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vSphere Customization Specification and Ubuntu 17.10

Shared via one of my many tweets – Has anyone noticed issues with #vSphere Customization Specification and #Ubuntu 17.10 (GNU/Linux 4.13.0-25-generic x86_64) – Now that the network settings are located: /etc/netplan/01-netcfg.yaml | I’m back to manually updating IP information (Server Naming still Works).

Although the traditional /etc/network/interfaces reflects the information provided by the customization process the host still acquires a DHCP issued address.  After some digging I was able to find out that this information was no longer being referenced and is now being pulled from:  /etc/netplan/01-netcfg.yaml 

 

Here are the IP configuration details

/etc/network/interfaces

# This file describes the network interfaces available on your system
# and how to activate them. For more information, see interfaces(5).

source /etc/network/interfaces.d/*

# The loopback network interface
auto lo
iface lo inet loopback

# The primary network interface
auto ens160
#iface ens160 inet dhcp
iface ens160 inet static
address 10.255.255.6
netmask 255.255.255.0
network 10.255.255.0
broadcast 10.0.255.255
gateway 10.255.255.1
dns-nameservers 10.255.255.1

 

/etc/netplan/01-netcfg.yaml 

# This file describes the network interfaces available on your system
# For more information, see netplan(5).
network:
version: 2
renderer: networkd
ethernets:
ens160:
dhcp4: no
addresses: [10.255.255.6/24]
gateway4: 10.255.255.1
nameservers:
addresses: [8.8.8.8,8.8.4.4]

 

 

 

 

Network Wide Ad & Malicious Website Blocking | Pi-Hole

For a few months now I have used the software package named Pi-Hole as an internal network DNS server to prevent ad sites in addition to malicious websites from being accessible form compute resources on my home network.

Pi-Hole is a small install that can be installed on any Linux system and it works like a charm.

Install is simple, just run the following command:

curl -sSL https://install.pi-hole.net | bash

Answer a few questions about how you would like the software configured and your up and running.

This is a very useful software this gives you many options to report on the activity of the systems on your network and what connections were requested and those blocked.

For more information and details please visit: https://pi-hole.net/

The following video also shows the installation process via a Putty SSH session.

 

Malicious Listsused to block phishing, and malware sites

 

https://v.firebog.net/hosts/Airelle-hrsk.txt
https://s3.amazonaws.com/lists.disconnect.me/simple_malvertising.txt
https://mirror1.malwaredomains.com/files/justdomains
https://hosts-file.net/exp.txt
https://hosts-file.net/emd.txt
https://hosts-file.net/psh.txt
https://mirror.cedia.org.ec/malwaredomains/immortal_domains.txt
https://www.malwaredomainlist.com/hostslist/hosts.txt
https://bitbucket.org/ethanr/dns-blacklists/raw/8575c9f96e5b4a1308f2f12394abd86d0927a4a0/bad_lists/Mandiant_APT1_Report_Appendix_D.txt
https://v.firebog.net/hosts/Prigent-Malware.txt
https://v.firebog.net/hosts/Prigent-Phishing.txt
https://raw.githubusercontent.com/quidsup/notrack/master/malicious-sites.txt
https://ransomwaretracker.abuse.ch/downloads/RW_DOMBL.txt
https://v.firebog.net/hosts/Shalla-mal.txt
https://raw.githubusercontent.com/StevenBlack/hosts/master/data/add.Risk/hosts
https://zeustracker.abuse.ch/blocklist.php?download=domainblocklist

My Facebook: Why I recently purged

Today is Monday, January 1, 2018

I just finished what I is the first round of purges of my social media feeds. Mostly on my Facebook accounts.

This was not a task that was simple to do, because many of the persons removed I do like them but no longer maintain a connection outside of seeing them on my friends list.

I wanted to lower my feed footprint and maximize of the value of relationships that have continued to add value to me.

What I mean by connection:

Those that do not show activity on their account or are not responsive to my attempts to interact with them? In addition, we do not maintain any “offline” connection what so ever these days.

There are those from my past  whom I’ve classified as “watches” that simply may be viewing my posts or have me added as just another notch in their friend count.

Limiting information:

I also wanted to limit my information to a more restricted group of people. People I once knew from the past are practical strangers at this point and I wouldn’t allow a stranger to be on my list, so why would I start now.

Those persons who use third-party apps that gather information from them and their friends. Such apps expose details about my account I would not share openly.

The majority of these apps require login to ones Facebook account.

Once logged in the apps are granted a large amount of access to the persons account and details of their friends.

 

That said I had placed these users in limited groups giving them basically “no access” to my feeds, and later removing those connected persons.

