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Let’s say you’re an customer of an Oklahoma ISP with ADSL2 service and you use a Ubiquiti EdgeRouter for your router instead of the one they supplied. One day they decide to upgrade their customers to VDSL2, send out BEC Technologies BEC 8920NE gateways to the customer, and now use PPPoE. Your old ADSL2 modem […]

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Moab or bust, busted

So yeah, I’m still around! I have a month off from work so I’ve been bumming around from one thing to another.  My truck just rolled 300,000 miles recently and I finally got around to having * replaced as part of regular maintenance.  I’ve been wanting to head off on some roadtrips but not really […]

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Hacking a Peeple

A common tactic for a burglary or casing a home is to send somebody unconcealed to the front door posing as a survey taker, lost pet owner, or some such and seeing if anyone is at home. If nobody answers it’s probably a sign that there’s nobody around and proceed. Outdoor video cameras on the […]

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My colleague Matthew gave a presentation about bare metal provisioning servers at Facebook on IPv6-only networks at SREcon last month. He discusses the entire process from why we went v6-only, selection of DHCP server and network boot loaders, through installing CentOS on hosts, and all of the gotchas along the way. By audience survey it […]

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It turns out my SuperMicro A1SAI boards made a fucking liar out of me. I bitched and moaned it was 2016 and they didn’t support UEFI PXE booting despite supporting UEFI, but they do. I just didn’t know where to look. Under “PCIe/PCI/PNP Configuration” in boot setup, the “Launch Storage OpROM Policy” and “Launch Network OpROM […]

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If you have Mellanox ConnectX-3 or ConnectX-4 NICs in your servers, I discovered it’s possible to do IPv6 OS installations via PXE. FlexBoot is their on-board PXE implementation that ships on their NICs and it’s based on iPXE. It turns out that as of FlexBoot version 3.4.718 from January 2016 they’ve added beta IPv6 support. […]

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ASRock Rack C2550D4I motherboard

I wanted a new Avoton motherboard for my OpenIndiana home NAS with lots of on-board SATA so I could use the PCIe slot for a 10-gigabit NIC. I needed seven SATA ports, six for the data disks and one for the OS drive. The standard mini-ITX configuration seems to max out at six, and I […]

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  The Anaconda 19 (now v21) installer in RHEL 7 / CentOS 7 is a great improvement over Anaconda 13 that was used in CentOS 6. Among other fixes it was completely overhauled along the way. One thing lacking in CentOS 6 was the ability to perform an automatic kickstart installation over an IPv6-only network. […]

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Equipment teardowns

A quick list of equipment tear downs and photographs I’ve done for people who are interested in the internals: Comtrend CT-5374 DSL modem+router Ubiquiti EdgeRouter-X Ubiquiti EdgeRouter Lite (ERL3) including how to replace USB memory stick MikroTik CRS226-24G-2S+RM switch SGI Fuel

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For the longest time I wondered why Chrome would never save the password of my Ubiquiti UniFi controllers’ web interfaces. It turns out because the UniFi controller software ships out of the box with a self-signed SSL/TLS cert that’s untrusted, Chrome does a smart thing and won’t prompt you to save the password for the […]

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