Manage VMware snapshots with PowerCLI

Manually taking a snapshot under VMware is easy : connect to the HTML5 Web UI, find the server from the list, right click, select Snapshot, Name it… However, when you have to do it several times in a row, it becomes really frustrating. Let’s see how to improve that. Here comes PowerCLI VMware released an awesome (and I am Linux guy) tool to manage your virtual machines from the command line.

Install GLPI on Ubuntu 18.04 with MariaDB and NGinX

GLPI is an asset management software. It can handle automatic inventory of your assets (workstations, servers, printers, etc.) ticketing, and much more. Let’s see how to install it under Ubuntu with MariaDB and NGinX. Prepare your system Simply install the requirements : 1 sudo apt install nginx php7.0-fpm mariadb-server php7.0-curl php7.0-gd php7.0-mysql php7.0-cli php7.0-imap php7.0-ldap php7.0-apcu php7.0-xmlrpc php7.0-mbstring php7.0-xml php7.0-xmlrpc Create the self signed certificates : 1 cd /etc/ssl/certs sudo openssl req -x509 -newkey rsa:4096 -keyout private/gpli.

Automagically deploy apps with GPO and Boxstarter

A few days ago, I talked about Ninite, which is an awesome tool to deploy several Windows apps easily. However, if you want to use it on a Windows domain (likely in your company), you’ll have to get the Pro (and paid version). Hopefully, with BoxStarter, you can do it for free. Let me show you how I do it. Let’s do some scripting! In my case, I want all my users to have the same “base apps” installed on their systems.

All your devices are belong to Ubiquity

I love tech and I love to try new tech stuff. Recently, I have been playing with some network gear from Ubiquiti. For a reasonable price, you’ll get enterprise grade gear. Is it really that good? Let’s check my non-unboxing review. A bit of background I am a frequent reader of Mr Troy Hunt and when I read his article a few years ago about the Unifi suite that made want to try it again, a little.

Install Windows programs like a boss with Ninite

Do you remember how you used to install programs under Windows several years ago? Next, next, next… Are you still doing it the exact same way today? If that’s so, I may have something of interest for you, keep reading ! Windows' programs' installation is so painful I don’t know about you, but I am quite pissed off with the way “software” works on Windows. Let’s say you want to install VLC to watch movies, then you have to fire up your web browser, go to VLC website (probably via a search engine), find the correct version (32 or 64 bits), download the product, and install it.

Watch Netflix US from anywhere in the world

As you may know, Netflix offers different catalogs of movies and TV shows that are “country based”. It means, that if you are watching Netflix from the US, you’ll only get access to the US catalog. If you are, in the UK, then you’ll only have access to the UK catalog and so on. Since there is quite a lot of differences between those catalogs it can be interesting to have access to all of them.

Using Unifi controller on Docker

Following a post on Reddit, I decided to share my config used to run the Unifi controller. Doing so, you won’t have to purchase a Unifi Cloud Controller. Spoiler alert… I no longer use Unifi hardware, and I’ll share why in a future post. System Overview I have 2 servers : local server at home, which runs the Unifi controller in a Docker swarm setup ; remote server online, which runs the NGiNX reverse proxy.

Automatically download subtitles with Plex

Today, there is hundreds (if not thousands) of TV shows and movies. I enjoy a lot of them, and I enjoy them in their original version. Unfortunately, I am not fluent in every languages. Fortunately enough, we have autmomatic subtitles for Kodi and a similar system of automatic subtitles for Plex. Let’s see how to use it. In plugins, we trust Open your web browser and go to your Plex server, most probably here.

Nesatmo : beautiful graphs for Netatmo

Netatmo are little, funny, useless devices that monitor “stuff” in your home. Netatmo weather On the weather side, you can buy an indoor / outdoor station : The indoor station is connected to your WiFi connection for the “data” part and to a power line for… power! The outdoor station, runs on batteries and is wirelessly connected to the indoor (aka, base) station. Batteries should last several months. Usually, I am not much into proprietary solution but I have to admit that this solution is pretty convenient.

Shield TV 2017, let's take a fresh start

After criticizing like crazy the first Shield TV, I decided to buy the Shield 2017 and give it a try. Only morons never change their minds Let’s say it straight away, I have now adopted the Shield TV 2017! I also have the feeling that Nvidia also decided to slightly change their product. They are now offering 2 “versions” of the box : a multimedia version, sold only with the remote ; a gamer version, sold with an additional controller.