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    James Warmuth

    Greetings,
    I really love watching live but I see that the schedule no longer shows class times... Do you have a formal schedule for shows. If not do you send out a tweet before a show or perhaps their could be an option for a SMS or Email alert that a show is about to start... Thanks

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    James Warmuth

    Greetings,
    I had no idea where to post this as the idea is complete lunacy but I though I would ask anyway. I had a thought of setting up 3 windows 7 Pro boxes all at different locations and VPN them together. Set them up on a live file sync so that a change on one is propagated to all the others. I have done all of this successfully. The last part I am not sure about though. Right now I have all 3 "servers" in my mapped network drives and I just choose one when I want to use it. Is there any way using 3rd party software to make a single SMB share check multiple IP destinations and then choose the first one that responds and use it. My though would be to make this like a distributive server and have a single smb share. To the user (my family members) this would appear to be one server but it would have a safe failover should one of the 3 connections go down. I know something like this could be done with data center edition but this is just a silly test thing. My guess the way this would work is that the software would create a fake smb share and then it would go down the list of IP addresses when opened and grab the first one that responds. Another cool trick would be to test the connection speed to all server and choose the fastest available server.

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    James Warmuth

    Hello All,
    I am having trouble setting up my first Vlan.
    Here is what I have:
    Router - Untangle UTM 10 (Vlan Aware)
    Switch - TP-LINK TL-SG2424 (Vlan Aware)
    Access Points - Engenius EAP300 (VLAN Aware)

    Ok so here we go. VLAN1 on my switch is the management vlan so every port is a member of 1. I created a VLAN1 on the router and bridged it to the internal interface. Basically I told the router that all traffic on vlan1 should be considered the same as no vlan and attached to the dhcp server on that interface port call it 192.168.1.1. 99% of all traffic goes here. Now the access points support up to 4 wireless networks. Each one on a different VLan. I have a corporate network for Vlan 1 so no problems there. Vlan 2 and 3 will be public access networks. So in the router I created VLan 2 and 3 and gave them their own DHCP server call them 192.168.2.1 and 192.168.3.1. I bonded them to the internal parent interface. If i understand what I did correctly all vlan1 and untagged traffic will be given a 192.168.1.1 address and have internet access (corporate network). Vlan 2 and 3 will share the same parent interface but will assigned there own subnet and dhcp 192.168.2.1 and 192.168.1.3 and have internet access. This makes sense to me anyway. I may be dead wrong. Here is where the problem comes in... Configuring the switch. I want all vlans to be forwarded to port 1 on the switch as that is the internal port on the router and it provides the link to the wan and handles DHCP for all VLans. I thought it would be simple but I obviously did something wrong because as soon as I updated the switch configuration I lost all network access to the router and the switch. Can anyone help me with how I should configure the switch to accomplish my goals

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    James Warmuth

    Greetings,
    I have found Ethernet hubs to be invaluable over the years. One way that I use them is to help separate 2 networks that share a common ISP. For example I have a cable modem internet connection and I want to have a corporate network and a guest network so I do MODEM --> HUB --> guest and corporate router on separate wires then I manually assign static IPs from the ISP for both routers. I like the hub because it maintains no tables and blindly repeats everything. I have been having a very hard time finding hubs lately (new ones any way). Does anyone know any good resources to find hubs? Don't say ebay... I don't like purchasing used gear. I have seen some new ones but they are ridiculously priced. Over $100... WOW. If I can not find them I may have to go with the old standby of 3 routers where you have a top level router that feeds into 2 smaller routers but i do not want to do that. I have had really good success with the hubs in the past for this. My goal is simple I want 2 networks with independent IP address to be able to share one link from the ISP but be completely incapable of communicating with each other directly so the guest router feeding through the corporate router is out because then the corporate router would be addressable from the guest router. It may sound confusing and a bit backwoods but it has always worked for me very well with low cost and overhead. I am open to other idea and methodologies. I have considered VLANS but they have not made it into the price bracket of my customers yet. Usually very small business SOHO size but wanting a little bit more than SOHO can provide. My concern is absolute security. The 2 networks (or at least the assets on that network) can never be able to directly address the other in any way.

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    James Warmuth

    What time zone is the live show calendar in. I have been trying to tune into the live shows but cant seem to figure out when to be on

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    James Warmuth

    Greetings,

    Does anyone know of a Linux live CD that does bare metal / restore to dissimilar hardware. I know of several programs that will do this like shadow copy but that is a very expensive option for a technicians license. I currently use Redo backup and Recovery which I really like but I can not restore to dissimilar hardware and would really like that as an option. I am not opposed to paying for a technicians license but over $1000.00 is an absolute no go.

