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post #241 of 262
ROFL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

as bad as i hate it..... that scheme is genious.... "you're using **nix and you don't even know it" lol...



Ever get your raise tal??
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post #242 of 262
Oh that's awesome

Grats dude!

~Gooda~
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ver. 2

im helping eric move into a new building here a pic of a switch we did
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^ revive much. but looks good
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Holy moly that is a lot of information, good job dude. and seeing as its progressing, your upgrading to fiber?!!?!?
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This thread is still full of WIN, even more then three years later!

its also one of the first threads i read when first joining!
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So, I figured I'd give you guys an update of the last 3 years... I'll keep it moderately short, but feel free to ask questions.

How the original network ended up working, was this:

2 Physical Dell Poweredge 2950 Servers (2 x Xeon, 16gb ram, 4x300gb 15k HDD)
One called Eclipse, One called Talon

I installed Ubuntu 64bit on each of them, then the Xen Hypervisor to virtualize guests on there.

I created these guests:

Guests with (1) at the end, are primary hosts, guests with (2) at the end are clones, in High Availability configuration (if 1 goes down, 2 jumps into action)

Eclipse
  • db1 (MySQL and Postrgres Database)
  • fs2 (Fileserver 2 - actively stays in sync with FS1 via DRBD (think Raid-1 over ethernet))
  • ldap2 (Lightweight directory access protocol - Linux equivelant to Active Directory)
  • mail2 (Exim Mail Server)
  • mon1 (Monitor the systems status, report errors)
  • ns1 (Name Server)
  • www1 (Web Server)
Talon
  • db2 (MySQL and Postrgres Database)
  • fs1 (Fileserver 1 - actively stays in sync with FS2 via DRBD (think Raid-1 over ethernet))
  • ldap1 (Lightweight directory access protocol - Linux equivelant to Active Directory)
  • ltsp1 (Linux Terminal Server Project - services the Thin Clients)
  • mail1 (Mail Server)
  • ns2 (Name Server)
  • pbx2 (Asterisk PBX Phone System, highly customized.. supports MANY cool things)
  • www2 (Web Server)
The system is HIGHLY reliable, and when it detects an error, it self heals. I have learned a TON about this system, and how to maintain it so it doesn't break.

I made a deal with the call center owner that if it doesn't break, I just collect a paycheck and don't come to work, and that is exactly what I do.

Now, with this new build, I am changing all the things I learned from the first call center. I am perfecting the design, and making it even better and more reliable. I'm really excited for it.
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Another thing to note, is that when I started this thread, I was barely making $20,000/year. I was scraping to get by. Now I have so many job offers it isn't even funny, and I am making a 70k/year salary in this economy.

I still have no college
I still have no formal schooling
I still have no degrees
I still have no certifications

The reason for me saying this isn't to brag so much as it is to encourage anyone reading this thread... if you have the chance to take the plunge and do something different and out of your comfort zone, and be able to work at something until it is right, and perfect... DO IT. It will pay off.
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post #250 of 262
Wow. Just finished reading the entire thread. Glad you posted again, otherwise I wouldn't of seen this.

How did you begin learning about networking with a little more detail than trial and error if you don't mind me asking? I haven't even tried out Linux besides loading up a flash drive with it and messing around for a couple minutes in an older Ubuntu distro.

That must be pretty satisfying to see your network design mature and become something to be very proud of.

Also, so essentially you get paid 70k/y without even putting in much time? Now that was clearly a worthy investment to stick it out. Amazing story.

Edit: Can you go into more detail of what went on in the business-politics end for the hiatus this thread wasn't updated?

Kudos on making it big time.

PS: It's kind of funny watching your diagram skills improve dramatically over time.
Edited by Madman340 - 9/19/11 at 6:23pm
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