I love how Kerli just rips through this track. She has such a wicked tone. That high vocal before the beat drops? YES! And Illenium does it again. SFW.
The following is the technical information outline of NEMS (Nagios Enterprise Monitoring Server). Continue reading
Do you use an external hard drive, USB Flash drive or other removable media for your personal or company backups? Let’s encrypt it! Continue reading
I’m so not a gamer, but over the weekend I got the fun chance to record an episode of The Pixel Shadow with me as host. Continue reading
Please Note: As of NEMS 1.2 NSClient++ is optional for monitoring of Windows computers (thanks to the addition of WMIC). If you’d like to use it, please follow the directions below.
- Grab the latest Windows client at https://www.nsclient.org/download/
- Install the client with the following settings:
- Select to install the “Generic mode” NSClient++.
- Choose “Complete installation” and if asked, choose to save config to ini file.
- Under “Allowed Hosts” it should read 127.0.0.1,NEMSIP (where NEMSIP is the IP address of your NEMS server)
- Clear the Password field for ease of deployment. NEMS sample scripts are setup to use NRPE without a password because I’m making the assumption that this is being deployed in a trusted LAN. If you do not blank the password here, you will have to edit all the scripts before NEMS will be able to communicate with this computer.
- Enable all modules and change the NRPE mode to Legacy. NEMS uses Nagios 3.5.1 at present, and I suppose that’s technically “Legacy”. 🙂
- Screen should look a little something like this:
- Add your Windows host to NEMS. If you are using NEMS 1.1+ you can use the template “ourwinserver” in nconf. Just change the hostname and the IP address.
Please note: If you have a software firewall running on your Windows machine, setup an exception for your NEMS server IP to gain access through ports 5666 and 12489.
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Here is the completed script I wrote on Episode 461. Make sure you check out the full episode for details on how to make this work for you.
/sbin/lvcreate -L10G -s -n lvm_snapshot /dev/ubuntu-mate-vg/root
/bin/mount /dev/ubuntu-mate-vg/lvm_snapshot /mnt/snapshot
/usr/bin/rdiff-backup -v5 --print-statistics \
--exclude /mnt/backup/ \
--include /mnt/snapshot/home/ \
--include /mnt/snapshot/etc/fstab \
--include /mnt/snapshot/var/log/ \
--exclude '**' \
/sbin/lvremove -f /dev/ubuntu-mate-vg/lvm_snapshot
And of course, here is the episode:
With The Drone Zone about to take flight, I wanted a way to rate the skill level required (or rather, recommended) for each drone we review. The purpose is so viewers can gauge during a review, from the DZSR (Drone Zone Skill Rating) which drone(s) they should be looking at first.
I’m open to suggestions, so please post your comments and this will become a bit of a living list, updated as needed. I will also maintain a static copy on The Drone Zone web site.
DZSR Level A
This drone is perfect for a beginner pilot. It’s easy to learn, has a price point that won’t hurt your wallet too badly if you crash it, and is a good drone to start with. As you take on drone flight, it’s best to start at DZSR Level A so you can learn the controls, practice, and get ready for the next level.
Mature pilots will also enjoy drones in this level as they’re nice to be able to carry around so you can fly wherever you are just for fun, without much consideration, packing or planning.
Typical drones in this level: Nano quads.
DZSR Level B
If you’ve mastered drones at DZSR Level A, you’re ready to move on to DZSR Level B.
Typical drones in this level: Toy camera quads, Entry level FPV.
DZSR Level C
If you’ve mastered drones at DZSR Levels A and B, you’re ready to move on to DZSR Level C.
Typical Drones in this level: Video drones, drones with GPS, Racing drones.
DZSR Level D
If you’ve mastered drones at DZSR Levels A, B and C, you’re ready to move on to DZSR Level D.
Typical Drones in this level: High-end/custom quads/hexacopters, DIY quadcopters.
I wanted to document the instructions shared on Episode 459 to supplement the episode.
On the show, Jeff and I demonstrated how to turn a Raspberry Pi 3 with Raspbian Jessie into a Plex Media Server, giving you the chance to stream your entire video and music library to all your devices.
I won’t get into the full details here, since this is only a supplement to give you some copy-and-paste instructions, but I’d encourage you to watch the video.
What You Need
- A Raspberry Pi 3 Micro Computer. Please consider purchasing it through our store to support what we do: https://cat5.tv/pi
- Raspbian Jessie – A free download from raspberrypi.org
- Obvious stuff like a good MicroSD card, Ethernet cable (preferred as opposed to wifi), keyboard and mouse… etc.
How to Do The Do
- In terminal, upgrade your distro to the latest and greatest.
