Archive: Notes

Reinstalling at arm’s length

Published by Jon on December 19th, 2011 in Debian, Notes | Comments Off on Reinstalling at arm’s length

Recently I had need to re-purpose a server and for convenience, I decided to do a complete wipe and reinstall since it had previously been used for all sorts of package testing, experiments, dak debugging, the list goes on. I took a careful backup and then cooked up some USB installation media, but it took so long to boot (USB1.1, yay) I ran out of time before the building was locked.

Since this box has two hard disks, and not being one to back down from a challenge, I eventually reinstalled it over the weekend with nothing – no install media, no reinstall robot or intelligent hands – just a reliable internet connection and a healthy dose of courage. Here’s how.

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Dovecot, Lighttpd and SSL certificate renewals

Published by Jon on December 1st, 2010 in Debian, Notes, Tech | 1 Comment »

This is a mental note really, since my certificates last two years and I’ve always forgotten what to do about it. Generate a new request: openssl req -new -key <keyfile> -out <csrfile> StartSSL throw away all properties of the request except the key, so any answers will do. Re-use the request you sent last time […]

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