Bit of Everything!

Hey Everyone!

Back on track a little bit today. Things are a bit more ‘normal’ you could say.

I got to get my hands a bit dirty today with some of our hardware in the server room. We are making room for a new setup to allow a mirrored set of servers running virtual servers. We are also making room for a new cloud backup, and a high availability array, to store over 9 terabytes of data. That was sort of fun and scary all at once. We were doing all that in a live environment. If anything was to get unplugged it would could have taken down a server that was currently in use, and mess some stuff up.

We had some left over cookout food from yesterday. That made for a nice lunch again today. I have also been binge watching Dr. Who season 5-11 which is only on Netflix in Europe, I believe. I have a new web browser that I am using. It is called Opera and it has a built in VPN or virtual private network, which makes it near impossible to trace back your location. Since I have mine on Netflix thinks I’m currently in Sweden. Its really cool actually.

I have a Masonic practice scheduled for tonight at 7 pm. We are going to cover the 2nd degree a bit since next week we have to preform one on our newest member. We shouldn’t be too long tonight since we should have most of it down pretty well.

That is all that is going on today! I hope you all have a great Wednesday and I’ll see you again tomorrow! 😀 😀



Guess Who Is Crawling!

Hey Everyone!

First a quick update on my boy. He is doing well, but still had a slight fever so we kept him home again today. My mom is home with him since my wife and I don’t have a bunch of time to take from work.

Last night when I got home I noticed that Everett was crawling! Like for real crawling, not that backwards crap he was doing before haha. My wife thought I knew already, but I did not. So I made sure to get a quick video of him going for the TV remote. Check it out:

If you wish to hear cute baby noises turn that volume up. 😀

Today was pay day for me and again I am sad haha. The moment I see it is the moment it is gone. I have a bit of credit card debt from the holidays that has been killin me. I haven’t been able to get it off of there yet, so I haven’t been saving for home repairs and what not. Hopefully, I can get it down soon. I just have to make sure I don’t just say “Screw it!” and go buy more stuff haha.

Work is pretty steady today, which helps the day go by faster. I got my hands on our old domain controller, so I am trying to mess around with it to learn more about installing servers. I haven’t been able to get it running yet, but it is only because we can’t remember what version we had on it lol. I have it sitting in my office and it sounds like a nice big jet engine. I hope the people in the hall don’t mind it too much haha. I would like to just run though the process of setting it up and mess with the web server end of it a bit, maybe.

I hope the rest of us don’t get sick from Everett and that is about it haha.

I’ll see you all again tomorrow! Thanks for stopping by. 😀 😀

Late Night In The Network Closest!

Hey Everyone!

Sorry in advance if you don’t like this type of post, but it is my daily life. This is indeed what happened yesterday. Cleaning up the network closest was the name and game last night.

For a quick and dirty rundown, all companies that have a network have Firewalls, web filters, routers, switches, and servers. Each of these things need ‘plugged in’ somewhere. Most times you end up with a mess like we had. Look below:


To be fair we had this looking better until we had one of those switches die on us. We had to scramble a little bit and replace it with a spare and re-plug everyone we could back in. We had to prioritize important things and people first and things got messy haha.

Once we ordered and replaced the dead switch it was time to clean it up! We first had to do some port forwarding on just a couple ports. (each spot that can have some thing plugged in to it, is a port) So you can see we used a service called telnet to do that:


You can also see all the cables I made there haha. So time consuming! As professionals with quite a few devices networked, we have an Excel sheet telling us which ones are ‘plugged in’, where they are, what they are, and where they go. That is the biggest factor and making this a smooth transition. Another thing to note is that we had to do this after hours, since everything needed to be ripped out, as shown below:


Some of the things still connected above are servers, and a few other things we weren’t sure of at first. they all did get moved around. We wanted less mess, and to be able to attach the wall and door again haha.After three hours my co-worker and I get everything back up and running! And if I do say so myself, looking pretty damn good. With about 8 or so servers, 3 switches, and a few battery backups this is what we have:


Once we were satisfied we put the wall and door back on. We also moved the server rack closer so that it looked like normal again. this is a sweet sight!


Everything was all buttoned up. For better reference here is a side by side comparison for your viewing pleasure:


It was fun getting my hands dirty and getting in there. I’m glad we had to do this.

Tonight we have nothing in store, except for getting groceries and snuggling the baby!

That is all for me today, I hope to see you back again tomorrow! If you have any questions about anything in this post feel free to ask! Bye! 😀 😀