The Good Shit

Posted by : Rob Stevens | Monday, October 29, 2007 | Published in

Finally getting to the real meat of my uni course now. Everything is getting harder and more interesting. In the Cisco lessons we've started doing AAA servers and this week we've been shown how to use them for HTTP authentication. We' spent last year learning about building the networks, and now we're finally onto the security aspect of things.

The other interesting thing I'm doing at the moment is my work experience placement. I'm working with the IT department at Sunderland college. I was a bit worried that I was going to spend several months being an IT skivy but I had my first day of it last week and I installed a new switch and built a server, so not bad to start with :) I'm in again tomorrow so we shall see what happens. Now I just need to do the written work that goes with it...

MS Technet Roadshow

Posted by : Rob Stevens | Friday, October 12, 2007 | Published in

I went to the Newcastle stop off of this recently. The main part of it during the day was "Creating and Managing a Virtual Environment on the Microsoft Platform" which was pretty interesting. The guys presenting it seemed very knowledgeable on the subjects they covered and the demonstrations where delivered very enthusiastically. Some of it was a little over my head, I must admit, but I got the gist of most of it :P

The evening was called "Vista After Hours". This talked about vista and its multimedia and networking capabilities. They talked about running it alongside the XBox 360 and also did a talk on Windows Home Server which was pretty interesting. I quite fancy checking that out.

In my mandatory bag of swag I got an evaluation copy of Server 2008 which I'm installing on VMWare as I type. Will talk about that once I've played a bit.

New PC n Stuff

Posted by : Rob Stevens | | Published in

Yep, once again, an really long pause between posts. Anyone would think I didn't have much to say or something. In fact I have lots of things to say, I'm just too lazy to write them down...

I'm finally back at Uni. It looks like this year is going to be a killer. The Cisco stuff in particular is getting complicated very fast. We started doing NATing and PATing last week (for those who have no clue what I'm babbling about check the linkage and go "eh?"), and then in this weeks session we had the morning doing that again, then straight into Pix firewalls in the afternoon. Methinks this is going to be a bit of hard work.

Other bit of interestingness is my PC upgrade. I treated myself to an Athlon 64 X2 and and an Asus A8R-MVP motherboard, and an Antec Sonata III because my old case sounded like a jet engine. Seems to be very stable, but the chip is running pretty warm. That'll be rectified next week when my new Arctic Cooling cpu fan arrives :)