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My server

June 22, 2019 | Networking, Virtualization, VMware | No Comments

Hi readers!
Welcome to my first real blog post! In this post, I will be explaining my current server, my trusty HP ProLiant DL380G6.

It’s armed with two Intel Xeon X5650s, which each have 6 core and 12 threads, making it a total of 12 cores and 24 threads. It has 144 GB (18x 8GB) of ECC RAM, and it currently have two 500GB SSDs, along with a single 320GB HDD.
Here is a picture:

Not the sharpest picture, because it was made from quite a distance with my Galaxy J7.

It runs VMware ESXi 6.7 on it, along with a vCenter Server Appliance and NSX. Here is a screenshot of the VM view in vCenter:

I run my firewall on it, which is OPNSense. I previously used pfSense, however it was being buggy with my BGP tunnel for IPv6 (more about that in this post.)

Other than that, I run WDS and MDT on it, so I can easily install Windows over the network. I have my GNS3 VM on it, so I can have it running 24/7 and can access it from anywhere, I use it to learn networking. (More about that in this post.)

I have a Discord Bash bot VM on it, it’s just a python bot that I’m making, to leanr python. Next to that I have a Linux and Windows Workstation VM, that I can login to when I’m not home. ix90 is a bit of a weird project that I’m going into more detail off here.

Everything connects to an Ubiquiti EdgeSwitch 24 Lite. My parents their network runs on a UniFi Security Gateway and a UniFi 8 port POE switch. The EdgeRouter X is just there for me so I can test things with it. Here are some pictures:

That’s a quick overview of my basic networking setup, this post will later be updated with everything about NSX when I have that working.

Introduction and my story

June 22, 2019 | Uncategorized | No Comments

Hello reader,

Welcome to my blog! Let me introduce myself.

My name is Michael Goossens, well, that is my official name. I’m a female born male from The Netherlands. Currently, on most of my profiles that are official (at companies), have my legal name, Michael. Though it will change to Michelle, eventually 🙂

Currently, I am 17 years old. I’ve been into computers and servers since I was six years old. It’s in my family, my father and uncle had a company where they repair computers. Unfortunately, my uncle retired and my father switched jobs, so it no longer exists.

I discovered my interest in servers when I was about 11. I started by playing around with Windows Server 2008, got into making an Active Directory Domain, DNS, DHCP.. Basic network admin and sysadmin stuff. I did this using old PCs that I had.

Then, when I was 12 or 13, I discovered virtualization. VMware… Oh boy. Things may have gotten a bit out of hand with that. More on that later. I started with VMware Workstation, running Linux in a VM on my PC. Then I went to nested virtualization, where I had ESXi 6.0 running inside VMware Workstation. After watching lots of documentation and YouTube videos, I started to get the hang of it.

When I was 15, I got my first real server. A HP ProLiant DL140G3, with two Intel Xeon X5355s, for a total of 8 cores, with 32 GB of ECC RAM. Man was I ever excited for it. It was LOUD, but it was worth it. (Seriously, it sounded like a jet taking off, all the time.) I quickly armed myself with an USB flash drive with the ESXi 6.0 installer on it, and after installing it on my single 500GB Samsung SSD, I threw some VMs on it. Windows Server 2012 R2 for ADDS and DNS, and a second VM that had a fileshare on it. (I was well aware that I could run that on one VM, but I had the space for at least two VMs, so I made a second one, just because I could. Hey, I was exploring after all.)

After a few months, I decided to explore Horizon and vCenter. Not at the same time, that wouldn’t fit on my server. First off I started with vCenter. Creating a Datacenter, adding the host, playing around with dvSwitches… It was a lot of fun. After a few months, I got myself a second server with the same specs. Now I could run vCenter and a basic Horizon setup at the same time. I was so happy, but… My parents were not, with the powerbill of the servers being 350W all day and night.

By this time, I’ve gotten off elementary school and high school. I started at a school to get my System and Network Admin degree, however I dropped out, as with my medical issue (hyperacusis; hypersensitivity to sounds, in my case, hearing everything 8-10x louder), I was unable to go to school and finish the degree, so I dropped out. This also means, that I’ll most likely never get my driver’s license, or be able to go with public transport.

When I was 16, I came clean to my therapist that I wanted to be a woman, on my birthday, March 29. I also told it to my parents that same day. I felt very relieved, knowing that they supported me. After a month, I went to a special therapist that is helping me with my transitioning. More about this later.

When I turned 17, I’ve already been wearing woman’s clothing, and shaved a lot. Some people close to me called my Michelle. Though to this day I still have to tell the rest of my family, not a lot know. Hopefully, I will be signed up to the hospital for hormone therapy, at around September 1st. Can’t wait for that!

Next to that, I also got myself a better server, a HP ProLiant DL380G6. It’s armed with two Xeon X5650s, for a total of 12 cores and 24 threads. It rocks 144GB ECC RAM and has two 500GB SSDs, and a single 320GB HDD. Sadly I’m out of space right now, and have no money to buy new drives. But that’s not the point of this introduction. Right now, I run ESXi 6.7 on it. I also run a vCenter Virtual Appliance on it, and I have NSX deployed. I recently got myself a book, Mastering VMware vSphere 6.7. I’m learning all about vSphere and NSX now, with Horizon soon to follow.

I’ve had been having a depression since last year, so I didn’t get to write anything on my blog. But it’s been settled now, and I’m ready to be active on my blog.

Thank you for reading this and I hope that you enjoyed your stay. I will keep this updated as things improve.

Last update: 23/06/2019