Getting Started with VMWare Distributed Switching

Introduction; This post will be a brief intro into VMWare’s distributed switch technology and how to get your feet wet in the setup. This will not cover the advanced features or in-depth configuration but a followup may come in the future. I was myself rather confused at the concept at first and failed to see … Read moreGetting Started with VMWare Distributed Switching

pfSense: A Guide to NAT, Firewall Rules and some Networking 101

How to pfSense. So, you’ve decided to ditch that POS ISP provided router, or just literally anything marketed towards consumers and have installed pfSense, so.. what now? The following will be a guide on how to create, manage and understand both firewall rules and NAT in pfSense. I get asked a lot of questions daily and I … Read morepfSense: A Guide to NAT, Firewall Rules and some Networking 101

Tunneling Specific Traffic over a VPN with pfSense

Recently I stumbled on a post in /r/sysadmin by /u/ThatOnePrivacyGuy that had a spreadsheet he had created comparing a load of VPN services, you can find it here. This got me thinking, my automated downloads crunch through terabytes of data every month on a home connection, and if my ISP were to look into this it would not … Read moreTunneling Specific Traffic over a VPN with pfSense

Understanding and Configuring VLANs

So I started off my IT career as an intern for a rather large company in London. I was doing a lot of misc stuff, mostly desktop but always pushed for as many networking bits I could, networking is great. A year later and here I am as a junior network engineer on the path … Read moreUnderstanding and Configuring VLANs

Create an IPSEC Site to Site tunnel between two PfSense firewalls

So I need to create an IPSEC point to point link between two sites so my two FreeNAS boxes can replicate between each other as per this project.  I already run my network on PfSense and have done for a few years now and think it’s great so slapping a PfSense box at my mother’s house … Read moreCreate an IPSEC Site to Site tunnel between two PfSense firewalls

HP MicroServer Gen8 storage & Syncronisation across the internet

This plan didn’t work as intended. I had to come back to the drawing board and rethink/simplify some stuff. I have left everything as-is up to the point of failure incase it’s important to anyone and it really makes no sense to delete it. Below is what I wanted to do and a few of … Read moreHP MicroServer Gen8 storage & Syncronisation across the internet

Installing virtual machines in ESXI

Right so this is where things start to change quite a bit between these two boxes, and I’ll explain best I can. The box at my mother’s house, now known was MUFFHOST04, or MUFF04, needs to have pfsense running on it as well as FreeNAS. I can create a ptp link using DDWRT (what she has right now) … Read moreInstalling virtual machines in ESXI

Turning a BT HomeHub 5 into a Gigabit Switch

BT is an alright ISP, I get good speeds (150D/40U), never get throttled and have yet to hear anything about my internet activity which involves a fair amount of P2P.. their hardware however is god awful, and the BT HomeHub 5 is no exception to that. I won’t go into how bad it is because if you’re reading … Read moreTurning a BT HomeHub 5 into a Gigabit Switch

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