Sunday, June 26 2005 @ 05:16 AM EDT Views: 812
Operating System Battle:
Since Solaris 10
now is free, and is indeed a mighty operating system [A $500-million investment produced the most advanced operating system ever built—now offered FREE to you.], I decided I'm gonna try it out. I even bought a new box for it. It's going to compete for 'favorite child status' against a fresh Gentoo uber minimalist install.
Network Uncertainty: I feel I need to rationalize my home network, as it's grown kind of large and its complexity is worrying me and I've kind of forgotten what services are running on my machine (but unfortunately, Nessus hasn't).
Security: From a security perspective, things are not so bad, but Nessus shows a few things I've relaxed in order to make life easier: a few music share exports, some insecure X Windows, DCE distributed computing environment services, etc... Gotta patch those holes. Also, the Mandrake server that runs this web site has a broken package update manager, so that's also worrysome, so it's hard to update the puppy with the new 'Mandriva' that Mandrake has become. A new WinXP box Nessus scan shows an odd guest account issue, even though all the baseline scans pass, all patches applied, and Guest is off on the PC. Lots of stuff to patch and figure. I should get a buddy to 'audit' my network once I'm done.
On the storage front: I've converted most all of my CD and DVD (and VHS, and Audio Tape) collection to raw data files on my SAN -- most, for I've only got about 500 GB free now, and I need to buy more space. I'm very saddened at the DVDDecrypter news (it was taken down by the man). I originally wanted to store all the WAVE files and raw DVD's on my SAN with no quality loss, but wow it eats up space. I'm wondering if I should encode at least some of DVD's with DivX or something that can at least keep the menu structure working. It's against my philosophy, but it's cheaper than buying another SAN chassis.
I was looking at Coraid, which was written up in LinuxJournal recently. They make products which let you put drives directly on the LAN. Instead of iSCSI, one has ATAoE, and it's pretty simple to set up. I'm looking at the fiesability two 7.5TB racks. Problem is there's no hierarchal file system, snap shots, gui utilities for volume management, etc... It's just a Linux 2.6 kernel and a bunch of disks. Performance would be 'fine' I think. Another issue is that even though CORAID's solution is cheaper, I originally went to a SAN so I could have a unified storage management model for the house, and the optics of two storage models are less than pleasing (except on the wallet?).
Single Sign-on: Another goal I want to achieve is to implement a single sign-on solution with some biometric controls. I've been messing around with a few solutions, but they all take a lot of time to install and get working on all the different platforms. It seems if one can't install Single Sign-on at home, then how the heck can a big company do it? I think I need to hire a competent sysadmin (anyone want the job?) to get it all up while I hot tub and drink margaritas. Overall, I am looking for a sysadmin, so drop me a line if you're a superstar.
Outbound Load Balancing: Finally, I want to get real outbound load balancing working. I've got a DSL and Cable connection at the house, and occasionally one or the other does go down. I had a kind of flakey solution running some time ago using Linux, but the configuration was very complicated, and one afternoon I leaned on my keyboard in 'Vi' and apparently deleted something critical and that was about it for outbound load balancing.
Cables everywhere: Then there's the problem of Gigabit upstairs.... I have this long cable running from upstairs to downstairs right through the house. It's silly. People trip on it while they use the stairs. My mother yells at me about it when she visits. There's so much to do!