How to: Unicode in URL with Python 3

I found this to be much more difficult than I thought it would be. The solution was simple, but finding it was a bit of a pain. Here is the solution: Extremely simple, but it caused me a fair amount of headache to figure that out. Common errors that might bring you to this post: AttributeError: […]

Connect GNS3 to ESXi

Introduction As far as I can tell, there’s no great way to make this happen. I will explain, but to give you an image up front, below is a diagram of what I did. It may seem daunting at first, but I’ll explain as we go along. Set Up Description My GNS3 server is running on […]

Receive SNMP Traps with Icinga 2 on Ubuntu/Debian

Configure Icinga2 to Receive SNMP Traps on Ubuntu/Debian Warning I’m warning you up front, making this happen is a pain if you’re new to Icinga. I did my best to account for every nuance I ran into, but you may find something else. Feel free to comment if you need help. Introduction Unfortunately, there is no […]

Icinga “ did not exit properly error”

I got this and it took some time to troubleshoot. The error is misleading. What it’s really telling you is that the plugin failed to execute properly. Here’s the catch, this includes warnings. So if you manually test the plugin from the command line outside of Icinga and it works, but gives a warning, when […]

Configuring Icinga for Cisco SNMP

Original Error: “CRITICAL – Plugin timed out while executing system call” I had a bit of trouble getting this to work so I thought I would share my solution. I initially followed the tutorial here. I basically wanted to Icinga to receive SNMP data from a Cisco 7200 I had set up. To begin, set up […]

Stop Ubuntu 14.04 VPN From Dying

The title of my post is a bit misleading, but it’s my solution to the problem. I found that my VPN would randomly die on Ubuntu. I could ping the network internal, but everything external was dead. What I did was add a cron job which checks every minute if the interface is up and […]

Spotify Does Not Play .m4a Files

Today I tried to play some Spotify files I had downloaded using youtube’s downloader, but could not get them to import or play. Symptoms You can play some m4a files, but not others. Quicktime will allow you to open the m4a file, but it’s longer than it should be and there is no sound Windows Media […]