mysql> update user set host=’WEBSERVER-IP’ where host=’′ and user=’root’;
mysql> flush privileges;

Restart mysql server
/etc/init.d/mysql restart

On Webserver:
apt-get install apache2 php5 phpmyadmin

Edit /etc/phpmyadmin/config-db.php and set the variables
$dbport=''; // leave blank if mysql runs on default port

Open your Browser and point to http://yourwebserver/phpmyadmin

Xen: Device xxx (x) could not be connected. Failed to find an unused loop device

If you are using Xen and get an error Device xxxxx (xxx) could not be connected. Failed to find an unused loop device when you try to create a guest. This is because you are out of loop devices.

Run this on command line:
echo "options loop max_loop=32" > /etc/modprobe.d/xen

With the value 32 you are able to run 16 Guests on your host, assuming you aren’t using loop devices for other purposes. Use a number suitable for your needs.

Shutdown your guests and run this on command line:
rmmod loop && modprobe loop

Show all loop devices:
ls -l /dev/ | grep loop

Kubuntu 11.04 install Kernel 3.0.1

Kernel version 3.0.1 stable was just released a week ago. I’m a lazy guy, so I install the precompiled .deb packages.

Get the linux-headers-*-all.deb, linux-headers-*-generic-*.deb, and finally linux-image-*.deb from
Install the .deb Packages in this Order:
dpkg -i linux-headers-*-all.deb
dpkg -i linux-headers-*-generic-*.deb
dpkg -i linux-image-*.deb

Restart your machine, enter the grub menu by typing shift and boot the new kernel. Its possible that u get in trouble while booting the new kernel – just restart and take an older one. Remove linux-headers-3 and linux-image-3 if it didn’t work.

Maybe u need module-init-tools 3.13 where u can get here

Other precompiled Kernel versions

Update ProFTPd to 1.3.3d

Use the newest ProFTPd Version! Compilation for 1.3.3e is the same as for 1.3.3d

Cause of some security issues I’ve decided to upgrade my ProFTPd Service from 1.3.1 to 1.3.3d.

Do a Backup of your current proftpd configuration Directory /etc/proftpd
cp -rfp /etc/proftpd /var/backups/etc/

Then purge the actual proftpd installation
apt-get purge proftpd-basic proftpd-mod-mysql

I’m running proftpd with virtual users on a mysql database with mod_quota, so we have to install the needed libraries for the compilation of the proftpd.

apt-get install libssl-dev libmysqlclient-dev libmysqlclient15-dev libwrap0-dev

get the stable and newest version of proftpd
cd /tmp
tar -xf proftpd-1.3.3d.tar.gz
cd proftpd-1.3.3d.tar.gz

at this point, we’re beginning with the compilation of the proftpd version 1.3.3d. Copy the content of this file in your command line and press enter. U see, that it generates a file. Run chmod 777 on

Now run it:

after has finished, go on with make…

if there were no errors, add the user proftpd and then install it
useradd proftpd
make install

if the install has finished, copy the content of this file to /etc/default/proftpd

Cause we used the same configurations like the official Debian package, we can now use their init script.
copy the content of this file to /etc/init.d/proftpd and make it runnable (chmod 755 /etc/init.d/proftpd)

copy the backup from /var/backups/etc/proftpd back to /etc/proftpd and try to start the service.

Post your log files, if your proftpd won’t start.

Windows Server 2008 – Changing RDP Port

Open the Registry Editor

Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Terminal Server\WinStations\RDP-Tcp

Open PortNumber, switch to dezimal and change the port.

Click ok and close the registry editor.
By the way: U have to add a Firewall Rule for the new port to Windows Firewall…

I believe, following pictures are self explained…

now you have to restart the server or restart the “Remotedesktopservices” under the Windows Services but befor u test it: You should have physic access to the server, if something went wrong!
If you don’t have this option, install TeamViewer or something like that.. so u could return the changes in the registry.

If it works, deactivate the old RDP Firewall Rule in the Windows Firewall.