Two Years

Alot has changed since I last posted here,

Back then I was running the server on a 4 core with 8GB ram, the network relied on a SOHO off the shelf router.

Since then my network has gone threw a number of changes:

The main server was upgraded to a Dual CPU 6 core Xeon with 128 GB ram, I made the switch last year around this time to ZFS as my primary storage file system and wont ever look back at mdadm.

I had went through and made ‘compile cluster’ of three Gen 1 Raspberry pis running Gentoo, these ran relatively well but I never found a use for them outside of running AI battles of freeciv.

The above compile cluster was recently returned from the dead with a new batch of Gen 3 Pis all running 64 bit kernels. Two sit headless on a shelf operating my radius, dns and local ntp services, the third is my current workstation, and their shared portage repo. I also run Gentoo in a vm on the server ready to cross compile as needed.

The SOHO router started to over heat and shutdown, this was in the middle of a week I was working from home, I had just recently gotten the new server online and still had the ‘bones’ of the old one, Since then I have ran a few roll your own router distros:

4 core 8GB:
*pfsense wouldn’t boot
IPFire, longest and most stable for this run ran for more then a year without problems.

I also tested switching From my tried and true KVM to ESX as school would provide it for a year. After a month I changed back, ESX seemed slow on my hardware for all my Linux machines but seemed much more optimized for windows, to bad I don’t run windows.. I did how ever get Mac OSX to install.

Around six months or so ago, my wife’s father happened on a rack system that was getting tossed, the gentleman who ran it passed away and his wife knew nothing about it and just wanted it gone, he asked if I wanted it.

From that I acquired:
42U Rack
Powerconnect 5448 48+4 port switch
Supermicro ‘NAS’ server 4 core Xeon with 8GB ram (Upgraded to 32GB) with 16 2TB drives
i5 with 16GB ram

Dual Core AMD, cant remember the ram as I haven’t used it.

Since then I racked My Dual Xeon and the router, after having issues with the 4 core router, I decided to upgrade to the i5 For a router. as When I went to the ‘roll your own’ I started down the squid(av,cache), snort, etc.. route and it eats alot of ram if you let it.

i5 16GB:
IPfire again long run until a friend at work showed me..
PFsense, would run for a few weeks then suddenly loose wan/route and i couldn’t get it back without re installing this lead to going back to.
IPFire, around this time 114 was out and both the installer and upgrader had issues I decided to check out
OPNsense and have run it ever since.

Everything racked from top down:

Dual Xeon
Supermicro Nas (on the bottom)

Network topology changed aswell, given now with the ‘roll your own’ distros I can have completely separate networks I have and mainly for now kept with the IPFire schema:

LAN, for everything Wired
Wireless, Selfexplanitory
L I have three access points in the house now, the original 1750AC a gifted 1900AC
both running as access points WPA-Enterprise, using the PIs radius for auth, then
an old 600n for legacy WPA2 with a direct line to the internet and nothing else.
Excom, Servers and such

LAN can access anything and any of the three networks, but both Wireless and Excom(unicated) can only talk to the internet and themselves.

For now I will leave this as my update.

Server Migration and Wireless Fun

Having moved, the server and entire infrastructure had to be moved and adapted to the new home.

A day before we officially moved, I shutdown the server and took it to its new home, having internet service setup the week prior I connected the primary router, which had held fast the setting I had set up, connected the server and things worked. I hit the WAN IP, I saw the server, all I needed to do was update DNS and I was golden.

The new house unlike the old seems to have more of an issue with Wifi connectivity as I have a 1750AC router with 12db antennas in the basement with the server same as the old house, on the main floor though now the signal is halved what it used to be.

Nice thing is this house came pre-wired with Ethernet in nearly every room, including what the previous owners turned from a closet into a hide able computer/work desk area, this allowed me to pipe from the basement router to a converted router now access point on the main floor, also supplying a hub from the single wall jack for what ever I want to hard line.

Now I only need to put one on the third floor as it’s the same with the first two, signal on the third is strained at best.

Time will tell how many Access point I end up needing, Its been to cold to try sitting out on the back deck with a PC/Laptop.


Well having alot of free time leads to some interesting¬†debacles.. Like what to do when you have run out of Ideas for servers and Games seem boring, Can’t find anything new to hack/put linux on.. So I’m branching out from my Debian/Ubuntu Box and am playing with Gentoo..

Currently Compiling my First Kernel, though i did it the cheap/cheating easy way.. ‘genkernel all’


I wonder what will come of my boredom


Life Has been interesting.. I Have been Fired for something I didn’t (did?) do, either way as it has been said I worked at a call center and they said I wasn’t answering the calls.. Eh.. I’m looking for better, I’m still in school and actually have a Final Exam tonight..

I Really haven’t been working on any of my projects as of lately… But i have gotten alot farther in Skyrim, I know drowning my self in a Video Game isn’t the way to handle this but its better then Alcohol or anything else,

Well this is my random update, Hey the Forums still back there if you want to hit me up.. heres the direct URL

or you can always Email me at: jacealvejetti at Y!hoo


Maintenance, Random

Taking the site down for the night of the 10th of November, mainly server updates and rest,

Decided to make the third laptop a pentest system with BT5 as its one and only OS

Haven’t gotten around to putting debian on the i7 yet because I’m afraid of what ill lose on my Ubuntu system as I just got the toolchain setup for compiling kernels for my htc evo shift, and it was a pain to do..

See ya around

Ubuntu Is Killing Me

Yes Sadly it is true, Ubuntu Is killing me, What with the Complete Switch to Unity and Gnome 3, Even the Fall back to Gnome 2 It out of whack at least in my eyes, So I’m Going back to there Roots and returning to Debian, First will be in a VM (Virtual Machine) to make sure I can get everything or mostly everything the way want it Productively then should that work out will come the Productive switch Wish me Luck

Other Projects:

Haltop Ubuntu #Uno: This site, Random Downloads of Linux OS’s (Currently Debian, See above), Back up 1 Folding@Home

Halftop Ubuntu #Dos: Internal File Storage, UPNP Server, Back up 2, Guinea Pig for projects Folding@Home

Halftop BLANK #Tres: Nothing on it yet, May become Internal Backtrack target for Pentesting Needs

NSLU2 DEBIAN: Once Held My backups before The Halftop revolution, Torrents(unstable), Small Website (Proof of Concept), OUT OF COMMISSION