Restore Odoo database with this script

May 19, 2020

Odoo’s database manager provides an simple interface to backup and restore an Odoo database (aka tenant). This interface can be used to run scripted restores. In the same manner as the Odoo backup script I’ve created a restore script.

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Bulk download papers from scihub for text mining

May 7, 2020

Last evening I wanted to play some games with my brother. Instead we ended up writing a simple script to bulk download papers from scihub. He studies bioinformatics and is currently doing some meta research in his field. By crawling a publication database by specific keywords he got list of papers which need to be analyzed. However, most of the paper are hidden behind pay walls. Luckily there’s scihub. The most hated and beloved platform to get your hands on almost any scientific paper. He asked me wether I could help him building script that downloads papers from scihub based on a list of dois.

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Use software effectively

May 1, 2020

Increasing productivity is the main goal when introducing new business software. There is always a process or workflow at an organization that can be improved with the help of a software. When it comes to making decisions on how to introduce an existing software you can go in two directions. Adapt the software to suit your existing process or educate employees in adapting processes to the idea of the software.

In this short post, we will explore the two ways and see which questions must be answered.

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Role based access control for multiple Keycloak clients

April 30, 2020

Role based access control (RBAC) is a common feature in identity and access management (IAM) systems. Granting access to applications by assigning roles to a selection of users is the proper way to manage access permissions.

In this guide I will show you how this can be implemented with Keycloak. We will create a authentication flow that checks if a user is eligible to access the client. This authentication flow can be applied to any Keycloak client.

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Odoo OAuth authentication with Keycloak

April 24, 2020

Introduction

OAuth is an authorization framework that enables applications to obtain limited access to user accounts on an HTTP service. It works by delegating user authentication to the service that hosts the user account, and authorizing third-party applications to access the user account.

In our scenario Keycloak acts as the OAuth service and Odoo as the application that delegates the user authentication. In this guide you learn how to configure Odoo and Keycloak to handle an implicit OAuth flow.

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Configure SAML Authentication for Nextcloud with Keycloack

April 21, 2020

Introduction

The complex problems of identity and access management (IAM) have challenged big companies and in result we got powerful protocols, technologies and concepts such as SAML, oAuth, Keycloack, tokens and much more.

The goal of IAM is simple. Centralize all identities, policies and get rid of application identity stores. Not only is more secure to manage logins in one place, but you can also offer a better user experience. As the title says we want to connect our centralized identity management software Keycloack with our application Nextcloud.

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Github Action for validating markdown links

April 7, 2020

GitHub Action are free computing resources to run CI/CD jobs that build, lint, test or deploy a software project. On the Awesome PowerShell I asked contributors to submit a PR for a quality check job. Not much later Frederik Hjorslev submitted a nice solution.

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Automate Odoo backups with this script

April 2, 2020

Odoo’s database manager provides an simple interface to backup an odoo database (tenant). This interface can be used to run automated backups. I have created a script to easily request odoo backup archives. The script works like every other command line tool.

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Backup Docker volumes with Ansible and restic

March 16, 2020

In a new assignment I’m in charge of the infrastructure for a new startup. I was given a blank canvas and decided to use Ansible and Docker from the start. Therefore I’ve setup an Ansible project containing various roles and deployment scenarios. Have a look here for details: https://github.com/Mint-System/Ansible-Playbooks. To put it simply, this project deploys open source web application as Docker containers on a target system. Currently, I am adding new features and polishing existing ones. An important role that is still missing is the backup. Having a robust and reliable backup and recovery system is key. While developing the backup system I had a few key points in mind:

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Nginx WAF with ModSecurity and OWASP CRS

February 26, 2020

This tutorial explains how to enable and test the Open Web Application Security Project Core Rule Set (OWASP CRS) for use with the Nginx and ModSecurity. We are going to setup a Docker Compose project and deploy a ModSecurity enabled Nginx container with the CRS. Everything will be done using Open Source tools only.

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