I need a basic L3 switch for maybe 25 mbps that will do hopefully up to 50 VLANs and which will not require me to hire someone to configure it.
As much as I like Cisco, that rules them out.
The reason I'd like a Layer 3 switch is so that I can run my backups and inter-server transfers without adding to my bandwidth bill. Also, VLANS are a critical requirement as i have a lot of customers with root on their managed servers.
So i am looking at HP [gasp] switches. How "easy" is the web-based configuration widget? [I'm an advanced unix admin but networking is a mystery to me.]
This is a starter switch and once i have a full cab of servers I'll be able to spend $7K on a pair of 3560s and hire someone to configure them for me ... but until then what can i get to meet my requirements?
I'm not sure exactly how to phrase the question. But, I'm researching how to PXE boot a server without having a DHCP/PXE server in each vlan.
Scenario: Datacenter with dozens of servers. 1 VLAN per server. Cisco switches and routers. Each server has a serial console available for remote management (OS and BIOS are configured for serial console). If an admin wants to re-install OS, they should be able to reboot the server and tell the BIOS to initiate a PXE boot request. A central install server is available to provide the DHCP and PXE boot images.
Has anyone tried this? I have been reading about the 'ip helper-address' for Cisco to relay DHCP requests. Interested in hearing about real-world setups. Or is there a better way to accomplish remote OS installs?
I'm looking for a solution that I can place a firewall between 2 vlans on a BigIron router with L3 enabled.
For this moment there is one big vlan2 with a ip-route 0.0.0.0 0.0.0.0 22.214.171.124 and a router-interface ve2 with the IP of the router, the address I use as gateway on the machines behind it.
The WAN port has the IP address to communicate with to the GW of the carrier-router (126.96.36.199)
Because I want to let the BigIron the routing I was thinking of 2 vlans, one for the lan-vlan and one for the wan-vlan, but this will be a problem because I only have one IP-block what I can use.
So the sitiuation must be as follow on the BigIron:
WAN => vlan2 => firewall => vlan3(lan)
Because of the fact that the firewall will be transparent, this should be no problem to place it between the vlans. The actual problem is how to manage this. In simple words, I should be able to replace the firewall with a cross-cable and it should still work.
Cisco for an example has a SVI solution for this, but I can't find such thing for a Foundry router.
Having a slight problem working with one of our Extreme Summit 48 (ugh) switches - I've figured out most of the basics, but I can't seem to find any way to add a secondary IP address to a VLAN! This, I would have thought, would be a pretty basic feature to have. Typing "config vlan [vlanname] ipaddress 188.8.131.52/24" works for setting the primary IP, but I can't figure out how to add any more - and doing the command again just overwrites the first one.
So... does anyone have any tricks up their sleeve, or is this something that Extreme neglected to add to this model switch?
I've read that all ethernet switches in a MST Region need the same Name, Revision number, and list of member vlans for each Instance. So what happens when you need to change the range of VLANs in a MSTI ? Let's say that you need to add a range of vlans to an instance that spans 20 switches? How would you do that?
Can you make a recommendation for a switch-based L3 router which can
- hold a moderate number of routes (interface routes, a few hundred statics + default) - OSPF and BGP - MST - 1024 layer-3 dot1q subinterfaces (or maybe VLAN interfaces) with + traffic policing in and out per subinterface/vlan + VRRP/HSRP/NSRP - IPv4 & IPv6 native - 2x GigE ports - Not tip-over under 1gbps DDoS towards a VLAN interface.
I've been using 3560Gs, but they seem to lack the output traffic policing. I'd prefer to have subinterfaces which don't run spanning-tree, versus Vlan Interfaces to a trunk interface which runs spanning-tree. These switches sit at the L3 boundary between two L2 networks.
Cost is a big factor; but I also must carry vendor licenses & support contract, if the vendor asserts that not doing so is illegal in US.
We are co-located at a datacenter and host web sites, and corporate email systems, as well as host dedicated servers for customers.
