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Home Network Overhaul 2010 – Part 2

It has been a very productive year so far, as it pertains to my ongoing Home Network Re-Engineering Project.  In fact, the past few days have been especially productive.

construction-kidI was finally able to fix the hardware problem that prevented my old domain controller from booting, and since the boys’ old Windows XP machine began to fail (spontaneous reboots under any kind of load, even when booted from a BartPE recovery disk), I built a new Windows 7 workstation for them with this hardware.  The old server had also functioned as the destination for our Home directories and for redirected folders, and I was able to get the data copied over to the new virtual server that I built as a replacement.

One interesting side-effect of this change is that now, all the desktop systems in my house are running some edition of 64-bit Windows.   I have only two more Vista instances to upgrade to Windows 7, and life in desktop/laptop land will be golden.

The extensive use of virtual systems means that I am one application away from retiring a second physical server, bring me down from five (5) physical boxes to three (3), while increasing actual server instances from five (5) to eight (8).   And this doesn’t include a Linux desktop instance that I have started running.

I have just a few more changes to make this quarter, including setting up remote access and network access control (NAC), and changing my email/web security configuration – probably using Untangle or eBox Platform.

Stay tuned for more updates to this project.  Next time, the updated network diagrams will be available.

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Talking Out Loud with ASB said:

This is the sixth part in a series of articles tracking the implementation of virtualization on my home network

# February 22, 2010 12:11 AM
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About Logik!

Andrew S. Baker aka ASB aka Logik!

Andrew S. Baker is a business-savvy, hands-on IT leader with expertise in mentoring people, mitigating risk, and integrating technology to drive innovation and maximize business results. He creates competitive advantage for organizations through effective IT leadership: implementation of processes and controls, and architecture of robust business solutions.

Mr. Baker has successfully led a number of high-performance technology teams in designing, deploying and maintaining secure, cost-effective computing environments for well-known companies, including Warner Music Group, The Princeton Review, Bear Stearns, About.com, and Lewco Securities.

For over a decade, Andrew has exhibited thought leadership on technology and business topics via mailing lists, technical forums, blogs, and professional networking groups, along with contributions to podcasts, webinars, and over 20 technical/business magazine articles. He also serves on several boards and committees for non-profit organizations, and within the Seventh-day Adventist church.

His personal interests include Astronomy, Basketball, Bible Study, Chess, Comics, Computers, Family Life Ministries, Reading, Strategy/Role Playing games, and Professional Networking...

A summary of Andrew's current résumé is available here, and he can be reached on a variety of social and professional networks, including LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.