It has been a pretty constructive weekend so far, which usually means that I won’t get anything done Sunday.
The main accomplishment was setting up a new Proxmox 3.2 server for my labrack. I am working on a VPN setup between two SRX units and I needed some end point devices. After some thought it occurred to me that the best way to do this was to use desktop VMs on proxmox. This way I could set the proxmox server up on the main network, but connect the other NICs to isolated networks off the SRXs. The desktops can be interacted with on the main network with proxmox’s excellent java console.
That worked pretty well but it did use up my last server so if I have any new project ideas that require hardware I’ll have to build another server. The server I used is from my previous generation of designs and was missing a lot of the features of the current generation that I really enjoy, like solid state drives, hot swap drive bays, fast Xeon E3 processors, etc.. I’m starting to source parts for a new server from ebay, but I am going slow and shooting for good deals for budget reasons.
The new proxmox server is my first one using the new 3.2 version. My two main servers are running 3.1 in a cluster. Proxmox 3.2 is still running the 2.x linux kernel so I will probably wait until a version running 3.x is released before I will upgrade my cluster.
I’ve been having a problem with the blog occasionally going offline. It looks like sql is running out of memory. I’ve been getting a lot of chinese spam recently, so the blog might be getting hit with a heavier load than normal, or it may just be a bug. If it keeps happening I will have to consider paying for more ram, or going back to hosting the site myself.
I started taking the practice exam for the JNCIA certification yesterday but immediately got hit with questions on a couple commands that I wasn’t familiar with. I want to get some practice in with Juniper routing to help me learn, but both of my spare SRXs are tied up in a VPN lab that I am working on. The VPN lab keeps getting more complicated with no end in site. The proxmox server that I was talking about earlier was built for it, and I also ended up setting up a layer 3 switch to simulate the internet between the two endpoints.