Let’s Encrypt with Nginx

When I saw the first news of the Let’s Encrypt project several months ago I got pretty excited about it, mostly because I don’t like to use self-signed certificates and this blog didn’t seem worthwhile to pay for a proper certificate on.  Combined with the recent news of Google starting to shame sites not using SSL I figured I would give it a shot.  Here is a quick rundown of how I configured my nginx web server to use Let’s Encrypt SSL certificates.  The official documentation for Let’s Encrypt can be found here. A few things to note at the start: I did not use the nginx plugin, as that is very broken I followed a fairly manual process using the “webroot” method thanks to this tutorial My Linux distro is Arch Linux This first thing you need to do is install/configure Let’s Encrypt. You can do this in any […]

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Breaking Down an NAA ID / World Wide Name

At least once a week in my career as a storage engineer I have a conversation that involves a systems admin asking me to add space to a SAN (fiber channel attached) based storage object by referring to it how they see it.  This could be the name of a data store in VMware, saying the “E-drive”, or any number of other descriptions of a storage object which are meaningless to me.  When I ask for more detail I am often given the world wide name of the device, as to them it looks like a pretty unique identifier for the storage they are talking about.  Before I long I log into the system myself and get it all sorted out but I wanted to see if there was a way I could make a quick and easy translation of the world wide name they give me so that it […]

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