From the Burrow

Zenoss cron jobs...

2011-09-15 00:00:00 +0000

…Note to self, when writing cron jobs to run as the zenoss user make sure you set the $ZENHOME environment variable in cron or in your script.

I’ve been a total noob chasing this around for days

Can't copy files Virtualbox shared folder

2011-09-13 00:00:00 +0000

Just had a very weird issue here that turned out to have a very logical solution.

I set up a shared folder between my virtual guest and the host machine. I set it to auto mount and threw a couple of files into the folder.

I booted up the virtual windows instance and browsed to the shared folder and tried to copy the files out of the shared folder…it worked but the files promptly vanished and were replaced by one file with 0 byte size.

Bugger…I tried again; this time browsing to a samba network share and pasting the files….again within seconds they were replaced with a 0 byte file.

The problem was that the filename given by the linux screenshot program was not legal on windows. So I changed the file names and suddenly it all worked fine.

So the lesson is, check them names!

Hope this helps someone

Need to run a Python program as a Windows Service?

2011-09-12 00:00:00 +0000

Then this will help!

[EDIT] If you need to run something every ‘x’ seconds, have a peek at this page. I must admit I don’t like the executing of a external script but its easily merged with the previous example to make something nice.

Light At The End Of The Tablet Tunnel

2011-09-09 00:00:00 +0000

VMWare Web Services SDK

2011-09-08 00:00:00 +0000

Somehow this managed to pass me by but vSphere has a webservices interface. I really want to look at writing a python wrapper for this sometime in the future! If you are venturing down this path have a peek at these webinars:

Hope it helps

Quick and Dirty query to find out what instances of SQL a Windows box has (if any)

2011-09-08 00:00:00 +0000

Needed something to do this from Linux quickly.

net rpc service list -W -S servername -U domain\username grep “SQL Server (“

Hope it helps

Citrix on Ubuntu 11.04

2011-09-08 00:00:00 +0000

Hey folks,

I’m slapping this here as its may save a couple of minutes of googling in the future.

  • Grab the citrix ICA client

  • sudo apt-get install libmotif-dev

  • Add net.ipv4.tcp_window_scaling=0 to your /etc/sysctl.conf file to fix a strange popup error

Run free in the bountiful citrix’y hills!

Cheers to this site and this site for the fixes.


Remote execute windows command from Ubuntu (psexec for linux)

2011-09-07 00:00:00 +0000

Hey all, just a quickly as this took a little googling.

If you need winexe to remote administer a windows box..

Grab a package from here:

Install it

Finally open a terminal and try:

winexe -U domain\username //machinename ‘cmd’

Also you may want to hunt down wmic (wmi-client), its also not in the repos, but is available to be compiled from zenoss.

If I find the guide for this again I’ll make another post about it.

Hope it helps!

The bestt thing on the internet

2011-09-04 00:00:00 +0000

Tonight I found a site called wiki summaries.

It summarises books.

There is a summary of green eggs and ham


Python, Suds and Microsoft Web Services

2011-08-30 00:00:00 +0000

Hey all,

If you need to interact with Microsoft Web Services from python grab suds from whatever repo you have handy and relax! I had a brief dabble with Soappy but it seems this is now deprecated and had a couple of issues.

Here is your quickstart to talk to a soap based .net web service with suds

from suds.client import Client

#chances are you have a asmx url, make sure you add

# ?wsdl on the end

url = ""

client = Client(url)

print client.service.yourMethod(args)

Hope it helps!