How to Install OwnCloud to Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

This quick how-to steps you through a simple installation of OwnCloud to a Ubuntu 14.04 server. First, you need some prereqs: sudo apt-get install php5-gd mysql-server To begin, you need to add the repository for ownCloud for ubuntu 14.04. wget -nv -O Release.key apt-key add – < Release.key Next,… Continue reading

How to Install Universal Media Server UMS on Ubuntu in Headless mode for 14.04 or 16.04

Updated for Ubuntu 14.04 or 16.04 03-15-18 Universal Media Server is a fork off the very useful PS3 and PS4 Media Server. And although the PS3MediaServer was a great solution, it did have some shortcomings, especially with certain file formats or file containers. I tried UMS and loved it. It… Continue reading

StrongSwan Ipsec VPN for Remote Users with Certificate Based Authentication

This is a working strongswan ipsec config that can be used for a roadwarrior setup for remote users utilizing certificate based authentication instead of id/pw. This is a pure IPSEC with ESP setup, not L2tp. This is not 2 factor, it is cert only. To get started: sudo apt-get install… Continue reading

Using Postfix to Relay messages to an ISP Email Server

Since my ISP blocks port 25, preventing me from running my own in-house email, I relay all my in-house emails and notifications generated from various components though the ISP email servers. This allows me to have internal components send messages to my in house server on 25 and those messages… Continue reading

Replace Outlook Mail, Contacts, and Calendar with Thunderbird

My company uses MS Exchange 2013 for mail, contacts, calendars, and tasks. However, we have a lot of users on LInux desktops that can’t run Outlook. For others, the new Outlook 2013 is a horrible monstrosity of Flat icons on all all white background that burns your eyes after a… Continue reading