Authenticate OpenNMS Horizon with Active Directory on Windows Server 2016

2018-07-16 Ronny Trommer
Centralized authentication is a core service as soon you have a network with more than 3 computers. This article is about how to authenticate a OpenNMS Horizon 22.0.1 against an Active Directory provided on a Microsoft Windows Server 2016. I’ll focus here on the Active Directory and Spring configuration parts, securing the connection with LDAPS and using self-signed certificates in Java is another topic and not covered here. In this example the domain is called labmonkeys. Continue reading

Build OpenNMS with Docker

2018-07-14 Ronny Trommer
Being able to compiling an Open Source project is important. You can change the code, so you should also able to build it. Why is there a dedicated Docker image for the build environment? The dependencies running a pre-build OpenNMS Horizon distribution and compiling from source are different. To build OpenNMS Horizon you need Apache Maven and to compile JICMP, JRRD you need a C compiler environment. This is nothing you want to carry when you just want to run OpenNMS Horizon. Continue reading

Hipster vs. Microsoft

2018-06-07 Ronny Trommer
This week was great, Microsoft bought GitHub! All the Hipsters went crazy and a lot of open source people move now their repos to GitLab. There is even a Hashtag #movingtogitlab floating around. The GitLab importer showed significant peaks when the news broke out. What the hell happened? GitHub is the new SourceForge GitHub was cool, it made Git to shine. GitHub was the platform to collaborate on software development in public and helped to make Git the de-facto standard as a free and decentralized version control system. Continue reading

Scanning for SNMP communities

2018-03-02 Ronny Trommer
Adding devices into monitoring system is easy. Getting all the right SNMP communities for them is harder. People don’t give you the right community string or forget to open firewall ports. If you have to test a lot of IP’s against various IP addresses you can use nmap and a community list file as an input. Be aware you talk about permission to run this test otherwise somebody can get angry when you try to brute-force community strings against their devices. Continue reading

Centralized Logging with Graylog2

2017-11-17 Ronny Trommer
How many times do you connect with SSH to your remote server and cat, grep, tail and awk through your logs? It probably works for 3 servers and running a handful services, but if you have more, you should definitely spend some time to centralize your logs. I personally prefer Graylog2 which can deal very well with different log formats like GELF, Syslog RFC’s. Just start some listener with the format and forward them to your Graylog2 instance. Continue reading

Net-SNMP version 3 and OpenNMS

2017-09-22 Ronny Trommer
To monitor your systems you rely heavily on SNMP, it gives out of the box a lot of possibilities getting important performance and status information. The main topic security is often not considered. SNMP version 1 and 2c transmit everything in plain text over the wire. There is also no user, password authentication method, just a shared community string which gives access to the information. To address these problems SNMP v3 was introduced. Continue reading

Cleaner log with Docker and SNMP

2017-05-19 Ronny Trommer
Centralizing logs is important as soon you have more than 2 servers. In my environment the bare metal is monitored with Net-SNMP and my services are deployed as containers with Docker. All system logs are sent to a Graylog2 instance and I quickly noticed a few ugly entries caused by snmpd. Cannot statfs /run/docker/netns/...: Permission denied You will notice a few of them. First approach try to increase the logging level in /etc/default/snmpd from SNMP daemon with Continue reading

Monitoring DevOps and the Status Quo

2017-03-09 Ronny Trommer
As most of us noticed a few companies changed our perspective how to develop software and deploy them as a service. There are quite a few changes between selling every year a box with 10 CD’s and develop and deliver your software as a service. This article is a collection of thoughts and ideas I had and wanted to be written. Who cares about a version number? User give a shit about version numbers anymore, all what matters needs to be focused on the user. Continue reading

Docker Shell Corner Cases

2017-01-18 Ronny Trommer
During work building Docker executables, I ran in an interesting corner case. Fortunately the Docker IRC channel helped me to investigate with special credits to Ravensoul. When you build a container as an executable you can use the ENTRYPOINT for your binary to execute and CMD as a default overwritable argument. In most cases the CMD is the --help argument to provide a useful default behavior in case you just run the container without anything specified. Continue reading

Mac OS X and DHCP is screwing your Host Name

2016-08-12 Ronny Trommer
I’m using Mac OS X with iterm2, oh-my-zsh and spend 75% of my time in those terminals. It is totally annoying to me if I connect to a DHCP network and it screws up my hostname. Especially when I’m used to looking at the prompt which tells me the host I’m connected to. It is possible to fix your computer name for several things using the scutil command which requires administration permissions. Continue reading
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