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Setting Up SSH Access with Radius Authentication on 3Com Switches (5500 and 4500 Family) using Microsoft Network Policy Services (NPS)

I have been dealing with this for many days and I finally got it working ! I believe there are a lot of people out there that are also willing to implement something like this , but there is no much 3Com documentation out there to help themselves. Follow this tutorial step by step in order to start authenticating ssh access to 3Com switches (5500 Family and 4500 Family) using your active directory and the windows server 2008 Network Policy Server. I also think this procedure can be improved and I will keep working on it (check for updates later). I would also like to use the same

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Software RAID on Linux with mdadm

RAID Controllers

We've spent a great deal of time examining various RAID levels such as RAID-0, 1, 5, and 6, and Nested RAID levels such as RAID-10, 50, 51, 61, and 60 or even the more complicated RAID-100 or RAID-160. In all of these discussions we have assumed there was a RAID "controller" that performed the various RAID operations. This includes sending chunks of data to the appropriate disks, computing parity, hot-swapping, disk fail-over, checking read transactions to determine if the read was successfully and if not, declaring that disk as "down", plus other important tasks related to

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Learning Awk by example: Part 3

Formatting output

While awk's print statement does do the job most of the time, sometimes more is needed. For those times, awk offers two good old friends called printf() and sprintf(). Yes, these functions, like so many other awk parts, are identical to their C counterparts. printf() will print a formatted string to stdout, while sprintf() returns a formatted string that can be assigned to a variable. If you're not familiar with printf() and sprintf(), an introductory C text will quickly get you up to speed on these two essential printing functions. You can view the printf() man page by

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Learning Awk by example: Part 2

Multi-line records

Awk is an excellent tool for reading in and processing structured data, such as the system's /etc/passwd file. /etc/passwd is the UNIX user database, and is a colon-delimited text file, containing a lot of important information, including all existing user accounts and user IDs, among other things. In my previous article, I showed you how awk could easily parse this file. All we had to do was to set the FS (field separator) variable to ":".

By setting the FS variable correctly, awk can be configured to parse almost any kind of structured data, as long as there is one record

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Learning Awk by example: Part 1

In defense of awk

Sure, awk doesn't have a great name. But it is a great language. Awk is geared toward text processing and report generation, yet features many well-designed features that allow for serious programming. And, unlike some languages, awk's syntax is familiar, and borrows some of the best parts of languages like C, python, and bash (although, technically, awk was created before both python and bash). Awk is one of those languages that, once learned, will become a key part of your strategic coding arsenal.

The first awk

Let's go ahead and start playing around with awk to see how

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