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IPv6 and BGP adventure

July 18, 2019 | BGP, HE, Networking | No Comments

Hi readers,

This post will be about my ‘adventure’ of getting my own AS number, IPv6 subnet, and peering with Hurricane Electric to announce my IPv6 subnet over a 6to4 tunnel.

I started to chat with someone on Discord about getting my own IPv6 subnet. They’re not that expensive. I got mine from SnapServ. I purchased a /44 IPv6 subnet and an Autonomous System Number.

After having successfully set-up a 6to4 tunnel with Hurricane Electric before, I decided to sign up for a BGP tunnel, so I can use my own IP address space.

I got my ASN and /44 subnet from SnapServ. A /44 IPv6 subnet is 16 /48 subnets, and the /44 is that smallest that they had. It’s very affordable.

My AS currently peers with Hurricane Electric. Though this may change soon, as their support has been ignoring my tickets, twice. There is an update of that coming later.

Currently I’m getting packet drops from their tunnel… So we will see how it goes.

For now: made two tickets, got ignored on both my their support staff.

To be updated..

Server update: it’s all (almost) set-up

July 1, 2019 | BGP, VMware | No Comments

Hi readers,

Welcome to this server update post. I’ve made some changes to the system, and it’s almost done! Sadly, right now it’s come of a stop, because of lack of storage space.

It’s not a big update. Hardware-wise, nothing changed. I am planning to go 10 gigabit though, whenever I have more monthly income, because with what I earn right now, it would me impossible.

VM-wise, I added a virtual machine for peering with a Virtual Internet Exchange. Currently I am working on my own Virtual Internet Exchange, which would be for people who want to learn BGP, routing and more.

Sadly, the thing holding me back from expanding (A Horizon lab, Steam Cache and apt mirror), is that I am out of storage space.

In the server, there are two 500GB SSDs that I already had. Both come from my old servers. There is a second 320GB HDD in there, a very old one, that I put in as an emergency. The server only takes 2,5″ drives, so I’m limited to that. It supports SAS, but I have all SATA disks in them, since SAS drives are too expensive for me. I’m trying to get a 2TB SATA drive, which hopefully I will be able to buy in August or September.

Stay tuned, there will still be blog posts, I have one planned for my GNS3 lab, and a to-do post where I will explain what I’m saving up for and trying to get.

Thank you for reading this and see you soon.