Remove Plesk Health Monitor


If you’re tired of dealing with the obnoxious “Alarm Level Changed” e-mails that Plesk’s Health Monitoring puts out, you can simply remove the package.

From shell:
rpm -e psa-health-monitor

After all, it’s not like there aren’t a billion better packages out there. (I recommend the stuff that R-fx Networks puts out, personally.)

Continue reading » · Rating: · Written on: 06-09-11 · 2 Comments »

Plesk 10 & open_basedir

To add a directory to a virtual domain’s open_basedir in Plesk 10, simply add a vhost.conf to the conf/ directory of the vhost in question, then run:

/usr/local/psa/admin/sbin/httpdmng --reconfigure-domain

Your vhost.conf would need to be in the format of:

<Directory /var/www/vhosts/>
php_admin_value open_basedir "/var/www/vhosts/"
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“Invalid Key” error for jos_session, jos_components, and jos_core_acl_aco tables in Joomla database

I ran into this one this evening, and at its root, it comes down to some changes made between MySQL 5.0 and 5.1.

Problem is, fixing the issues created by these changes seems to be more involved than the documentation implies. Suggested fixes such as commenting out the skip-bdb option in my.cnf did not work in this case.

After spending hours perusing support sites, and banging my head repeatedly against these tables that were being reported as “corrupt” and unrepairable, I finally hit upon a low-tech solution.

I downloaded the actual database files from /var/lib/mysql, tucked it into the /var/lib/mysql directory of a MySQL 5.0 install, exported the SQL queries and re-imported them into my 5.1 install.

This solution isn’t for everyone, of course, because it requires access to a 5.0 install, but it worked for me.

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McAfee McAgent.exe

I’ve decided that the mcagent.exe process installed by McAfee’s Total Protection 2010 would be more aptly named “McHippie.exe”.

Why? Because it just sits around in a daze, doing nothing, while consuming all your resources.


(With apologies to actual, honest-to-God, granola-eating hippies.)

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Plesk SSO errors


A little tip here: If you’re getting this message when trying to log into Plesk Billing via Plesk:

Warning: fopen(/var/log/sso/sso.log) [function.fopen]: failed to open stream: Permission denied in /usr/local/sso/lib/Log.php on line 24 FATAL ERROR: Can not open log file ‘/var/log/sso/sso.log’ (CWD is /usr/local/sso)

This would seem to be being caused by changing the hostname, for which Plesk Billing generates an automatic self-signed SSL certificate for. Attempting to re-register the hostname using the /usr/local/psa/bin/sso utility is useless in this context, as it keeps beating up against the entrenched cert.

To remedy, simply:
1.) Back up your Plesk Billing database
2.) command: yum remove plesk-billing
3.) Re-add Plesk Billing via the Plesk Updater

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How to fix Plesk with only a “Continue” button

Oddly enough, this actually is a feature and not a bug. It hinges on the Single Sign-on feature linking Plesk Billing and Plesk itself. Plesk is trying to redirect to the Billing side to take login credentials.

Just open ports 11443/11444 on your firewall, and you’re good to go.

More info here.

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What is Network Neutrality?

I’ve seen a couple articles today where the Republicans are trying to politicize the concept of network neutrality, comparing it in one case to “a Fairness Doctrine for the Internet“.

Well, it’s not that. And I could spend several paragraphs excoriating Republicans for yet-another weak attempt to convince uninformed voters that Obama’s going to [fill-in-the-blank], but I won’t. Instead, I will simply present you with What Net Neutrality Is, and What Net Neutrality Isn’t. Continue reading…

Continue reading » · Rating: · Written on: 10-22-09 · 1 Comment »

Missing Dependency on RHEL/Fedora/CentOS: is needed by package mplayer

I’ve been trying to get MPlayer installed on my server, and I finally had some success at it. So, I’ll share what I’ve learned:

The problem would seem to be some glitches in the various repositories that prevent MPlayer from compiling properly. You can have the libcaca, caca-utils, and libcaca-devel RPM’s installed, and it STILL fails to resolve the dependency.

The dependency error was solved, in my case, by enabling the RPMFusion repos and THEN installing MPlayer via yum. I did, and managed to FINALLY get mplayer working.

I hope this helps somebody else avoid the four hours I spent researching this. :)

Continue reading » · Rating: · Written on: 02-17-09 · 10 Comments »

Another persistent fake antivirus making the rounds…

I’m guessing this one is actually older than Anti-Virus 2009, because it’s called VirusRemover 2008. It uses a trojan horse known as Vundo to infect via Sun’s Java in concert with Microsoft’s Internet Exploiter.

It can be removed quickly and easily using Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware, or with the Vundo removal tool.

Then, make sure both Java and IE are fully updated, even if you don’t use them.

Continue reading » · Rating: · Written on: 02-07-09 · No Comments »

Defeat “Anti-Virus 2009″

A lot of sites are reporting on the fake anti-virus package “Anti-Virus 2009″, which snookers innocent users in by planting the very malware it pretends to delete.

This has apparently infected over 400,000 computers now, and I can say that I’ve made that number 399,999.

The quickest way you can stop it in its tracks is to block the following domain, either at your router, or by editing your HOSTS file (in the c:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc directory.)

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Continue reading » · Rating: · Written on: 01-02-09 · 3 Comments »