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    James Warmuth

    I just wanted to let everyone know that I have been looking to create a steady state on windows 7 pro machines without a server or domain and I found many solutions that were over $100.00 per computer, but I recently found one that I have tried and am completely satisfied with. Here is the best part it is 100% free. Here is a link to the software http://www.horizondatasys.com/en/products_and_solutions.aspx?ProductId=18. Before anyone says anything I know I can create a steady state in 7 using the guide from Microsoft but reading that document makes my head spin. Microsoft found the most ridiculous instructions possible and put them together in a 20+ page document and said here you go... good luck. The best way I have found to use this software is as follows: 1) Configure windows exactly the way you want it 2) Install the software but do not reboot when it asks. 3) Enter msconfig and disable shield from startup {shield adds an icon in the system tray that gives you the option to disable restore on reboot} 4) Create a scheduled task to reboot the machine once a day typically at night or some time when no one is using the system. 5) Once you are completely ready restart the PC... During reboot it will create the steady state and you are all good. With every reboot the system goes back the way it was and no user can disable it. Lets say you want to update the system. on reboot tap the home button and that will disable rollbacks and you can update the base system. I have used this on 10 workstations and my support calls have dropped in half. This also works below windows so if the system is "unbootable" a restart will bring it back if that makes any sense at all. Just thought I would share.

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    James Warmuth

    Greetings,

    I was really hoping you could give me some advise on performing a "heartbeat" function on workstations. I have a solution on server that works but I really don't like it. I have an account with a monitoring company that provides a unique address to issue a http request to. If a request is not received once per hour it rings in as overdue. For servers I use a wget script under windows that looks like this:

    "C:program files (x86)GNUWin32binwget.exe" http://0.0.0.0/m/0000-0aaa00/

    Del "C:wget*.htm" /q

    Del "C:wget*.html" /q

    Using this method wget will download the page and reset the heartbeat and then delete the htm or html file that was downloaded. I have set it up as a scheduled task running every 20 minutes so the machine would have 3 chances to check in before the alarm would be sent. This works for me but there is a glaring problem: 1) Its Messy, 2) Its Visible to the user for a fraction of a second, 3) It takes time to setup, deploy and modify.

    I have been searching the internet high and low for a program what will sit in the system tray and get a defined website on a schedule completely invisible to the user (except for the tray icon of course). However I can not find anything that will do this but I know it exists in other software as a check in method.

    Do you have any ideas on how I can improve this? Do you know of a program free or paid that does this using the parameters I have provided?

    Thanks in advance

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    James Warmuth

    Thanks Very Much.. I will try this ASAP

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    James Warmuth

    Ok so here is what I am trying to say... I am using an untangle 10 utm as the router. I have an external interface set to wan and it has a static IP. I have 2 additional interfaces (physical interfaces) guest lan and corporate lan. Corporate lan has a dhcp server on 192.168.1.1 /24. DHCP provides 192.168.1.100 to 192.168.1.200. The guest lan has a DHCP server on 192.168.2.1 /24 and provides 192.168.2.100 to 192.168.2.200. I have the interfaces of each network set to NAT so currently guest has no access to corporate and corporate has no access to guest. This all works right now as it is. However, we now have a VLAN switch and VLAN access points. The AP can put out 4 separate SSIDs each with a unique VLAN Tag.
    What I want to do is move both of these networks on the same cable and separate them via VLAN. My switch is a TL-SG2424. By default it puts all ports on vlan1 with egress untag and access mode. I want to have the guest network travel across the corporate copper but have no access to corporate resources. I added a Vlan in the switch, trunk, egress tag and assigned it to the AP port and the Router port so all ports have VLAN 1 w/ Untagged egress / Access (I had to change the ports described to trunk) and the 2 ports described above also have VLAN 2 w/ tagged egress / trunk. I want VLAN1 to connect to corporate as if it was not a vlan. I don't have to option to not tag the SSID I just want to segregate and jail guest traffic and only pass it to the wan not to corporate.
    I don't understand why I can not make this work... It works great without VLANs. Just want to get us moved to the next level. Once I get Vlan working I can essentially reclaim 50% of my access points as right now I have 1 for corporate and a separate one for guests

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