Javier Solis

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For those of you who are new to the site, welcome! I wanted to start with “Why Networking,” and maybe it will help you find your “Why.” My first post dates back to 2013 when I was just a Network Administrator. Before that, I remember reading technical blogs and books at the infancy of my IT journey. There’s so much fantastic content out there.

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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 networking without the need for purchasing physical switches. There are tons of virtual switches or networking 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

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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

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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

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Something New

My day job continues to revolve around IT-related networking work, and I tend to spend quite a bit of time on other techie projects. So I decided it was time to get away from the keyboard and embark on a non-IT-related side project.

Javier Solis

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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. I also created a link aggregation between the two gigabit interfaces on the…

Javier Solis

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In my previous role, I had the opportunity to wear many hats, including Network Administrator. Our go-to networking vendor before I moved on was Extreme Networks. When I initially started my position, the campus was a Cabletron customer, then Enterasys, and lastly, Extreme Networks (Believe it or not, there’s more than one way when it comes to Network Vendor selection). Now the transitions did come upon company acquisitions. And after each acquisition, we did our due diligence and reviewed…

Javier Solis

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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

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I’ve made quite a few changes to my site. The first thing you’ll notice is the name change. I decided it was time to move away from the Apextier domain name. I originally received the domain from a close friend. My original intent with the site was using Apextier to run a side job for web dev work years ago. I eventually stopped building websites. Apextier sounded cool at the time and became a useful place for my technical blog. I decided that something like LifeNetEng was more personal and…

Javier Solis

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Being a Systems Engineer or really a “Sales” Engineer, I speak with lots of IT folks about products that Extreme Networks sells. Rarely do I have conversations around hardware features such as feeds and speeds or physical components. Every competitive networking vendor mostly has access to the same commodity ASICs. In the networking and infrastructure world software has become King or Queen. Software is the driving factor for change and creating some healthy competition in the Networking…