Configure the Windows firewall to allow pings ICMP Ping

This information shows you how to Configure the Windows firewall to allow pings ICMP Ping.

  1. Open Windows Firewall
  2. Click Advanced Settings on the left.
  3. From the left pane of the resulting window, click Inbound Rules.
  4. In the right pane, find the rules titled File and Printer Sharing (Echo Request – ICMPv4-In).
  5. Right-click each rule and choose Enable Rule.

Zabbix Problem Alert: Service “sppsvc” (Software Protection) is not running (startup type automatic delayed)

When installing windows servers, there are constant alerts for:

Service “sppsvc” (Software Protection) is not running (startup type automatic delayed)
Service “RemoteRegistry” (Remote Registry) is not running (startup type automatic)
Service “MapsBroker” (Downloaded Maps Manager) is not running (startup type automatic delayed)
Service “IaasVmProvider” (IaasVmProvider) is not running (startup type automatic)
Service “WbioSrvc” (Windows Biometric Service) is not running (startup type automatic)
Service “VSS” (Volume Shadow Copy) is not running (startup type automatic)

Check Configuraton > Hosts > Server Name > Click on Discovery inline with server namre > Mounted filesystem discovery. Find “Keep lost resources period:. Change from 31d to 0d.


this has to do with the “Specifically to the Keep lost resources period” (in days) parameter.

If an entity is discovered by LLD, and then is either: removed; lost; or excluded by a filter, it is still kept in Zabbix for the duration of time defined by the Keep Lost Resources parameter (default is 30 days).

So, the changes were recognized in the next LLD cycle (1 hour), but the filtered entity was then considered “lost”, so would be kept for an additional 30 days. If I had waited that long, it would have finally disappeared.

Fortunately you can set that parameter to “0” and it will disappear after the next LLD cycle. Best not to leave that setting at “0” though, so reset back to “30” after LLD.

Install Lets encrypt on WHM and cPanel

Follow this:
The this for the icon in cpanel:

Log into your SSH client at root level, then add the Let’s Encrypt repository with the following command:

cd /etc/yum.repos.d/ && wget

Next, install the plugin for cPanel with line below and yum:

yum -y install letsencrypt-cpanel


 yum -y install letsencrypt-cpanel
Loaded plugins: fastestmirror, universal-hooks
Loading mirror speeds from cached hostfile
 * EA4:
 * cpanel-addons-production-feed:
 * base:
 * extras:
 * updates:
letsencrypt-cpanel                                                                                                             | 2.9 kB  00:00:00
letsencrypt-cpanel/primary_db                                                                                                  | 9.4 kB  00:00:00
Resolving Dependencies
--> Running transaction check
---> Package letsencrypt-cpanel.x86_64 0:0.14.0-1 will be installed
--> Finished Dependency Resolution

Dependencies Resolved

 Package                                  Arch                         Version                         Repository                                Size
 letsencrypt-cpanel                       x86_64                       0.14.0-1                        letsencrypt-cpanel                       3.5 M

Transaction Summary
Install  1 Package

Total download size: 3.5 M
Installed size: 10 M
Downloading packages:
letsencrypt-cpanel-0.14.0-1.x86_64.rpm                                                                                         | 3.5 MB  00:00:00
Running transaction check
Running transaction test
Transaction test succeeded
Running transaction
*** By running this installer, you indicate that you have read the end-user
 licence agreement ( and agree to all of its terms, as stated. ***

Running installer as root
OS version OK
cPanel version OK
No licence file detected at /etc/letsencrypt-cpanel.licence
Fetching new trial licence ...
Licence file present
Redirecting to /bin/systemctl stop letsencrypt-cpanel.service
Failed to stop letsencrypt-cpanel.service: Unit letsencrypt-cpanel.service not loaded.
FleetSSL cPanel service daemon stopped
  Installing : letsencrypt-cpanel-0.14.0-1.x86_64                                                                                                 1/1

This server has self-signed service certificates
It is not safe to operate this plugin in this circumstance
'insecure' is being added to /etc/letsencrypt-cpanel.conf

If you wish to generate a Let's Encrypt cert for the server
Please read the configuration documentation on our website, at

Config written to /etc/letsencrypt-cpanel.conf
Uninstallation of existing service failed (it's OK)
Installed init scripts.
Copied plugin files OK
Installing cPanel paper_lantern plugin (may take a minute) ...
cPanel Plugin installer succeeded OK
Installed chkservd scripts
Added apache pre virtualhost global include
Set cpanel tweak settings

--- Installation complete ---
The plugin should now be available in the cPanel feature manager
Will rebuild conf and restart Apache to reload AutoSSL DCV URLs
Rebuilding Apache conf and restarting now ...
Built /etc/apache2/conf/httpd.conf OK
  Verifying  : letsencrypt-cpanel-0.14.0-1.x86_64                                                                                                 1/1

  letsencrypt-cpanel.x86_64 0:0.14.0-1


Curl Error When updating WordPress behind firewall: Error message: cURL error 28: Connection timed out after 10001 milliseconds

When updating wordpress, this error appears:
Error message: cURL error 28: Connection timed out after 10001 milliseconds

Resolution: Curl the site with the private IP and not the public IP. From inside the private network each server or device is known only by it’s private IP address and is always referenced using that address.