Relationships fade:

I believe that its perfectly natural that some relationships fade into distant memory and this happened well before the existence of Facebook.  The only difference is now, that I now have taken affirmative action in severing those ties by removing the persons from my friends list.

Where I can be found:

I have many “public” profiles that those looking to follow me can do so. I have made many of them available so feel free to do so.  List below.

My Blog:  jermsmit.com

My Instagram Accounts:

My Twitter Accounts:

Facebook Pages:

 

It’s 2018 – Happy New Year

Happy New Year,

Wishing you all the best this year.  Starting now we have 365 days to go after all the things we want and finish 2018 strong.  Be relentless in your efforts and focused on the desired results.  At the end of the day, the only thing that matter is what you truly want.  Let’s make 2018 our best one yet, because dreams don’t amount to much more than that if you don’t give it your all.  I write this for you all, but mainly a message to myself to stay motivated and driven by continues success.

This year I will be working on many things.  This blog, my fitness adventures in addition to technical community that I’m passionate about. Keep a look out for #jermfit (jermfit.com) also on facebook twitter via @jermfit

With that said; Happy New Year, and God Bless

Sincerely,

Jermal

Richard Branson: My Tips for Happiness in 2018

We all have influencers in our lives; either by choice or organically. It is those set of influential people who help open our minds to new ways of thinking and going about our day-to-day.  I have followed Richard Branson for a long time and truly admin this man.  Today he posted on LinkedIn a open letter he wrote and I took ever single word in.

Please take a moment and read; most of all enjoy.

 

Dear Stranger,

You don’t know me but I hear you are going through a tough time, and I would like to help you. I want to be open and honest with you, and let you know that happiness isn’t something just afforded to a special few. It can be yours, if you take the time to let it grow.

It’s OK to be stressed, scared and sad, I certainly have been throughout my life. I’ve confronted my biggest fears time and time again. I’ve cheated death on many adventures, seen loved ones pass away, failed in business, minced my words in front of tough audiences, and had my heart broken.

I know I’m fortunate to live an extraordinary life, and that most people would assume my business success, and the wealth that comes with it, have brought me happiness. But they haven’t; in fact it’s the reverse. I am successful, wealthy and connected because I am happy.

So many people get caught up in doing what they think will make them happy but, in my opinion, this is where they fail. Happiness is not about doing, it’s about being. In order to be happy, you need to think consciously about it. Don’t forget the to-do list, but remember to write a to-be list too.

Kids are often asked: ‘What do you want to be when you grow up?’ The world expects grandiose aspirations: ‘I want to be a writer, a doctor, the prime minister.’

They’re told: go to school, go to college, get a job, get married, and then you’ll be happy. But that’s all about doing, not being – and while doing will bring you moments of joy, it won’t necessarily reward you with lasting happiness.

Stop and breathe. Be healthy. Be around your friends and family. Be there for someone, and let someone be there for you. Be bold. Just be for a minute.

If you allow yourself to be in the moment, and appreciate the moment, happiness will follow. I speak from experience. We’ve built a business empire, joined conversations about the future of our planet, attended many memorable parties and met many unforgettable people. And while these things have brought me great joy, it’s the moments that I stopped just to be, rather than do, that have given me true happiness. Why? Because allowing yourself just to be, puts things into perspective. Try it. Be still. Be present.

For me, it’s watching the flamingos fly across Necker Island at dusk. It’s holding my new grandchildren’s tiny hands. It’s looking up at the stars and dreaming of seeing them up close one day. It’s listening to my family’s dinner-time debates. It’s the smile on a stranger’s face, the smell of rain, the ripple of a wave, the wind across the sand. It’s the first snow fall of winter, and the last storm of summer.

There’s a reason we’re called human beings and not human doings. As human beings we have the ability to think, move and communicate in a heightened way. We can cooperate, understand, reconcile and love, that’s what sets us apart from most other species. 

Don’t waste your human talents by stressing about nominal things, or that which you cannot change. If you take the time simply to be and appreciate the fruits of life, your stresses will begin to dissolve, and you will be happier.

But don’t just seek happiness when you’re down. Happiness shouldn’t be a goal, it should be a habit. Take the focus off doing, and start being every day. Be loving, be grateful, be helpful, and be a spectator to your own thoughts.

Allow yourself to be in the moment, and appreciate the moment. Take the focus off everything you think you need to do, and start being I promise you, happiness will follow.

Happy regards,

Richard Branson

 

Source: Mind’s book: Dear Stranger, Letters on the subject of happiness.

Ref: https://www.virgin.com/richard-branson/my-tips-happiness-2018