Monthly Archives: March 2021

Steps for Setting up Rancid + CentOS + Git

Setting up Rancid so that it pushes config up into a Git repository. This way you have Rancid getting the config when it changes, and Git storing a history of those changes.

Install CentOS & update

# install pre-requisites
sudo yum install wget gcc perl tcl expect
#setup needed groups and users
sudo groupadd netadm
sudo useradd -g netadm -c "Networking Backups" -d /home/rancid rancid

#working directory to store source
sudo mkdir /home/rancid/tar

#download source and extract
sudo su
cd /home/rancid/tar
tar -zxvf rancid-3.9.tar.gz

# configure/make and install
cd ./rancid-3.9
./configure --prefix=/usr/local/rancid
make install

# copy template config and set file permissions
chmod 0640 /home/rancid/.cloginrc
chown -R rancid:netadm /home/rancid/.cloginrc
chown -R rancid:netadm /usr/local/rancid/
chmod 775 /usr/local/rancid/

Configure Git

  1. yum install git
  2. Modify /usr/local/rancid/etc/rancid.conf
  3. Change RCSSYS=git
  4. Save and close
  5. Switch to rancid user su - rancid
  6. Create SSH key ssh-keygen -o -t rsa -b 4096 -C ""
  7. Copy the key to insert into github/gitlab `vim ~/.ssh/`
  8. Setup Defaults
    1. git config --global "Rancid" git config --global ""
  9. Configure Rancid Groups
  10. Build initial group folders `​/usr/local/rancid/bin/rancid-cvs`
  11. Go to the device group folder cd /usr/local/rancid/var
  12. For each Device group
  13. cd {device group} git remote rename origin old-origin git remote add origin git@{git server}:{repo}/{git project}.git git push -u origin --all
  14. Setup hook to push to the git server. In each device group
    1. Open the  post-commit hoof file
vim .git/hooks/post-commit
# push the local repo to the remote server on commit
git push origin

Finding who is using a Windows Share in PowerShell

You can find the users and computers connected to a share pretty easily in powershell.

$share_name = "*"
$shares = Get-WmiObject Win32_ServerConnection 
$shares = $shares | Where-Object {$_.ShareName -like $share_name} | `
                    Select-Object ShareName, UserName, `
$shares | Group-Object -Property ShareName | ` 
          Select Name, `
                 @{n="Computers";e={$_.Group | Select -ExpandProperty Computer | Get-Unique}},`
                 @{n="Users";e={$_.Group | Select -ExpandProperty UserName | Get-Unique}},`

$share_name is a filter to narrow down the shares you are checking. Other than that it gets all the share connections then groups them by share. It shows unique users and computers connected to each share.