Migrating from VMware Server 2.0 to ESXi 4.0

Migrating from VMware Server 2.0 to ESXi 4.0

After having run a few servers under VMware Server 2.0 for about a year, I thought it was about time to move over to ESXi. The benefits of ESXi is that it’s a bare metal hypervisor which does not depend on any host OS and that it can easily be administrated by the free vSphere Client. Oh, did I mention ESXi is free? Since my old VMware Server 2.0 is running on a rather unnecessary large (physically) machine in my…

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Installing Snort on a flash based FreeBSD system

Installing Snort on a flash based FreeBSD system

For some years I have run Snort on my main server, along with Apache, bind etc and this solution has the obvious limit to only check traffic accessing the server. In a perfect world, it should be placed either before or behind the router/firewall so all traffic to the internal network is examined. This can be accomplished by various techniques, such as getting a passive network tap or using a hub. Since I already had an ITX system, Alix 2D3,…

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Logging to Syslog on FreeBSD

Logging to Syslog on FreeBSD

After my latest installment, M0n0wall, I wanted its logs sent to a centralized syslog server, since it keeps it logs in RAM which are cleared whenever it’s restarted. Since I am already running FreeBSD 7.2 as a server on my network, I went ahead and started to set up syslogging on it.  FreeBSD comes with syslogd enabled, so usually it’s just a matter of configuring it correctly. There are two files that must be in order for syslogging to work,…

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Alix2C2 as a firewall with M0n0wall

Alix2C2 as a firewall with M0n0wall

For some time I have been pondering the option of getting a stand-alone router/firewall, since the combined modem/router provided by my ISP has some drawbacks (very rudimentary logging, max 10 ports forwarded etc). A few years back, I used my main multi-homed server (running FreeBSD 4.5 at that time) as a gateway/firewall. What I did like about it was the configurability and the logging options, but when I retired that box and moved FreeBSD over to a virtual machine, I…

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Navigon 7310

Navigon 7310

After months of patiently waiting for Navigon’s new flagship to arrive, I spotted it at a local electronics store and before I could say “Rob Hubbard’s 8-bit remixes” I found myself walking out of the store as a proud owner of a Navigon 7310. It was announced at CES this January and it has now finally become available to many parts of Europe. Some of the features this GPS brags about are: Voice navigation Bluetooth Landmark View 3D City View…

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Windows 7 on Asus EEE 901

Windows 7 on Asus EEE 901

As many others, I recently downloaded Windows 7 build 7100 as it became available from Redmond earlier this week with the intent to slap it on my EEE 901. First issue was to get it installed without a DVD drive. The simple solution was to create a bootable USB drive and copy the installation files to it. A good guide is available at http://www.intowindows.com/how-to-install-windows-7vista-from-usb-drive-detailed-100-working-guide/, but I never managed to get my 8 GB USB drive to boot so I installed…

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