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systemd-networkd exanic cards

This post is to detail how I managed to reliably set the additional settings for Exablaze’s ExaNIC X40 card, the technique is applicable to other cards. I was performing this on a Dell R730 running CentOS 7.4 The Exablaze cards have additional capabilities like bypass-only mode, which needs to be set every time the system is rebooted. In the past, I’ve covered this by using udev, but it hasn’t proven to be reliable. Read more →

Mesh Commander on Linux

I needed to use MeshCommander to connect to an “Intel AMT enabled” PC. It’s a good feature allowing you access to the console remotely. The downside is there is no official release for any other platform than Windows. There is an unofficial release for Mac OS X. To get MeshCommander to work for Linux I performed the following:- wget http://info.meshcentral.com/downloads/mdtk/meshcommandersource.zip cd meshcommander unzip ../meshcommandersource.zip cd NodeJS npm install node commander.js Now you can navigate to http://localhost:3000/ to use MeshCommander Read more →

Kickstart overcoming UEFi or converting from MBR

Recently I had the opportunity to install CentOS 7 onto a new Intel Skylake based machine. The system using legacy bios mode installed via kickstart without any issues, repeatedly. I should say that the system had two 500Gb msata drives and an M.2 1Tb drive. The two msata would hold CentOS and would use Raid 1. Unfortunately, the system needed to be in UEFi mode, and this change meant a new kickstart file. Read more →

Data capture with ExaNIC’s

Capturing the data My scenario is that I wish capture some multicast data and analyse it later. I’d like this process to be automated, start at a specific time, stop at a specific time, and then process the captured data file. I’ll be using CentOS 7 which is based on systemd. Fortunately, the ExaNIC cards come with a great utility called exanic-capture, this tool is one of the features of the ExaNIC card outlined in this post on the Exablaze site. Read more →