27 Mar 11 Installing IPPLAN

I spent lot of time installing IPPLAN – IP Address Management system, there was lot of Google searching involved, reading forums, lot of trial and errors so I decided to write notes about my installation so hopefully next time I need to do something I can just look at it at one location and perhaps this may help other users too.

First part was to choose which Operating System I am going to use to install IPPLAN. My personal two favorites are Ubuntu or Debian. So I ended up using Debian as Ubuntu is based on Debian, I just wanted to go with the original. I setup SSH access on the Debian so that I can just work from there.

After installing Debian and running all the updates on it next step was to download and install IPPLAN. IPPlan can easily be downloaded from Source Forge.

Prerequisites for installing IPPlan – IP Address Management Software (IPAM)

These are some of the things you want to install before you download and start installing IPPlan

  • Apache2
  • MySQL Server
  • PHP 5 and PHP 5 MySQL

Steps for installing, configuring IPPLAN

  • I created a folder on the desktop and called it sftw by using mkdir sftw
  • Next I changed my directory to that sftw directory and used the wget command to download it within that directory.
  • Now you have to unzip the file by using the unzip command.
  • Once that is completed what I did was renamed the ipplan directory, mv ipplan-4.92.a ipplan and then moved it under the /var/www by using mv ipplan /var/www/.
  • Next step is to create the mysql database for IPPlan. Use the following steps to create the database structure for IPPlan:
    1. “mysqladmin -u root -p create ipplan (This will use the root user to create the ipplan database – Of course you will have to type in the root password after you hit enter)
    2. “mysql -u root -p ipadmin” (This will create a user called “ipadmin”)
    3. “mysql grant all privileges on ipplan.* to ipadmin@localhost identified by ‘passwordforipplan’;” (This will give all the permissions to “ipadmin” user for the “ipplan” database. “passwordforipplan” will be the database password that you will define again later in the config.php file.)
    4. “mysqladmin flush-privileges” (This will reload the sql database)
    5. Now change directory to ipplan directory cd /var/www/ipplan if you are not already in it.
    6. Now you can use either vim or nano to edit the config.php file to update the entries for the database I like to use nano so nano config.php
    7. Scroll down to the following lines and enter the information accordingly, password you use here is the password to connect to the database that you defined above in Step 3
    8. Once you have this information filled out, there is one more step, which is defining the password for the “admin user” for IPPlan.
    9. Scroll down to the following lines and edit the password field, you can also edit the Administrator name in there if you like:
    10. Once these two steps are done save the file and close it.
    11. “chown -R www-data /var/www/ipplan” and “chmod 750 www-data /var/www/ipplan” (This will give the apache user permissions to the ipplan directory)
    12. Now you are set for the final install steps. Point your browser to http://localhost/ipplan/admin/install.php.
    13. On the page you will two option in the first option choose New Installation and the second option Run the sql now. Hit the “Go” button and you are done as long as you do not see any errors on the page
    14. Note: These instructions are mainly from how I did the install and from my personal notes. If you want to use them use them at your own risk, if you mess up something that is your responsibility. I suggest using a non production system first and test out everything that is what I did rest is your choice

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03 Mar 11 IP Address Management Software

So it has been a while since I wrote something here because of my move to Nashville, TN, new job which by the way I am absolutely loving. My boss gave me a
few projects to work on and one of them was to find a solution to better manage the IP Addresses across our network, (IPAM – IP Address Management)

After looking at multiple IP Address Management Software Solutions we decided to evaluate Solar Winds’ IPAM and an open source solution called IPPlan.

Solarwinds IP Address Management:

Solarwinds is a pretty cool company that offers some free and some paid software versions for IP Professionals. I downloaded their IP Address Management Software and installed it on one of our test servers. Had to install their base software which was a pretty big download and then the IP Address Management module. Installation was easy and very straight forward no issues there. Guest OS was Windows 2003 Server. After the install it had a pretty nice dashboard and had search capabilities. Software allowed me to manually add networks and devices as well as use SNMP to pull the settings from the network devices. Next thing I wanted to find out was the price, well for unlimited IP’s price tag was a little over $15000. It is a good software however certainly not worth that much in my personal opinion. So next I decided to install and try out IPPlan.

IP Plan – IP Address Management Software

Free, easy to install, fast interface. Even though this software didn’t have the fancy, pretty dash board but it was perfect for what we were trying to do. I was able to add customer sites to the database and was able to search them by name and accounts. It also offers you the option to import the subnets using XML files or from the routing tables.

Customizing the software is possible however requires in depth knowledge of php and mysql. Which is something I’m working on to customize the input fields, integration with Active Directory is something else I’d love to see in it. In the end I’d just like to say if you have the budget and want to shell out 15K plus more power to you, but if your IT Budget is not much you should check out IP Plan it is an excellent Open Source IP Address Management software.

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19 Jun 10 CWNA Official Study guide – Chapter 1

So the studying begins, its slow but still going. Work has been very busy and by the time I come home my mind is exhausted. Check out some notes that I have on my cubicle wall that I look at all day long to understand and memorize the Wi-Fi terminology.

I was pretty impressed reading the first chapter of the CWNA official study guide. It was well written and I learnt some new things just from the first chapter so far. I’m pretty excited to read and finish rest of the book and take the certification.

Amplitude (Height, Force, Power of the wave), Wave Length (Distance between two points on two waves), Frequency (Number of waves per second), Phase (Two waves starting at two different times). Nice explanations on these topics.

Also FSK (Frequency Shift Keying – Current State), ASK (Amplitude Shift Keying – Current State), PSK (Phase Shift Keying – State Transition) was a good read. And I found out something new Voice Personal – Residential and SMB’s I didn’t know about that term.

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09 Jun 10 Finally the book arrives

So finally my CWNA study guide is here and it came with a dictionary of Wireless Terms and Acronyms. Pretty sweet. Book is published by Sybex and written by David D. Coleman, CWNE #4 AND David A. Westcott, CWNE #7. It has a total of 709 pages and looks like there is a pdf version of this book at the end.

Can’t wait to start reading it 🙂

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09 Jun 10 CWNA Certification Study

I am so excited that I finally was able to order the CWNA Study Guide along with the CWNA Test Vouchers and practice tests, video. Cost me $184 and some change but absolutely worth the price once I pass it. Great certification to have if you are interested in wireless as it is a vendor neutral cert.

So lets see where my kit is according to FedEx:

So looks like another day and I should have this book in my hands and then time for me to surround myself with WiFi Material, check back for updated pics ;).

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