Using DJGPP and other UNIX-like tools to manage NT servers

What is it? DJGPP is a collection of UNIX-like tools for DOS/Windows that has been ported from the GNU project. For a better understanding of what we mean by UNIX-like, see We’ve found DJGPP indespensible for tweaking files for automated installs from the command prompt. With this version you can run the utilities from […]

Compiling Opensource programs on NT/95/98

Windows users are at a disadvantage in the open source environment becase they are not used to compiling programs. The idea of recompiling the NT kernel just simply doesn’t cross the mind of a typical MCSE. Programs are usually shipped precompiled. In the *nix world it is routine to download the source code for a […]

Creating an NT Server Test Lab Using VMware

One thing we do quite often here at is install and reinstall NT Server and friends over and over again. This article describes how to setup, configure, backup to tape, and restore an NT Server installation on Vmware. We installed Vmware using the simple directions that came with the distribution, and then ran a […]

Using XP to Administer Linux with Cygwin

We loaded up a copy of Windows XP Professional today, and the first thing we needed to do was administer our Linux boxes. There are a lot of stand alone tools out there. For SSH, PuTTY works well. What is even better, though, is to use Cygwin. The Cygwin collection of utilities is very complete. […]

Xterm on Windows

We have written about Cygwin in past articles. This article will focus on getting Xterm to run on Windows. Xterm emulation works. Resize during a session? No problem. Unix style cut and pastes? Sure. The catch is you have to run X on your Windows box… heh, heh. First, install Cygwin, then copy the binaries […]

Authenticating Windows 2000/XP Clients With LDAP using pGina

One extremely cool programming project that you should check out is pGina. pGina replaces the authentication module on Windows 2000 and XP clients so that they can authenticate via SSL with an LDAP server. Further, pGina uses authentication plugins, so over time other methods can be used as interest determines them. The author was published […]

Running a GNU/Linux Distribution on Mac OS X using Bochs – Part 1

There are 3 parts to this article: Part1 – Part2 – Part3 We sometimes need a real GNU/Linux system to fiddle with, even when we are on our Mac. It is useful to test out configurations, etc. Bochs works well as an emulator. Slow, but it is free. What to install for the GNU/Linux system, […]

Running a GNU/Linux Distribution on Mac OS X using Bochs – Part 2

There are 3 parts to this article: Part1 – Part2 – Part3 DSL comes with Lilo, and that suits us fine. We need to remove grub and copy linux24 to /boot on the new partition. We didn’t need minirt24.gz, but weren’t sure. You may want to copy it over just in case: We want to […]

Running a GNU/Linux Distribution on Mac OS X using Bochs – Part 3

There are 3 parts to this article: Part1 – Part2 – Part3 Here is what the hardware is looking like on our boot from our hard disk image: This /etc/fstab file worked for us: The next boot went well: Here are the /etc/init.d srcripts that we removed to make booting tolerable: Now, these automagic scripts […]

Creating a Disk Image for Bochs

Bochs is an open source PC (x86) emulator that runs on a variety of platforms, including GNU/Linux and Mac OS X. One of the first things that you need to do to get started is to create a disk image. There is a utility that comes with Bochs, that does much of the work for […]