String Overrides is a phenomenally versatile module that will make your life MUCH easier if you are administering a Drupal website. The basic premise is this…

There is a “string” of text on my website that I need to replace with something else. I have used it a few places, here is a particular use-case:
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The company I work for operates an internal drupal websites that I built. Everyone authenticates using their Microsoft Active Directory user accounts. That means that Microsoft Active Directory handles their passwords and email addresses and a host of other things that Drupal would normally handle if we were just authenticating against the database. Therefore one item that I no longer want to display (as it has led to end user confusion…) is the “Request New Password” tab that appears on the user login page.
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Thought I would post this one quickly…

Having trouble getting OpenVPN to start/work for you and you are seeing this error in your logs?

“TCP/UDP: Socket bind failed on local address”

The resolution is pretty simple. Try changing the port you have assigned to openVPN in your config file and restarting the service. Most likely you have bound it to a port already being used by another service. I ran into this problem because I tried to use port 443. I wasn’t running an SSL/HTTPS website on my server but what I had forgotten that I was running SSH through 443 temporarily.

It is generally good practice to use a port above 1000 for odd services if you aren’t using the default port for said service. I run into this a lot as I don’t like to use common ports as they tend to get targeted more often and hammered by bots/evil people trying to break in…

Anyhow, hope this helps!

I am attempting to integrate SSO (Single Sign On) with Facebook for one of my Drupal sites. (www.rockchipfirmware.com). After a bit of research and digging through modules I decided to give the “Drupal for Facebook” module a go. Talk about a PAIN IN THE AR$E…

I should have suspected when the description of the module was a page long and there are two different version of the module that require further description for each. A feature list showing what differed between the two module would have been nice… Nope…
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I thought I would put this together quickly because in typical Linux fashion something that should be straightforward isn’t… Node.js – I am still not sure what it is :), however I am in the process of setting up drupalchat on one of my sites and when I tried using it with the AJAX option, which worked well for a couple of users, it made the site run extremely slowly. The server has plenty of grunt… dedicated Ubuntu 13 VM running 3 cores and 2 GB of RAM and this particular site was the only thing running on it. Furthermore, the MySQL database server was/is on a separate dedicated VM… so there is no way it was a lack of firepower. DrupalChat running with AJAX was causing problems. I am going to launch a fuller tutorial on getting drupal chat setup but I figured I would do the node.js thing here and now….
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