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Asus Router with Merlin Firmware External Network Interface Alias How To

Asus Router with Merlin Firmware External Network Interface Alias for Cable Modem Management The external network interface alias is used for obtaining direct access to the cable modem’s management interface when the modem is in bridge modem. A reason for this would be if the cable providers network has some sort of issue that causes…
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Site to Site VPN using Asus Merlin Router and Unifi USG-Pro4

Site to Site VPN using Asus Merlin Router and Unifi USG-Pro4 I decided recently to replace my Asus RT-N66U. It served me well over many years but I had become frustrated that Asus had stopped patching and maintaining the firmware. I also noticed over time strange things would occur at times with the Asus Router.…
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Integrating Apache Nifi with IBM MQ

Integrating Apache Nifi with IBM MQ This would be a continuation of the IBM MQ and Hadoop integration article I first posted a few years ago. This explains how to integrate IBM MQ with Apache Nifi or Hortonworks HDF. IBM MQ is extremely important when attempting to integrate new technologies with legacy environments specifically mainframe environments…
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CIFS SMB to HDFS and FTP to HDFS

CIFS/SMB to HDFS and FTP to HDFS Over the past few years since working on with Hadoop and HDFS. Two types of requests that came up pretty regularly. One being can we move files from a Windows SMB/CIFS file share into Hadoop/HDFS usually containing 1000’s of CSVs or XLSX/XLS files. The other use case was…
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Router to Router VPN Tunnel using Asus Routers

Router to Router VPN Tunnel using Asus Routers Over the past few years I’ve tried a few times to successfully configure a Router to Router VPN tunnel using Asus Routers. In all the articles online something always was missing. So I figured this was a good article to write about. I currently have a tunnel…
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Apache SolrCloud Kerberos Configuration

I’ve been working on securing Apache SolrCloud with kerberos. This includes configuring Zookeeper. So after struggling and lots of searching I came up with a working kerberized solution for SolrCloud, with Zookeeper, and Apache Ranger for Authorization. First I tried to secure a standalone Solr instance by updating to the Solr 6x branch which is a SNAPSHOT…
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Benefits of using IBM Java and JDK features

After working many years with IBM WebSphere Application Server on Solaris, Linux on PSeries, XSeries and ZSeries and Z/OS. I came to realize the IBM version of Java has much better debug tools and documentation available to perform debugging and performance tuning. Examples of these features are the IBM AOT Ahead of Time Compiler which…
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Hadoop, Java and HTTPD and /etc/security/limits.d/ nproc/pid-max

After successfully running a Large Hadoop Cluster for a period of time. I started to notice strange things occurring initially with the MapReduce PI example task where tasks would be marked as failed. When looking more closely and attempting to logon/su/ssh to a machine with the userid that was running the job the sshd/su would return: -bash:…
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Hadoop and ip_conntrack: table full, dropping packet

I’m pretty sure many folks have seen this specific error across multiple different linux systems specifically when iptables is enabled and the OS has thousands of connections coming in second. In my case I ran into this Examples of this are with Hadoop NameNode. Someone accidentally executed iptables -L to try to get a list…
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Hadoop and Redhat System Tuning /etc/sysctl.conf

Hadoop and Redhat System Tuning /etc/sysctl.conf One of the most overlooked things after building out a Hadoop cluster is the operating system tuning. This post will cover how to tune settings in /etc/sysctl.conf also known as Linux Kernel Settings. /etc/sysctl.conf ## ALWAYS INCREASE KERNEL SEMAPHORES especially IF using IBM JDK with SharedClassCache also a separate…
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