SCSIraidGURU’s World

My mentor said to be called an engineer you need three things?”

1.) You needed a Bachelor’s degree in Computer or Electrical Engineering.

2.) Experience and the education into the future. We continue our education beyond our Bachelor’s degree. We research new technology to better serve the corporation’s needs. We bring new ideas to the table.

3.) Engineers bring solutions not problems to management.

This site will take you on the 30+ year journey into being an engineer

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This site goes back to the 1980s in high school and meanders down 30+ years of hardware, software and technology.   Some call it tinkering?   Some call it an obsession with the money I spent to have this lab environment at home.  I started in IBM DOS.   Played with IBM OS/2 and Warp.  Tried many flavors of Linux.   Beta tested hardware and software.   Wrote an article for Hercules on video cards.   Been on many forums talking about my high end workstation builds. 

I moved all my websites to new WP (WordPress) Ubuntu servers.  My first home websites were on IIS on a Windows workstation in HTML.   I then started working with HTML 5 and CSS, when Ann was born to build better pages.  Along came WordPress and all the TV ads for web sites.  So decided to do it the hard way.  I built my own WordPress servers in Linux.  I played with CentOS 7 and now Ubuntu 16.04.6.  

Cisco VIRL simulations: I have been going through my Cisco Virtual Lab simulations.  I have been adding in IPv4 and IPv6.  They will be able to access the real world.  TFTP to IPv6 is working.   I have been creating IPv6 on my Fortinet 60e and soon will have DHCPv6 working in my entire house. 

I asked Fortinet to  open a NFR for DHCPv6 reservations.   I want the same ability in IPv6 and in IPv4 to take a MAC and statically set a IPv6 address to it in DHCPv6.  I think the most interesting part of working on my Cisco CCNP was coming up with my own IPv6 addressing for the Cisco Virtual Lab and my house.   I could get an IPv6 block from AT&T or WOW.   

Linux: The Linux pages for CentOS 7.x and Ubuntu 16.04.6 are up to date.   Updating the menus has been a lot of work.   The Conditional menus are great but means each new simulation and page needs to be added to the structure.   The WordPress servers are now on Ubuntu 16.04.6 with MariaDB 10.3.x and PHP  I have created my first Ubuntu 18.04.2 servers.  It covers Samba, phpMyAdmin, Webalizer, Syslog-ng and other topics.   I added VEEAM backup along with the VMWare 6 Essential Kit license for it. 

Resume: I have been rewriting my short resume and will be making LinkedIn changes soon. 

I have been spending time going over all the pages and links on this site.   I added content covering power supplies and power upgrades to your home.    The About me page is more complete.   I added content to the 30 years in a Datacenter page.   I have been redoing the menus.   Many changes to the Linux and WordPress pages with the changes to Ubuntu, MariaDB, PHP and other stuff.   It is a work in progress.

My late father always said the easy road is never the right road to take.
Knowledge requires effort and time to gain.

From Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium:
Unlikely adventures require unlikely tools.
Your life is an occasion, Rise to it!

From Babylon 5
Never fear answers, only fear running out of questions.

This site is for everything I have done over 30+ years!!

It covers all my awesome workstation builds
It covers programming that I have done
It covers my Cisco CCNP and CCDP work
All my CCNA/CCNP simulations from Packet Tracer and my Cisco Virtual Lab

My house has an Fortinet 60E firewall with two WAN ISP connections.   The best place to protect your house is the front door lock.   This firewall is exactly that.  I can create inbound and outbound rules along with layers of protection from attacks using various services on the firewall.  

IT gave me my own page to post my Cisco VIRL simulations to for their users. 

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