Hi Minions, Slagathor!
Finished all my coursework a couple of weeks ago, and have my last exam tomorrow, then starts the fun task of looking for a place to live next year!
In techie news, spent a night re-doing all my routing, IPtables rules, and IP rules to give a more uniform way of port forwarding from my internet IP (behind university’s nat.. crazy crazy tunneling) and servers on my local subnet.
It works pretty much the same, only destination NAT for my IP is now done at my end of the tunnel, instead of my external server. (makes things much more sensible in terms of routing etc, and also allows me to change dedicated hosting providers without much trouble)
I have also got around to setting up my scalix mail server (for anyone that hasnt heard of it, the best way to describe it is a exchange alternative for outlook, and its damn good! The AJAX interface works on both IE and firefox (unlike exchange)
feel free to email me on it at matt.johnson -AT – ra.matt-j.co.uk
another thing i should mention is that the scalix server (centOS) and my DNS /DHCP server are both running on a new poweredge I picked up which runs VMware ESX (base hardware virtualisation, without needing an underlying OS like GSX/Vmware Server does) its web interface managed and very powerful!
(Specs of poweredge, 2x 700Mhz PIII Xeon’s | 2Gb ECC Ram | 60GB Raid Zero’d Scsi Disks, on a Perc4 Scsi Controller)
I am also using fetchmail to regularly pull down my mail from other mail providers (such as my uni mail) into my scalix server. and scalix rules to sort that mail into respective folders. Bottom line, very good web based access to ALL my mail, at one location and logon.
References: www.scalix.com (check out the community version, free for unlimited users.. oh, and theres an connector for outlook (free for 25 users on community license)
Also, while i’m rambling a word regarding solaris and ZFS! I haven’t really touched it for a while due to revision, But its just run, solidly, for weeks, and i have NEVER had as good a throughput using samba on a linux box as i get on solaris, constant 34MB/s over intel pro/1000 gigabit adaptors. never goes slow, crashes out etc etc. It Just runs 😀
Anyway, back to the revision!