We currently have two /25 internet facing subnets from our provider. We have a Watchguard X5500e 8 port gigabit firewall that supports routing as well as VLANs. We also currently own QTY4 2848 HP Gigabit switches.
We currently have each switch connected in a loop with 2 gigabit ports trunked using static LCAP. The switches are connected as follows: A > B B > C C > D D > A
Rapid STP is turned on. One thing is - is this the ideal trunking scheme?
The more important question is this. We would like to separate ips from each other using VLANing.
IE: we might have a client with 5 different IPs in one or more subnets and we would like to group them together.
We ideally do not want to break up the subnets into smaller ones as it makes it hard to reconfigure and it wastes ip addresses, as we do not have that many.
Looking for an VPS provider which allows IRC network provider, currently host a network on a shell account but want to move to a VPS for more control, don't want to host it on any of my current dedicated which allow IRC access.
About a week ago I posted a thread [url]about my experiences with a bunch of VPS providers. Here is an update after one week.
I have quite simple requirements 128 MB RAM Linux VPS, correct time on the system (plus/minus a few seconds), minimum of my time wasted on any issues related to VPS management/communication with VPS provider. I also needed VPS in various geo locations. Here is how it goes so far in addition to what I said in the previous thread. My trivial requirements make my reviews quite limited in scope, though little details like having correct time and provider's reaction on 'please set up correct time' IMO acts like a nice indicator of their attention to details and efficiency of the support.
Generally, when I have not much to say about a VPS provider it is equals to a great thumbs up review
got 2 VPS, one in NY one in LA, set up is not instant, but reasonably quick. So far so good. My time wasted on BS - none. I am going to renew.
2. mosso (Rackable)
Nice low cost VPS in the cloud setting. Location not specified, but looks like Dallas, TX. Instant setup, everything works, great network, hourly billing. My time wasted on BS - none. I am going to renew.
Ordered 1 VPS, location London, UK. Great experience so far, simple to use website not a cookie cutter WHMC , everything just works, instant setup, good network. I used 1£/month promotion, the price reverts to 7.5£ per month in June which seems a bit pricey. My time wasted on BS - none. I am going to renew.
I got a 64MB VPS from them, location Toronto, CA. Wow, turned out that my application works on 64MB VPS. Quick setup, no issues. So far, so good. My time wasted on BS - none. I am going to renew.
VPS location - Chicago. Quick setup. no issues. So far so good. My time wasted on BS - none. I am going to renew.
VPS in Amsterdam. It took about 8 hours to get VPS activated. I initially was disappointed with this VPS since it was quite sluggish, but once I have rebuild VPS via hyperVM to a standard CentOS5.2 image all the issues have disappeared Hence, the only issue with them so far is unsuitable for low memory VPS default system. My time wasted on BS - a little I am going to renew.
ordered VPS located in Tampa, FL. Nice quick setup no problems whatsoever. Good price. Good job. I am happy. My time wasted on BS - none. I am going to renew.
8. zanyhost AKA wickedvps
Ordered a VPS located in Atlanta, not instant but reasonably quick VPS setup. There was a little issue in the beginning with time on the system being off by 90 seconds. After one ticket and 7 hours later it got sorted. Comparing to some other providers their response to 'please set up correct time' ticket was actually very nice and efficient, they did managed to set up correct time after all. My time wasted on BS - a little. I am going to renew.
got a VPS located in Denver. Nice and easy, no problems so far. The time on their system is off by 10 seconds, this is kind of acceptable for me. Though, it would be great if they start running some kind of time sync service on host system. My time wasted on BS - none. I am going to renew.
Got a VPS located in Washington, DC. My apologies, I was unfair to them in my original review. The delay with getting access to their VPS was solely due to my error. I somehow managed to give them wrong email during sign up. Anyway it got sorted rather quickly. And now I am a happy customer. My time wasted on BS - none. I am going to renew.
got a VPS in San-Hose, CA. Reasonably quick setup time, everything works. Their claim 24/7 on site support and so far it does look like they indeed have it. I again had that error replicated where I gave wrong email during sign up, but once I asked them to help me out resolving that it was done quickly and efficiently. Well done ,guys. This outfit looks and feels quite professional. My time wasted on BS - none. I am going to renew.
