Installing Debian on the A20-olinuxino-lime
So instead of running the Home Automation server on my ESX Farm, I was now faced with the WAF. The WAF required that the system be working no matter how many times I destroyed my lab so this forced me to get a dedicated system to run the Home Automation Server. A couple of days ago someone tweeted that they installed Openhab (which I am planning to run) on something called and Olimex A20 system… got the credit card and ordered one! The board arrived a couple of days ago and since then I have been fucking around trying to get the damn thing working.
I was recently at a client site doing an NSX workshop/Demo when something in my lab happened that I did not foresee; my only NSX controller was in a disconnected stated and would not reconnect. Instead of having a full blown panic attack, I decided to leave the controller as it is and continue with the demo… What happened next was something I should have predicted.
Now let’s be very very clear on one thing: I love to test and play around with new technologies, especially SDN solutions. This leads to me to spend a certain amount of money acquiring stuff which my wife find annoying. So my lab environment keeps getting bigger and bigger. Then one day you get to a point that when you run an NMAP of you network you find servers that you setup 3 years ago and forgot about, or even better things with IP numbers you cannot log into.
So I needed to organize (horrible word) my lab and infrastructure in such a way that I could easily find stuff.
So here is how I created an HTML based landing page that I can use as a jump point for all my labs. I use Visio Prof 2013 to create this, your mileage may vary if you use other version. Continue reading
Since my lab is now working nicely it’s time for some serious networking implementation, this time using iBGP to advertise VXlan based networks running inside VMware NSX. For this exercise I will be using the following layout:
So without any further delay let’s get nasty.