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.

Of Pi’s and Play

Hello Once again,

Lately I have been in a sort of Tecno slump, I havent really worked on anything Technological in a while, other than a few side projects with the Raspberry Pis, Of which I now run three, Five if you include my Fathers and Father in-laws, which I don’t as they do the same as number one.

Pi number 1 Is my Main media center PC with RaspBMC, It has been attached to my TV for over three months and only gets worked on when I blow it up, I.E. Over clocking and corrupting the SD card, Trying out and failing to get it to boot over NFS, Trying it randomly on USB.

Pi number 2 Protoboard PI, Havent worked on this one much, Runs one of the Debian Distros available, and has a protoboard attached, nothing built and no components bought besides the board and PI

Pi number 3, Kali Linux, Pentesting from a Pi, albeit slow this is actually pretty cool, Reaver runs decently, not fast by any means but I am looking for improvements, but as a dropbox this is awesome.

Both Fathers Pis are Currently Media Centers as well though My Pops may be re-purposed into a small web server as after the death and rebirth of the server I have not been able to get the three nics to coöperate nicely since..


Love Virtual Machines and Hypervisors


As anyone who checked recently knows I had a HDD failure where My servers Operating system Hard Drive Failed, The Bios would not even recognize the drive being plugged in, So I figured i would be down for a while and set up a small web server in one of my Raspberry Pi’s.

What I did not know was how cheap mechanical Hard drives had become over the last year or so, The boot drive was a 500GB and well within warranty, so I had already planned to send it back to get it repaired/replaced, on a off trip to a local computer store I checked the price for another drive($64 and change) in the mean time and bought it on sight.

Seeing as with most of my recent servers I have switched to running different services in separate VMs I.E.: This Webserver in one, The IRC server in another, etc…

So Once I had the server back up bringing the services up was cake, just load each VM from the most current backup and were back where we were.

Feels good to have a decent back up stratagy.


Virus Scare leads to new Beginnings


Much as the title reads My computer(win 7 boot) started acting strange though no matter how much I scanned it and with(MS Defender Offline, Kaspersky Rescue and Clam AV which ran from my Dualboot of Ubuntu) everything came up clean.

By strange I mean things like device manager erroring out, other random errors that just made it seem like the system was compromised, so I pulled out a Ubuntu boot stick and wiped the drive with ‘shred -z’ which overwrote the drive three times before overwriting it with straight zeros.

After that I decided it was time to learn Windows 8 as I am the go to IT person for my and my wifes family, and staying behind the curve wont do me any good. So I Grabbed my copy of Win 8 and stuck it in, installed it, placed my antivirus, and could not get the system to update for the life of me.

Research, Madness and multiple computer threats later, I happened apon a page from my google search that stated if you have something, In my case my router, filtering active x to turn it off, Windows 8 will not update if you filter Active X, which has always been enabled in my Router and never caused an Issue in Win 7, never the less after disabling it Windows 8 updated and allowed me to install Media center.

That was Just Windows, I plan to install Kali Linux as well and see how it pans out as a daily driver as apposed to my old setup of Win/Ubuntu/BackTrack, If Kali will function as I need it to Ubuntu will go to the way side, With Kali I also plan to look into using an encrypted LVM to store it.

This is all for now,

True Transformer, Computer in Disguise

After Reading up on the latest up comings in the Transformer Infinity (TF700) world I found something new, something beautiful..

Seeing as I have been at work and not keeping up on this I feel so dumb for missing it.

A True Dual boot option for my Tablet, That will not wipe the Internal memory.. Will not Destroy anything, and since I have an unlocked and Androidroot bootloader all else was childs play.

After following this guide and taking about an hour to get the ubuntu partition downloaded, I copied it over, another ten minutes for it to install, gave it fifteen gigabyte for its virtual disk.

I have both Ubuntu and my EXISTING Android installation available on my Tablet either one being selectable at boot time

Ubuntu has full working wifi and touchscreen with onscreen keyboard which is nice when I don’t want to have it docked.

Pictures may follow.

Servers and Primes

Tonight was well spent.

I helped get my Pops HotRod computer back up and running and also now have a working installation of Ubuntu 12.04 on my Asus Transformer Prime. Though not quick its another feather in the cap of “yup put ‘full’ linux on it” as normally I put linux on the game systems..

Well being able to dual boot is nice but I need a bigger and faster micro sd card if I want it truely useable.

Tommorows goals:

Get unity in prime replaced with another Window manager,

Put Ubuntu in Pops Computer

Don’t forget is there for anyone to use, I’m normally sitting in #Island from 10-10 est



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