Got a VPS located in some supposedly very secure and resilient DC somewhere in Iowa, which is nice. Set up time was reasonably quick. Support response is quick, though so far is a bit clueless. This is again all about my pet issue with time. Their system time if off by about 4 hours and 10 minutes. To illustrate my here is our little conversation so far, paraphrased:
Me: time on your system is wrong by 4 hours 10 minutes, please fix it.
Support, 10 minutes later: you can change your timezone using hypervm
Me: nah.. it is not helping, how on earth changing timezone could sort time which is off by 4 hours 10 minutes?
Support, 1h 40m later: we cannot change time on the host system because it would affect other customers, use date command on your VPS to change time.
Me: nah.. date does not work '[root@ia1 ~]# date 04251425.59 date: cannot set date: Operation not permitted ' 'Obviously it does not work, otherwise I would not bother you with this. Having correct time on the system is important for my application and so far your system is useless for me. Could you please reconsider changing time on your system to correct one. Most other VPS provides somehow manage to have correct time on their system. Just to illustrate my point below is a printout of time on some of VPS systems I work with. ia1- is hosted by you.
lo1: Sat Apr 25 14:19:09 UTC 2009 am1: Sat Apr 25 14:19:09 UTC 2009 fr1: Sat Apr 25 16:23:23 UTC 2009 ba1: Sat Apr 25 14:19:09 UTC 2009 ny1: Sat Apr 25 14:19:10 UTC 2009 ha1: Sat Apr 25 14:19:10 UTC 2009 at1: Sat Apr 25 14:19:10 UTC 2009 ca1: Sat Apr 25 14:19:10 UTC 2009 ia1: Sat Apr 25 10:09:48 UTC 2009 ch1: Sat Apr 25 14:19:10 UTC 2009 da1: Sat Apr 25 14:19:10 UTC 2009 dc1: Sat Apr 25 14:20:02 UTC 2009 ta1: Sat Apr 25 14:19:10 UTC 2009 de1: Sat Apr 25 14:19:02 UTC 2009 la1: Sat Apr 25 14:19:11 UTC 2009 sh1: Sat Apr 25 14:19:11 UTC 2009 sy1: Sat Apr 25 14:19:12 UTC 2009 kl1: Sat Apr 25 14:19:13 UTC 2009 si1: Sat Apr 25 14:19:13 UTC 2009 ' Support, 1 hour later: we are checking why 'date' is not working meanwhile please use ntp command.
Me: nah... ntpd will not work because I simply do not have permission to change date, and it is a good thing. The only one who can change date is root on the host system.
end of conversation so far.
Come on people!!! Get someone who has a clue on the line. Hopefully they will sort it out eventually.
My time wasted on BS - quite some. I am going to renew if they manage to set up time correctly (unfortunately clueless support is quite a common thing nowadays, hence, given my simple requirement and usually no need for support, I might be able to stay with them).
VPS location Frankfurt, Germany. Not instant but reasonably quick setup. Time on the system was almost 5 minutes off. Having correct time on the system is important for my application. I am talking about time not timezone. It is usually impossible to change time from within VPS and it is therefore responsibility of a VPS provider to run properly configured ntpd on the host. I've sent a support request asking to fix the time, responses I got so far were clueless and in English which made not much sense to me. The issue is still not sorted one week after it was raised. My time wasted on BS - quite some. I am not going to renew unless they clean up their act about having correct time on the system.
14. 1gb.ru VPS location, Moscow, Russia. This is the only VPS provider I could find in Russia with reasonable prices and accepting normal credit cards as payment method. They do only Ubuntu, so I had to use it, not my usual CentOS. They have some weird self coded control panel, the setup is a bit weird For example, to get access to VPS I had to first ssh into their gateway system, which dropped me into my vps shell as root. Than I had to install sshd and set things up so that I can access my VPS using ssh in a normal way. Come on... this is more complicated that it needs to be. But, well, in the end of the day I have a VPS and it working.
