Sunday Aug 30, 2009

FIOS, DNSmasq and DD-WRT

Moved to the wonderful world of FIOS this week. It is so nice to be speeding along at 25mbs and not have to share the pipe with my neighbors. Not that I am the hater type. But downloading CD's and DVD's for work is so much nicer now. Plus for the next 6 months I am saving like 90 dollars a month. Sweet.

DNSMasq is the best thing since sliced bread for home networks and more. I have been having trouble with my DNS server recently. Every OS upgrade breaks it. Tired of messing with compatibility issues. I started DNSMasq since it was already installed. I now am serving up internal addresses once again.

DD-WRT. Well it has so much promise. During an upgrade of my Linksys WRT310n router I managed to brick it. Do not ask. But their is this proceedure called 30/30/30. Basically hold the reset switch for 30 secs w/power applied. While holding the reset switch. Pull the plug for 30 secs. Then for the final 30 seconds plug the power back in while holding the reset switch. It managed to reset the OS back to a fresh copy. Nice.

Wednesday Mar 04, 2009

Atom powered Sun Ray Server

Some times you do crazy things in life. I had the opportunity to purchase a Intel Atom 330 powered nettop computer for $140.00. Since I already had a spare sata drive and dvd drive the cost was attractive. The box has 2 cores with hyper-threading enabled. It speeds along at 1.6 ghz. Yep it is a barn burner with all fours threads showing up as 4 "cpus".

So now the question was what can this baby do. I have a customer Sun Ray gig next week. So I decided to replicate the install process. Surely not the hardware. So the little atom is running RHEL 5.3, Sun Ray Server 4.1 and the Sun Ray Windows Connector. It is like the Prius of the Sun Ray servers out there. It is handling a couple of desktops. Only using 828 mb of the 2GB of maximum ram the box will take. Yet it is only using 65 watts of power.

To be sure, I will not be transcoding video with this baby. But for a lightweight environment with a handful of users the Atom is doing quite well. Granted the Atom is not going to handle a 700 user call center alone but it makes you think.

Monday May 21, 2007

Webconsole and DSEE

Just did the install of JES on Solaris x86. The online docs miss a step that is important. You should check to make sure the web console is running. You can do this by issuing /usr/sbin/smcwebserver start.

Also make sure your url has https:// not http:// in it. You will prolong the greying of your hair.

Thursday May 17, 2007

Access Manager Policy Agent available for Sun Web Server 7.0

The WS7.0 agent is now available on Sun download site. http://www.sun.com/download/index.jsp?cat=Identity%20Management&tab=3&subcat=Policy%20Agents

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