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Mfawa Alfred Onen

I am a System Administrator and I work at Bingham University.

All Hail the new RadiusDesk

Written by Mfawa Alfred Onen on . Posted in Linux, Networking

Not so long ago, I posted a video of a powerful FreeRADIUS front end called YFi Hotspot Manager created by Dirk van der Walt. I am here with yet another announcement of a new project that Dirk is working on and it is called RadiusDesk. This is a modern webtop for FreeRADIUS using the latest technologies like REST APIs, ExtJs Javascript Library, CakePHP PHP framework and so on. The project is still pre-alpha and it is in active development (as seen in the SVN trunk) but because I always like to play with bleeding edge technologies, I have decided to post another video on how to setup RadiusDesk on CentOS 6 which should be the same with RHEL 6 and similar distros.

The links used in the Video can be found below so feel free to drop any comment and if you need help, I will be glad to assist.

RadiusDesk Source



YFi Hotspot Manager Setup on CentOS 6

Written by Mfawa Alfred Onen on . Posted in Linux, Projects

I will like to start by thanking Dirk van der Walt for his genius piece of software called YFi Hotspot Manager. Having experimented with a lot of FreeRADIUS front end software like DaloRadius, EasyHotspot, phpMyPrepaid back in 2008, I stumbled across YFi Hotspot Manager, Modern Ajax web front-end for FreeRADIUS 2.x which
supports vouchers management, permanent users, postpaid and prepaid billing, Multi language support, statistics etc. It works seamlessly with the following captive portal software; CoovaChilli and Mikrotik and runs on Ubuntu and CentOS.

I wrote a guide on how to set up YFi Hotspot Manger running on RHEL/CentOS 5.x and has gotten some good reviews and Dirk van der Walt was also kind enough to include it on the project wiki page. This video series is a followup of the guide and we will set things up using the latest releases of CentOS 6, YFi Hotspot Manager (Latest SVN – Beta 6), FreeRADIUS 2.2, CakePHP (1.2.x for compatibility reasons), PPTPD 1.3.4.

Requirements for watching the videos:

  • Patience
  • Guts
  • Bowl of Coffee
  • and Patience



After watching the videos and hopefully everything working for you, please drop me a line in the comments field so that I have an idea if the videos helped you or not.

My Newest Wall Paper

Written by Mfawa Alfred Onen on . Posted in Miscellaneous

I was just inspired by the article on Nettuts that I fired up Photoshop and cooked up this Desktop Wallpaper. I hope you like the geeky concept. You are free to download and use at will if you want and let me know what you think about too.

TDD Wall Papper


NOTE: To download, Click on the Image and save to your PC/MAC!

Displaying WampServer 2 Tray Icon in Windows 8 on Boot

Written by Mfawa Alfred Onen on . Posted in Miscellaneous

Windows Operating System

Last year I blogged about how to display the WAMP Server 2 tray icon in windows 7 found here and it worked as expected until Windows 8 came around and changed the underlying structure like no more start button (peal) and everything has been designed for tablets and PCs. You will have to locate the “startup” folder in Windows 8 which is located in C:\Users\<User Account Name>\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup or you can simply press “Win + R” and type “%AppData%” to bring up the Roaming profile for your user account. When using the second option, you will have to navigate to Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup. Now follow the steps like stated in the previous blog post (Windows 7) to create the .bat file. I.E

Create a new file, call it “wamp.bat” (You can name it anything you want as long as you include the .bat) and put the following without the quotes (“start C:\wamp\wampmanager.exe“).

As usual, hope this helps those of you who like me will prefer to control WAMP using the tray icon. Let us have your comments and suggestions below. Cheers!

Load Balancing Apache Web Server on CentOS 5.6

Written by Mfawa Alfred Onen on . Posted in Linux, Miscellaneous

I was asked by a friend of mine who goes by the name Alhamd Umaru Bello to setup a Load Balancer on Linux and I decided to use CentOS 5.6 (My Distro of choice for Server Administration…no pun intended!) to configure a two node cluster Load Balancer running the apache webserver. Check out the video and let me have your comments and suggestions on how to do it better. Cheers!