Initially I was happy with their VPS. But there were issues popping up all the time. For example, they often override /etc/resolv.conf so that it points to their DNS servers. Apparently they think that customer should not be able to use other DNS servers. A minor thing, I can rewrite that file myself every minute or so. But still additional hassle. By some reason some time after VPS restart it stops letting me in using ssh. This is quite a show stopper. I realize that such thing might happen when in low memory setups, but hey stuff which I run work for me in two dozens of other VPS. Basically just too much hassle to keep this charade up. I will not renew the VPS.
I have used their system to register a .ru domain. No complaints so far on this one. I needed to switch DNS to external DNS servers. They supposedly have this functionality in online control panel, but I have failed to It is just so confusing and not intuitive. Contacted their support with this DNS thing and their have it sorted for me very quickly and professionally. Well done. Definitely will stay with them as registrars for a while.
This is not exactly sub 10$ VPS, more like sub 20$ VPS. But I still use them because they have VPS in all sorts of exotic locations.
The price I paid is at least double of what I'd like to pay plus rip off Paypal fees on top of advertised rate.
Apparently it is run by the people developing an open source control panel for XEN. Big plus for them is their geographical diversity, I've ordered VPS located in Kuala-Lumpur, Sydney, Singapore, Barcelona, Haifa.
Back to gplhost.com. Again, a bit weird and quirky setup, but does the job done. VPS are activated instantly. Things just work.
Support people are knowledgeable and helpful. One of my processes 'run away' due to a bug in my software and started consuming lots of CPU/IO. They apparently investigated this, and once realized that I indeed run a legitimate application stopped this investigation and contacted me asking what's going on. So I was able to resolve this problem. I am quite happy with the way gplhost has handled this. Well done. In the end of the day I am happy (but counting pennies). My time wasted on BS - none. I am going to renew.
A polish outfit. They apparently work on polish market and everything is in polish. I can read Polish a bit so I though I'd be able to get some service from them. Unfortunately, I made the same mistake with wrong email during sign up. It turned out to be a fatal mistake. So far any attempts to get it sorted with them have failed. Maybe it is my fault, maybe communication problems are killing it. I will move on. My time wasted on BS - quite some. I am NOT going to renew.
The last one in this review. I even feel a bit guilty for slamming nanihost like that. But hey, I've massacred other VPS providers for far less than this. So it is only fair to not give this outfit any slack. Sorry.
Got a VPS located in Seattle. Set up time was reasonably quick. But I was a bit busy last week so first time accessed VPS just yesterday. How I was surprised by complete lack of any awareness about information security issues by this people (a person actually). More so, because I had a VPS set up by them running untouched for almost a week. Turned out the default username:password they have set up for lxdirect panel which they have installed for me was admin:admin. I have not asked to have any cp installed BTW. Passwords for hypervm, root and other stuff were similarly insecure. I've noticed that the system is being quite actively scanned i.e. someone is already running dictionary attacks on their systems. I bet quite a few of their customers are already owned, maybe their host system(s) as well. Though, it is just my speculation.
By default they installed for me CentOS Hostinabox with all sort of crap running on it. Moreover, it appears that there are no other OS image is available.
The paypal email they have is <some Chinese looking name>@hotmail.com . They have a support phone number located in UK on their website. I called, it was answered by a child. I just apologized and hang up. Is this outfit is being tun by a 10 year old? Or am I being an ageist here?
I have tried to sort a few issues with them, support response was quite quick.
