Category: Sysadmin

Debrand a Dell EMC IDPA DP4400 to a PowerEdge R740xd

It’s simple to debrand an “OEM”ed variant of the Dell PowerEdge R740 or R640 based “appliance”. First you will need the default identity which can be found here: DELL PowerEdge OEMR XL Dell Branded ID Module with Windows Embedded OS Support You’re looking for the 4XHVW_14G_DBE_CustBSU_3_00.exe (local mirror) file which must be extracted first prior […]


When I received a 2nd hand Dell VRTX Chassis and three PowerEdge M520 blades. One of the blades had an issue connecting to the remote iDRAC GUI after configuring it for local LAN settings. The iDRAC would get the new DHCP address but the iDRAC Web Server would not load. I was able to SSH […]

unifi6 in a FreeNAS iocage Jail FreeBSD

The community plugins for the mainstream release of FreeNAS 11.3 has a community plugin repository. It does feature the Unifi Controller version 5. If you’re looking for the Unifi 6.x code stream you’ll need to build a jail manually. Below you will find the quick guide to manually setup a Unifi6 jail in BSD.

Dell EMC VxRail Default Password List

Below are the factory passwords before imaging a VxRail node. When you re-RASR the node these are the passwords that have been set apart of that factory image. Component IP Username Password Node BIOS N/A N/A emcbios ESXi DHCP root Passw0rd! vCenter / PSC Defined on build root vmware Log Insight DHCP root Passw0rd! VxRail […]

Namecheap DDNS on Ubiquiti EdgeRouter

Namecheap provides a great domain service with an emphesis on security and privacy. I’ve recently decided to try their premium DNS service for a variety of reasons. It was nice to see a Dynamic DNS service. With my home network focused around the Ubiquiti product line and leveraging the EdgeRouter (ER-Lite) Dynamic DNS features. It’s […]

Run PtokaX Under systemd

Here is the example to run PtokaX Direct Connect Hub software as a daemon under systemd. Tested and used on Debian 9 Stretch. This also assumes you’re using a non-privileged user and your binary is at /usr/local/bin/PtokaX.

Quanta LB4M Quick Configuration Examples

The Quanta switches are not well documented nor is it very good. We will cover the basics of configuring the LB4M switch which includes management IP address, SSH, firmware and LACP port channeling. Configure a Management IP Address + Enable SSH: Upgrade LB4M Firmware: You can download the latest known Layer2 version of the firmware […]