Backup Agents

Installing Backup Agents on your Windows System

There are two major backup systems in use within OIT, Avamar and Veritas.

Avamar is usually used for virtual machines, and Veritas for physical machines, but there are exceptions so you should check with ISO Infrastructure/Provisioning to be sure your host is using the correct system if you are unsure.

For machines in the WolfTech active directory

OIT ISO Calendar resources

We've got s couple of Google Calendars created for the ISO group in OIT.

Custom .ADM files in the year 2011

So, we have some servers coming into Wolftech that need to enable "AutoAdminLogon"

This setting is turned off by the Microsoft EC "baseline, best practice" security GPOs applied to the Domain.

Not a problem, right?  We just set a GP closer to the servers in question, and since we're cool, we'll filter on group membership so we can pick and choose what machines get this security setting overwritten.

avamar backups

Service Name

avamar backup


This checks to be sure that hosts running the EMC Avamar backup agent are being properly backed up.

It can alert on

Function windows-script



Public Description:

A "Script" server is a host dedicated to running non-interactive tasks. It is often used to generate reports or other housekeeping tasks. Whatever jobs a script server should perform are delayed when they occur during a period when the script server is unavailable.

Private Notes:

In 'nix parlance, this is a "cron" server.

Nagios checks:

"scheduled tasks" runs every 15 minutes, and passes the command "check_alltasks" to NSClient++ with no parameters. This is defined in NSC.INI as

Setup SNMP on Windows

 This is just notes at this point

To install SNMP role on Server 2000 / 2003 and Windows XP

%windir%\system32\sysocmgr.exe /i:%windir%\inf\sysoc.inf /r

The /r is optional and indicates that the server should not reboot after installation.  You need to have the Windows Installation Media available somewhere in your path, or edit the registry key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Setup to point to a network share for OS installation media. 

Errors with Kerberos Service Principal Names

 Hi folks,

I got a note from Billy warning me of some duplicate service principal names.  From what I can gather, this is caused usually by having a single service registered in the directory as running under two sets of credentials.  Most of the google results tag this condition as very very bad/scary and likely to cause service login failures.  Here's the MS KB

windows 2008 and non-admins - rights to restart services

 On one of our hosted systems servers we have an occasion where a customer will need limited server access to restart a server-side service.  This is somewhat challenging within Windows Server 2008, as permissons are more granular.


A few resources to handle this are:

Microsoft support doc on Non-admins remotely controlling a service



Computer objects under the old ISO container


I'm gathering data about the OUs under OIT that we've been planning to migrate up to the OIT level for a while now.  After our latest re-org, there current stucture is even more out of date that usual. :-D
Here's a list of computer objects located under /ncsu/oit/iso
dsquery * -startnode "ou=ISO,ou=OIT,ou=NCSU,dc=wolftech,dc=ad,dc=ncsu,dc=" -filter "(objectclass=Computer)" -attr cn operatingSystem -scope subtree | sort
  cals00fs           EMC Celerra File Server

Actions for "ping"


The "ping" check indicates that the Nagios servers cannot reach the host over the network.


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