Core Network Upgrade: Completed – Almost

Well, I’m just about finished my core network upgrade that I started, really, last winter. Here’s what has transpired since Christmas (links to posts, etc. in line):

  • Santa bought me a TP-Link TL-SG1024DE. It gave me the VLANs I was looking for but it didn’t give me everything I was looking for but it worked for now.
  • The old SonicWall TZ205W was getting a little long in the tooth and I replaced it with a pfSense box.
  • The Netgear/D-Link access points being manually configured bugged me so I bought a Ubiquiti  UniFi AC AP Lite.
  • Since the TP-Link switch wasn’t doing it for me and I liked the Ubiquiti gear so much I replaced it with a  Ubiquiti Switch 24.
  • I hated the wire rack I was using for the network and server gear so I replaced it with a homemade one.
  • Three NASes were too much even for a geek like me and they needed an upgrade. So three of the NASes, one with an external hardware eSATA disk enclosure, were replaced with a Supermicro Server with FreeNAS.

So, what’s next? There are three empty drive bays in the FreeNAS box. I will eventually be setting up a RAIDZ pool for my ESXi NFS shares. And, of course, there are the two Quanta S98J QSSC 1U rackmount server cases. I need another HBA, external cables, and drives to make them useful.

About Mike Pelley

Let’s see… A little about me… I’ve been around information technology since 1983 with computers such as DEC Rainbows (weird machine – the standard DOS couldn’t format its own floppy disks – remember them? – and I had to format them on a friend’s IBM PC) to Radio Shack TRS-80 to Apple ][e and Apple //c in the beginning. I have programmed in 8-bit assembly language on 6502, FORTRAN and COBOL on IBM System/370 (and I still hate JCL), VAX BASIC and COBOL (and a weird and massive WordPerfect 4.0 macro) on DEC VMS (Alpha), C/C++ on Digital Unix (ALPHA), and C/C++, Perl (it may be powerful but I still hate it), PHP on Linux (Red Hat, Centos, Ubuntu, etc.). I have work with databases such as Digital RDB (later to become Oracle RDB), Oracle DBMS, Microsoft SQL Server, MySQL and PostgreSQL on VAX, Alpha, Sun and Intel. Check out my professional profile and connect with me on LinkedIn. See I still think that Digital created some of the best ideas in the world: VAX clustering, DSSI disks (forerunner to SCSI) and the Alpha processor (first commercial 64-bit processor – Red Hat screamed on an Alpha!). DEC just could not seem to be able to give air conditioners away to someone lost in the Sahara Desert! VMware is one of the best ways to get the most out of an x64 server. And I have tried Oracle VM, Virtual Box and Microsoft Virtual Server. Outside of that I am a huge military history buff starting in the early 20th century. I love Ford Mustangs (my ’87 Mustang GT was awesome) and if I had the money I would have a Porsche 928S4. If I had a lot of money I would have a Porsche 911 Turbo. I also play too much AmrA 3 Exile mod. Over 5,000+ hours... I have a wonderful son, Cameron. I have a long suffering (Do you really need all that computer junk?) wife, Paula. I live in Paradise, Newfoundland and Labrador.
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