Also, on cpanel that is behind a firewall, you can check the file for the mappings:/var/cpanel/cpnat

Zabbix Agent on Debian

Install Zabbix Agent

First, log into Zabbix agent instance and add the Zabbix repository with the following command:
Change version number for your zabbix version.

# wget
# sudo dpkg -i zabbix-release_3.0-2+stretch_all.deb
# sudo apt-get update -y

Install the Zabbix agent by just running the following command:

# sudo apt-get install zabbix-agent -y

Once the Zabbix agent is installed, you will need to configure Zabbix agent to communicate with Zabbix server. You can do this by editing the Zabbix agent configuration file:

# sudo nano /etc/zabbix/zabbix_agentd.conf

Change the file as shown below:

    #Zabbix Server IP Address / Hostname


    #Zabbix Agent Hostname


Save and close the file when you are finished, then restart the Zabbix agent service and enable it to start on boot time with the following command:

# sudo systemctl restart zabbix-agent
# sudo systemctl enable zabbix-agent


Add SSL to multiple subdomains in Plesk

Add a domain like this for the primary domain:


The add the wildcard domain to that domain.

According to the following link, once you update the wildcard SSL for the domain/subscription “* ” it will affect all subdomains.

Vmware commands ESXi

Log Files:

/var/log/auth.log – All events related to authentication for the system.

In addition to the above, every Virtual Machine hosted on ESXi will have corresponding VM log files called vmware.log recording events related to machine activity, system failures, hardware changes, migrations, status and so on. To view the log file, SSH to the ESXi host and navigate to the datastore on which the VM folder resides.

The path to the log file should be similar to /vmfs/volumes///vwmare.log.

There are some adjustments you can make to the log rotation and logging options for a VM. Disable or enable logging: Set the logging value in the VM’s VMX file to false or true respectively. You can do this by editing the VM’s settings (VM Options -> Advanced -> Edit Configuration) in vSphere Web client as shown.

How to fix a “cURL error 28: Connection timed out” in WordPress ?

I recently received this error on a wordpress site update:

cURL error 28: Connection timed out after 10001 milliseconds with wordpress update.

The Fix:

  1. The first thing to do is to update your WordPress to the latest version if not already done.
  2. Then, check the following points :
  • Make sure your server is running a recent version of PHP and the cURL library.
  • Try to increase your Server Memory Limits settings.
  • The cURL error can be a dns related issue. Your hosting company might need to switch dns configuration to Google, Cloudflare or OpenDNS :
  • Ask your host if there is some limitation with wp-cron, or if loopback is disabled.
  • Ask your host if there a firewall or security modules (e.g. mod_security ) that could block the outgoing cURL requests.

More information here:

How to change the Primary IP Address of a WHM/Cpanel server

This is for CentOS/RHEL based servers.

Steps in WHM: Log into WHM and go to Basic cPanel & WHM Setup.

Change the Primary IP here with the option that says “The IP address (only one address) that will be used for setting up shared IP virtual hosts”

Log in to SSH, and do the following:

Edit /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-eth0
Change the IPADDR and GATEWAY lines to match the new IP and Gateway for the new ip

Edit /etc/sysconfig/network
Change the GATEWAY line here if it does not exist in the ifcfg-* file.

Edit /etc/ips
Remove the new primary IP from this file if it is present
Add the old primary IP to this file with the format

 <IP address>:<Net Mask>:<Gateway>

Edit /var/cpanel/mainip
Replace the old primary IP with the new primary IP

Edit /etc/hosts
Replace the old primary IP with the new one if needed. The hostname’s dns will need to be updated too

Restart the network service to make the new IP the primary

# service network restart

Note: You’re probably going to be disconnected at this point, and have to log in to ssh using the new primary ip.

Restart the ipaliases script to bring up the additional IPs

# service ipaliases restart

Run ifconfig and make sure all IPs show up correctly

Update the cpanel license to the new primary IP

Verify you can still log in to WHM and there is no license warning