Now their terms and conditions. [url]. This stuff is probably the most valuable part of their website. It has loads of entertainment value. Nice laughs I strongly recommend reading it out loud after a few beers with mates... Just a few fragments to give you a teaser:
'13. Illegal Files/Phishers/Criminal Activity. Please note that NaniHost does not allow illegal files on our servers such as phishers and more. If these files are found by us on our servers they will be deleted and account suspended. If you are from the government please note that we take no responsibility for our clients and their actions.'
or this one:
'OUR 1 HOUR RESPONSE TIME GUARANTEE ONLY APPLIES IF THE OPERATOR SHOWED UP FOR THEIR SHIFT. IF NO OPERATOR SHOWED UP FOR THEIR SHIFT, THEN THE 1 HOUR RESPONSE TIME GUARANTEE DOES NOT APPLY.'
there are also at least 3 different cancellation/termination procedures outlined all with different requirements/time frames Again, nice to read after a few beers
Nanihost promises all kinds of benefits on their website but this outfit appears to be run by a 17 years old (no offence to '17 years old's) and is a one man show. Good effort, but I better stay away from this. I've decided to not waste my breath on this and move on. I've requested moneyback and they agreed. Nice, thank you, it was great to be your customer, see you in the next life.
I think, that this nanihost will not be around for long, but if with time they prove me wrong it would be great.
Just to finish it some data on my little 'correct time' test. This is printout of current time on VPS hosted by providers mentioned in this review with some comments. The script requests time from all of them simultaneously, due to various geo locations some of them take a bit more time to respond than others, hence a few seconds variation is expected.
[root@app1] 5:17pm# ./foreach.vps 'date' lo1: Sat Apr 25 17:19:04 UTC 2009 am1: Sat Apr 25 17:19:04 UTC 2009 ba1: Sat Apr 25 17:19:05 UTC 2009 ny1: Sat Apr 25 17:19:05 UTC 2009 ha1: Sat Apr 25 17:19:05 UTC 2009 at1: Sat Apr 25 17:19:05 UTC 2009 ca1: Sat Apr 25 17:19:05 UTC 2009 da1: Sat Apr 25 17:19:05 UTC 2009 ch1: Sat Apr 25 17:19:05 UTC 2009 ia1: Sat Apr 25 13:09:42 UTC 2009 # iwebfusion, still thinking whether to fix time or it would affect other customers. :-( dc1: Sat Apr 25 17:19:58 UTC 2009 # quillhost, a tiny bit off, please run ntpd on host system ta1: Sat Apr 25 17:19:06 UTC 2009 de1: Sat Apr 25 17:18:57 UTC 2009 # myprohost, a tiny bit off, please run ntpd on host system la1: Sat Apr 25 17:19:06 UTC 2009 sh1: Sat Apr 25 17:19:06 UTC 2009 sy1: Sat Apr 25 17:19:08 UTC 2009 si1: Sat Apr 25 17:19:08 UTC 2009 kl1: Sat Apr 25 17:19:12 UTC 2009 fr1: # euvps, opps this one is down now, usually they 2 hours 4 minutes wrong, but now decided simply to be unreachable.
I am in the market to look for a dedicated provider that can offer the term Net 30 on the dedicated servers, plus also have cpanel licenses. We are looking for providers in the central US area, like Denver, Chicago or Austin area, that is multi-homed.
I have got two different offers, but only one offers the Net 30, and it is located in Florida which is not our cup of tea due to the network diversity connectivity in US. We are looking for the servers that is setup like this:
Dual Xeons 2.33 8 to 12 Gigs of Ram 2 750 Gigs Drives in RAID1 Configuration
We are looking for ordering around 10 of them, plus 4 more other servers in different specifications as well. It is a major plus if all of those can be configured to share bandwidth in case one is underutilized and the other is over utilized so that the bandiwidth allowance is used among them.
I know that Softlayer and ThePlanet offers it, but we are looking for other providers at this time, since I rather like to avoid ThePlanet and Softlayer is nice, but from some past experiences with them, I rather not go back to them again, and the pricing is more budgeted to high end at this time.
Are there any quite cheap Dedicated Server providers that allow torrents on their servers? I'm not talking here about ub3r h4x0r torrents with games and such.
But it could happen since I want to sell Shell accounts for torrent download/upload, so the company policy towards that should not be anything like a reactivation fee, rather a notice so I can take care of the problem ASAP.