123sudo apt-get updatesudo apt-get upgradesudo apt-get dist-upgrade
- Reboot the Pi.
- Add the ability for apt to use https repositories.
1sudo apt-get install apt-transport-https
- Add the Plex Media Server repository provided by Universität Leipzig.
1sudo nano /etc/apt/sources.list
Add this line:
1deb https://dev2day.de/pms/ jessie main
- Add the GPG key for the repository.
This is the “easy” method (which didn’t work for us because my keyboard was in some weird mode with no pipe character):
1wget -O - https://dev2day.de/pms/dev2day-pms.gpg.key | sudo apt-key add -
Alternate method (which I had to use on the show since I didn’t have a pipe character… I’ve cleaned it up a bit since the live show so it is cleaner since it was an unexpected twist and I kinda made it seem more confusing than it should):
12wget -O /tmp/pms.key https://dev2day.de/pms/dev2day-pms.gpg.keysudo apt-key add /tmp/pms.key
- Update apt.
1sudo apt-get update
- Install Plex Media Server.
1sudo apt-get install -t jessie plexmediaserver
- Create the default config file so Plex knows what user to operate under.
123sudo echo "PLEX_MEDIA_SERVER_USER=pi" >> /etc/default/plexmediaserversudo chown -R pi:pi /var/lib/plexmediaserversudo service plexmediaserver restart
(Thanks to Steve for submitting this additional step)
- Reboot one final time.
And there you have it! All the commands we used to get Plex Media Server installed on a Raspberry Pi 3 in a nice clean blog post 🙂
From there, we plugged in the USB flash drive (don’t do it! Use a proper external hard drive–this was only a demonstration) and after it mounted we used the following command to see its /dev assignment:
Since our drive was /dev/sda1, and of the filesystem type “fat32” this is what I did to make it work as the media library for Plex Media Server:
sudo nano /etc/fstab
and add the following line:
/dev/sda1 /mnt/library fatfs defaults 0 0
I then created the mountpoint:
sudo mkdir /mnt/library
and made it so it can only be written to if mounted:
sudo chattr +i /mnt/library
and finally, mounted the drive:
sudo mount -a
From there, I could easily add folders on my external drive to Plex using the web interface, which you’ll find on Port 32400 in the /web subfolder on your Pi.
To get my IP address, I brought up the terminal on the Pi and typed:
That showed the IP address of my Pi under “Ethernet”… 192.168.0.105
So to open Plex in my browser, from my computer I entered:
The IP address will most likely be different for yours, and you might even want to set it up as a static IP. Easiest way to do that would be to use your router’s DHCP reservations to hard-set the Pi to something outside your DHCP pool. For me, that’d be 192.168.0.5 or something like that, since the pool seemingly starts at 100.
Good luck, and if you have any questions or comments, please leave them below. Don’t forget, if this has helped you out, or if you just love supporting nice guys who wanna keep giving knowledge for free, please head over to our Patreon page, or throw a bit in the tip jar. Thanks!
NEMS Linux – Nagios Enterprise Monitoring Server for Raspberry Pi
Current Version: 1.3 (November 7, 2017)
Next Major Release: 1.4 (May 8, 2018)
NEMS is a modern pre-configured, customized and ready-to-deploy Nagios Core image designed to run on the Raspberry Pi 3 micro computer. At its core it is a lightweight Debian Stretch deployment optimized for performance, reliability and ease of use.
NEMS is free to download, deploy, and use. Its development however is supported by its community of users. Please consider contributing if you can.
Please Note: NEMS is a very ambitious project, and I’m just one guy. Please consider throwing a little gift in my Tip Jar if you find NEMS saves you time or money. Thanks!
- What Is NEMS Linux and Nagios Core?
- Why Choose NEMS Linux?
- About NEMS
- NEMS’ Out Of The Box Experience
- System Requirements and Supported Platforms
- Buy The Needed Hardware
- Upgrade Instructions
NEMS 1.1 Featured on Category5 Technology TV
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The Out-Of-The-Box NEMS Experience:
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Please buy it through that link, or let me know if you need a customized link to a different model. We get a small percentage of the sale, and it helps to make it possible to offer this as a free download.
Who Creates NEMS:
Robbie Ferguson is the host of Category5 Technology TV. He’s the kind of guy who when he figures stuff out, he likes to share it with others. That’s part of what makes his show so popular, but also what makes NEMS possible.
Support What I Do:
This project is a part of something much bigger than itself, and we’re all volunteers. Please see our Patreon page for information about our network.
– Please support us by simply purchasing your Raspberry Pi at https://cat5.tv/pi
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