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Javier Solis

3 minute read

So I've been creating and uploading more video content to our small YouTube Channel and YouTube provides some interesting analytics on how your channel and/or video performs over time. During some investigation on view performance, I discovered my YouTube titles needed some work. I'd previously posted a video on how to tune a carburetor on my 1982 Chevy El Camino, but the video wasn't performing well. I was curious if my content was really that bad. So I started digging into the YouTube video…

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Can you really obtain a Free virtual switch…

Virtual NOS images can help you get your feet wet into the wonderful world of ITBuilds without the need for purchasing physical switches. There are tons of virtual switches or ITBuilds operating systems that can be loaded onto your favorite hypervisor that can be had for free. However, one must scour the ends of the Internet for a legitimate downloadable virtual NOS. I want to save you some time and heartache, so I’ve compiled some…

Javier Solis

2 minute read

The Issue

The Wi-Fi signal in the garage and upstairs hasn’t been working too well at home. I have a couple of spare Extreme Networks cloud capable access points (previously Aerohive APs) and an Extreme Networks x440g2-24t that I pick up from eBay. The plan is to install an AP in the garage, the other upstairs, and the x440g2 will be setup in my home office.

Javier Solis

2 minute read

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NCASE M1 Build - ATX PSU (Old CPU + New GPU)


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Too much clutter

I’ve been trying to reduce the clutter in my home office, and part of that clutter are two of my custom built computer rigs. One is a mid-sized ATX Windows gaming rig, and the other is just collecting dust.

Javier Solis

1 minute read

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FreeNAS ODROID H2 Home Build


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In this video I discuss transforming an Odroid-H2 into a home network attached storage device using FreeNAS. FreeNAS is a purpose built operating system that can turn any extra PC hardware into a NAS. I needed a place to store a backup of my newly created Youtube video content so FreeNAS was the perfect fit for my Odroid-H2 . The build consists of an Odriod-H2, an NVMe drive, 2 SATA SSD drives, and an emmc storage card.…

Javier Solis

1 minute read

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Virtual Networking Home lab


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Virtual Networking Home Lab

I’ve had a couple of questions revolving my home lab setup. So I decided to put a YouTube video recording together which goes into the details of different hardware I’ve used for my virtual home lab specifically geared towards running virtual network operating systems.

Javier Solis

2 minute read

I came across a scenario where a user had two data centers in different locations connecting back to the same ISP via BGP. These two data centers would be advertising a unique /24 at each site. However, the user also wanted to advertise the other DC’s /24, but not in an active state for failover. Being that the user was connecting back to the same provider AS, I decided to test using the BGP MED (Multi Exit Discriminator) attribute to determine which /24 would be the preferred route from the…

Javier Solis

5 minute read

As a systems engineer for Extreme Networks, I like to get as much hands-on lab gear that I can within a reasonable budget. I have quite a large lab setup at home as you can see.

Javier Solis

3 minute read

I have a few PC’s that I use for testing, gaming, and other side projects. I wanted to pare down on a few systems, so I started looking into a portable gaming server VM home lab setup. I would like the system to be used for testing at least four different VM’s and also allow for some decent gaming performance utilizing VM hardware GPU pass-through.

Javier Solis

2 minute read

I was finally able to fix the issue that I described having in my earlier Cisco VIRL article here. My original bare metal box only had 3 NICs. VIRL requires that you have at least 5 NICs. If you don’t have 5 NIC’s, then you have to modify the /etc/virl.ini file with dummy interfaces. I did this earlier, but must have had a mistake in the config. I double checked the config and also ran the VIRL-rehost script that’s on the desktop when you login to VIRL. Running the script wasn’t in the VIRL doc…