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Passing the Firewall Torch
I’ve had a Netscreen firewall handling my internet connection at home for almost a full decade now.  I first got my hands on a Netscreen 5 back in Feb of 2001, and it was amazing that you could get that much flexibility in such a tiny device for Read More...
Home Network Overhaul 2010 – Conclusion
This is the sixth part in a series of articles tracking the implementation of virtualization on my home network .  Planning for the project originally started at the end of 2007, with some equipment purchased in early 2008, but the bulk of the work Read More...
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. I was finally able to fix the hardware problem that prevented my old domain Read More...
Home Network Overhaul 2010
For the first time in over a decade, my home network saw no major improvements for almost 2 years. Let’s just say that the past few years have been interesting…  From March 2008 until December 2009, several major undertakings that I had planned for Read More...
Miscellaneous Notes from Summer 2009
Just a quick few notes as the Summer of 2009 draws to a close – much faster than desired… Vacations… We didn’t take our summer trip to Cape May, NJ this year but we did finally get out to Stokes State Forest for our annual camping expedition.  It Read More...
It’s FIOS Time
The past month or two has been interesting for my home network from a technology standpoint.  I have a server that went down because of a motherboard issue; I need some new drive rails to bring my Windows 2008 server online; my cable service from Read More...
Hyper-V is here!!
On June 26, Microsoft released Hyper-V for Windows Server 2008 to manufacturing. You can download it today! Now, I can really finish up with my home network virtualization project , which has been languishing because I haven't had a lot of free time. Read More...
Random Thoughts to Close Out April 2008
I haven't posted in a few weeks, but not because I don't have anything to write -- it's because I haven't mastered the art of dividing my time across all needs and wants. Here are a few thoughts that hint of posts to come: I need to write about Strategy, Read More...
An interesting Windows Vista article
I just finished reading an article on Windows Vista from InfoWorld , and it makes several really good points. Windows Vista brings a lot to the table that gets de-emphasized by the masses.  It's funny that when Microsoft releases a product that is Read More...
Vista SP1
It has been officially available for a couple weeks now, but some of us have been running it for over a month at this point .  Of course, outside of the MSDN and TechNet avenues, the only way to get it was due to a Microsoft mistake . In any event, Read More...
Let's Get Ready to Virtualize!
After many months, and a few miscellaneous upgrades to other parts of my network, I'm finally about to get a jump on my home virtualization overhaul project .  A number of things have changed from the original plan, however. Since that plan was presented Read More...
Random Notes on a Leap Day
I have a little bit of everything to share today. Professional Networking LinkedIn has performed quite a few upgrades in recent days, and they've upgraded their site quite a bit. It looks nice, I must say. I hope this is just the beginning of them implementing Read More...
Get your dose of Vista Service Pack 1
If you're a 64-bit Vista user, that is...  It looks as though the users of Vista x64 can obtain Service Pack 1 via Windows Update . I've already started down the MSDN path for obtaining the Service Pack , but that has presented its own set of issues.  Read More...
The List Server is back online
More precisely, the list mail server replacement is finally online .  My venerable 400Mhz Pentium 2 server is no longer providing any services on this network.  It has been replaced by an AMD Sempron 3400+ running Windows 2003 R2 x64. Just another Read More...
Mail Server repairs are ongoing
I posted an announcement over the weekend that my List Mail server had gone down .  I'm pretty sure that the power supply was all I needed to change, but due to a series of parts failures and upgrades over the past 4 or 5 months across various systems, Read More...
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