phpMyAdmin root login vs. MariaDB

So I just installed a new Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial box with MariaDB 10.0 and phpMyAdmin but for some reason just can’t login as root user via phpMyAdmin, although it works via the shell. Turn’s out MariaDB enabled the unix_socket plugin-in for the root user, preventing phpMyAdmin from working out of the box like it does with native MySQL. So much for drop-in replacement – figuring that one out was quite frustrating…

Here’s how you disable it:

Enable pci passthrough for QEMU/KVM

I have a couple older HP ProLiant DL360 Gen 6 and Gen 7 Server I want to use as virtual machine hosts with some PCIe devices mapped through to the guests running there, let’s say so they can directly access the Fibre Channel ports on the host or whatnot. Here’s how to do it (running Ubuntu 14.04 LTS that is, YMMV with other distributions):

  1. Edit your /etc/default/grub and add the intel_iommu=on boot option, it should look something like this (serial console for ILO enabled as well)
  2. Add the vfio module to the list in /etc/modules
  3. Create a file like /etc/modprobe.d/vfio.conf setting the allow_unsafe_interrupts option for the vfio module.

    Otherwise you’ll get an error when trying to start a VM with a PCI device passed through: “failed to set iommu for container: Operation not permitted”
    Apparently the IOMMU interrupt remapping is kinda broken on this platform.
  4. Reboot your server and create a VM with one of your PCIe adapters passed through – it should show up just like if was a native device on a real, physical server.

XMPP notifications for check_mk

Want to have your check_mk notifiy you via XMPP / Jabber if something goes boom? Here’s a little Python notification script which does just that…

You’ll need sleekxmpp installed, either via pip install sleekxmpp  or apt-get install python3-sleekxmpp  if you’re running Ubuntu.

Next, just add the script to check_mk by placing it here: [...]/share/check_mk/notifications/xmpp

Now call the script with the destination ([email protected]) you want notified as custom parameter from within check_mk and give it a try by triggering some alert.

(Originally from here, but last time I checked indentation was broken and the site mostly down)

Event Console not showing up in check_mk

After spending the last couple hours trying to figure out why the event console wasn’t showing up in my manually upgraded OMD/check_mk install (that is OMD 1.2 w/ check_mk 1.2.4p5 upgraded to 1.2.6b10) even though mkeventd is running – here’s what you got to do: manually copy the files from your check_mk source directory into the install director. The setup script does everything else for your, except that.

That’s it. WATO should now show the event console again and things like rule based notification will also work.

KVM too fast for plymouth-upstart-bridge

Kind of a hilarious bug, really… I recently installed another Ubuntu 14.04 server running inside a KVM with a rather fast storage backend, therefore the system apparently boots just a tiny bit faster than my other images have in the past. Problem is, apparently that slows down the boot process as init thinks something must be crashing and decides to respawn it for good measure…

Yep, that’s right – 47 seconds waiting and idling, doing nothing when the image could have booted in a fraction of that time.

To fix it, simply add a sleep 2 to your /etc/init/plymouth-upstart-bridge.conf

Init won’t freak out anymore and starts the image as it’s supposed to:

Way better….

Updating SmartArray controllers on 64-bit Ubuntu 14.04

Want to install a firmware update on one of your HP SmartArray controllers while running a 64-bit OS? Turns out, the binaries distributed by HP seem to be 32-bit only – running for example Ubuntu 14.04, here’s what you gotta do…


But libstdtc++6 seems already installed, hmpf… 32-bit maybe?


Let’s try that again…

Well, that was rather easy…

Fix check_hpasm for 3.x kernels

After upgrading one of my HP ProLiant servers to Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (better late than never) the check_hpasm Nagios plugin broke, resulting in no regular checks of the internal arrays being performed.

Apparently that’s a known bug with the hpacucli utility doing the actual checks, which can’t uname returning a 3.x kernel version. You can manually fix this by running it like this:

Therefore a quick and dirty fix for check_hpasm would be to open up /usr/lib/nagios/plugins/check_hpasm and go to the part that reads:

and replace the line (553 in my case) calling hpacucli with:

Worked just fine for me.