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Disaster Planning & Overnight FedEx Added To Our Off-Site Backup Service

Thursday, February 9, 2017

A-Team Systems is excited to announce two excellent improvements to our off-site backup service! Not only does our service outperform Amazon S3 by over 4x, we now offer more than just backup storage and operations. These additions advance our off-site backup service into a full fledged disaster recovery system. Disaster Planning We now include full… Read more »

FreeBSD 11.0 Deployment Soon!

Thursday, November 17, 2016

FreeBSD 11 was formally released last month and we’re very excited to start rolling it out to our clients in the coming weeks. FreeBSD 11.0 brings a host of new features and improvements including: Improved BHyve: BHyve is FreeBSD’s type-2 native hypervisor which boots virtually any FreeBSD and Linux version and now includes a native… Read more »

Continuous Port Scanning and Mail Real-time Blackhole List Monitoring

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

A-Team Systems proudly announces another addition to its maintenance and monitoring plans: continuously scanning all of our client’s public-facing infrastructure for open network ports as well as being listed on mail RBLs (real-time blackhole lists). Server Scanning One off port scanning when a system is put into place is normal practice for systems and network… Read more »

Systems Administration Retainers

Thursday, March 10, 2016

A-Team Systems has formally rolled out monthly retainer plans which represent a significant discount over our standard hourly pricing for clients who are regularly expanding and adding new projects to their infrastructure. These plans compliment our existing monthly maintenance and monitoring plans giving you complete predictability and cost management. Retainer hours can be allocated to… Read more »

Certificate Transparency Monitoring

Thursday, November 5, 2015

A-Team has rolled out another improvement to our monitoring service: Certificate Transparency (CT) monitoring. In short we now use the CT system to continuously watch for certificate authorities issuing certificates against domains we monitor for our clients. When we see a certificate being issued we ensure that it was done so with proper authorization from… Read more »

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Monday, December 19, 2016


SOLVED: Virtualenv RuntimeError: Package ‘sqlite’ must not be downloaded from pypi

While working with Python Virtualenvs / Virtual Environments we ran into a package that simply refused to install into it: sqlite: (venv) [siteowner@server /share/sites/www.sitename.com]$ pip install sqlite Collecting sqlite Using cached sqlite-99.0.tar.gz Complete output from command python setup.py egg_info: Traceback (most recent call last): File “”, line 1, in File “/tmp/pip-build-USy81K/sqlite/setup.py”, line 2, in raise… Read more »

Thursday, October 27, 2016


HOWTO: Windows 10 Under Bhyve /w FreeBSD 11

With FreeBSD 11 comes a new version of Bhyve with a feature that makes installing Windows 10 a snap: a VNC accessible framebuffer driver! This lets any GUI OS, such as Windows, boot into graphics mode on the console. Previously getting Windows working was possible but required a lot of effort to create a custom… Read more »

Friday, August 19, 2016


SOLVED: FreeBSD + pip + virtualenv = file not found

We love python virtual environments, but under FreeBSD we occasionally see issues where pip is not correctly using the /usr/local/include and /usr/local/lib paths to compile installable modules. The Problem This can produce errors such as the below, which we saw when doing a ‘pip install pycrypto’ operation: src/_fastmath.c:36:11: fatal error: ‘gmp.h’ file not found Even… Read more »

Friday, July 22, 2016


NginX “service nginx upgrade” / kill SIGUSR2 results in shutdown() failed (54: Connection reset by peer)

Huge thanks to Ganbold Tsagaankhuu who finally got to the bottom of this issue. NginX is a great web server, and is built from the ground up for high volume, zero down time environments. One of the most basic features of such a service is the ability to restart completely (not just child processes, which… Read more »

Friday, May 6, 2016


ZTE Falcon Z-917 via USB with pfSense and FreeBSD

One of the things on our list has been to setup a proper dedicated cellular backup system setup here at the office. This was harder than it seemed due to the fact that T-Mobile here uses the 700 Mhz band for LTE. This is really an odd frequency and 700 Mhz is not supported by… Read more »

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