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I'm slacking behind with keeping this updated!

UPDATES (OP will be updated in the coming days, hopefully):
-I no longer have any C1100's, but instead have a single Dell R610 with 24GB of RAM and dual Xeon L5520s. For drives, I have a 60GB SSD for the boot drive, and a 512GB SSD for VM storage.
-I've added a couple 2TB drives to my NUS01 box, and converted by RAID 5 array to a RAID 6, now with 7 2TB drives.
-I'm replacing my Dell PowerConnect 5448 with a Dell PowerConnect 2824. My expansion into more servers has not happened yet, and probably won't for another several months, so I have no use for a 48 port switch. The 2824 will give me all the ports I need, while cutting back on power usage and noise compared to my 5448. I've got a lead on a 2824 here locally, so hopefully I can grab that soon.
-I recently sold my APC DLA2200RM2U UPS, and have recently purchased a brand new Dell 1920W Tower UPS. It provides the exact same wattage, but I haven't been able to confirm the VA it provides (I assume it's similar to my previous UPS). It's unforunately that it's a tower model instead of rackmount, but I got a heck of a deal -- $98 shipped, brand new never used! It's Dell part number is J716N, but I can't find much info on this specific 1920W model. Dell makes a few other smaller models in this chassis, a 500W, 1000W, and 1500W I do believe, and there is a little bit of info out there on the 500W model. Mine should arrive on Wednesday, at which point I can share some photos and specs. It's got a nice LCD screen, and should be a great upgrade from what I had. I suspect I will eventually grab another one of these once I get more equipment.
-Added a AOpen DE5100 mini-PC (Core i3-2370M, 16GB RAM, 128GB SSD) to my network, currently running CentOS 7 with Gnome 3 installed (VNC/SSH accessible), which I am using to play around with OpenStack. This could potentially lead to a huge change of my infrastructure, as I would like to either implement OpenStack on Hyper-V, or switch to KVM or ESX and use OpenStack. Having a web based config to view/manage resources and deploy VM templates would be great, but I have yet to really figure out how I'm going to do it.

I guess that's really all of my updates. I want to add some equipment, but it's hard to justify it when I don't really need it right now. Plus I've been building out a new firearm (USPSA competition pistol) which has consumed most of my spare cash, and I'm looking to move across the state in the next 3-6 months and hopefully build a house in the next 6-18 months. Building a house is when I will have a dedicated server room with a rack, all my equipment properly racked, and home networked. I will have a dedicated office away from my equipment, which will be nice too. Super excited for that day to come, but it looks to be a while away.

Anyway, just thought I'd share!
post #42 of 49
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More updates...

Bought about 25 new Cat6 cables (from Monoprice), some in 1FT and some in 2FT lengths to replace my Cat5e that I find questionable (I currently have 4 NICs on my storage box in a Server 2012R2 LAG group, but one of the NICs negotiated to 100MBps, which brought the whole LAG group to 100MBps, and the cable was to blame).
Cables were delivered today, along with my new UPS!

I also ordered a new Dell PowerConnect 2824 switch, which was shipped out today and should be delivered on Friday. $85, shipped, brand new in sealed box! Definitely a steal.

I've also decided that I am going to use my AOpen DE5100 as an OpenStack Computer node, to familiarize myself with OpenStack since I'm teetering with the idea of migrating my entire infrastructure to OpenStack, and using Intel Atom C2758 based CPUs for low-powered Compute nodes. Going to install CentOS 6.5 on the DE5100 this evening and give things a try!
post #43 of 49
Great read! Lots of takeaway knowledge I got from this.

I may pm you soon about some HIPAA advice on encrypting certain drives at rest, an issue I'm trying to resolve at work now
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post #44 of 49
good read. abit overkill for home, but i can see where you are coming from smile.gif
post #45 of 49
Really digging your setup. A lot of it is easy over my head, but then again I'm just now planning my home server. So still learning. I was wondering... Is there a way to turn your server into the gateway/route, rather than by one?
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Originally Posted by CapnTack View Post

Really digging your setup. A lot of it is easy over my head, but then again I'm just now planning my home server. So still learning. I was wondering... Is there a way to turn your server into the gateway/route, rather than by one?

