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Samba 4 on Solaris 11

As of Solaris 11.1 Samba 4 is still not in Oracle’s official IPS repo, only Samba 3 is. Here’s how to build, install and integrate Samba4 into Solaris 11. In this posting I’m starting out with a newly installed zone.

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Solaris File Event Notification

Suppose you want your Solaris shell script to take some kind of action when a new file arrives in a certain directory. Traditionally this has been done by periodically polling the directory. Not very elegant and what is worse: it

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Why STARTTLS ?

I don’t really understand the need for STARTTLS. What am I missing? As far as I understand service providers of text protocols (e.g. SMTP, LDAP, etc) can secure their protocol communication in one of two ways: Method 1: Text protocol

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Creating a fairly secure public SSH daemon

Recently I was tasked with setting up an SSH daemon that would face the public internet. When doing so it is important to protect it against brute force attacks. I used this article to figure out which would be the

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Postfix on Solaris 11

Here’s a recipe for how to install Postfix on Solaris 11. During the process we build Postfix from scratch from source code. Even if you have not previously build any software yourself it should not scare you. It is a

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Solaris 11 packages

So what really gets installed by default in Solaris 11 ? The starting point in this blog is a so called “Text Install” of Solaris 11. Why? Well this is what you would do if you installed a server (as

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Welcome to rants about the Solaris OS

I’ve worked more than 20 years with Solaris and possibly 10 with Linux. I really, really like Solaris. So much that there are records I would like to set straight – for the good of the reputation of Solaris. There

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