Sure. You can run something like pfSense, IPFire, or Untangle which can provide firewall, dns, dhcp, and routing functionality (plus more), but I prefer having a simple small dedicated device (Ubiquiti EdgeRouter Lite), which retails for $99, which is less than what a dedicated PC would cost. Running a gateway device in a VM also can be done, but with a clustered hypervisor setup, things get more complicated (namely the physical networking).
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In other words, likely to much trouble for what it's worth. It's they're any benefit for doing it on a vm/pc over a dedicated device?
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...... but I prefer having a simple small dedicated device (Ubiquiti EdgeRouter Lite), which retails for $99, which is less than what a dedicated PC would cost....

I totally agree with you and I think you are the best person in answering the question below:-

Q1) In ER Lite (3 port), are eth0, eth1, eth2 seperate "router" or "switch" port? (Because in ER PoE eth0, eth1 are seperate "router" port, where eth2, eth3, eth4 are "switch" port)
Q2) In ER Lite (3 port), can eth1 and eth2 join/aggregate together? And provide VLAN(s) and DHCP server? (As shown in "Setup 1" diagram
Q3) Or should I buy ER PoE (5 port) plus 1 switch? (As shown in "Setup 2" diagram)
Q4) Can both "Setup 1" and "Setup 2" be done on the web/gui console? (no need to type any command in CLI)
Q5) Will"Setup 1" and "Setup 2"give me the same performance?

*note that P1, P2 are in one location and R1, R2 are in another physical location

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I totally agree with you and I think you are the best person in answering the question below:-

Q1) In ER Lite (3 port), are eth0, eth1, eth2 seperate "router" or "switch" port? (Because in ER PoE eth0, eth1 are seperate "router" port, where eth2, eth3, eth4 are "switch" port)
Q2) In ER Lite (3 port), can eth1 and eth2 join/aggregate together? And provide VLAN(s) and DHCP server? (As shown in "Setup 1" diagram
Q3) Or should I buy ER PoE (5 port) plus 1 switch? (As shown in "Setup 2" diagram)
Q4) Can both "Setup 1" and "Setup 2" be done on the web/gui console? (no need to type any command in CLI)
Q5) Will"Setup 1" and "Setup 2"give me the same performance?

*note that P1, P2 are in one location and R1, R2 are in another physical location


1) In the EdgeRouter Lite model, the three ports are "router" ports. They do not function as switch ports.
2) So the ERL can run DHCP, but I do not think it would be a correct configuration to have both ports on the same VLAN. I know you can configure multiple NIC's on the same VLAN, though, so I'm not quite sure how that would work.
3) I believe the PoE model has some sort of switching functionality built-in, but I'm not familiar with it's configuration or configuration abilities.
4) The Web UI is limited, compared to the CLI. Underneath the device, they are actually running an OS called Vayetta. I know you can configure routes, VLANs, DHCP, Interfaces, Firewall rules, NAT rules, PPTP VPN, and DNS from the WebUI. Everything else (I believe) is from the CLI.
5) I have no clue.

I'm not 100% clear on what you are trying to achieve here. I'm not a networking expert by any means, but if you have R1 and R2 on the same VLAN's, why not put a switch in between R1/R2 and the ERL? If you're looking for high availability, then the ERL may not be the right device to look at.

For what it's worth, the ERL cost about $99. The ER PoE is about $175. The 8-port Edge Router is about $250. If this is for any business setup, I would likely recommend you take a look at the 8-port model, since you will have more ports for advanced configurations. If I ever replace my ERL, it will be with the 8-port EdgeRouter. My main reasons would be to have 2 ISP's in WAN load-balancing, internal LAN/WLAN, VLAN tagged guest WLAN, and DMZ. I could do that on the ER PoE, but I like the rack mountability of the 8-port EdgeRouter.

I would highly recommend that you hit up the Ubiquiti Community Forums, in the EdgeMAX section. Ask those same questions for the best possible answer.
https://community.ubnt.com/t5/EdgeMAX/bd-p/EdgeMAX
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