I use multiple routers and switches on both production and lab networks that I maintain. With all the vulnerabilities in SOHO routers and their manufactures not updating firmware quick enough (or at all) I decided to research alternatives.
I found multiple open source communities which provide third-party firmware, which are designed to replace the original firmware on some commercial routers. The open source firmware that caught my eye is the DD-WRT.
This weekend I finally found time to install DD-WRT on my old Linksys WRT54G router. I use this router from time to time on my Lab networks.
DD-WRT is a Linux based alternative Open Source firmware suitable for a great variety of WLAN routers and embedded systems.
- Posted In: Networking, Project
- Tags: DD-WRT, Firmware, Lab, Linksys, networking, Open Source, Router, WRT54G
After installing a Windows 2012 Server on one of my lab networks I found myself reading Windows Server 2012 Unleashed by SAMS. This is a very detailed book which is great for beginners or professionals. It helped me experiment and configure various Server 2012 features such as DNS, AD, DHCP, and IIS.
Windows Server 2012 Unleashed
Valuable for Windows professionals at all skill levels, this book will be especially indispensable for intermediate-to-advanced level professionals seeking expert, in-depth solutions. Every chapter contains tips, tricks, best practices, and lessons learned from actual deployments: practical information for using Windows Server 2012 to solve real business problems.
- Plan and migrate from Windows Server 2003 and 2008
- Leverage powerful capabilities that are truly new in Windows Server 2012
- Install Windows Server 2012 and the GUI-less Windows Server Core
- Upgrade to Windows Server 2012 Active Directory
- Utilize advanced AD capabilities including federated forests and identity management
- Plan and deploy network services, from DNS and DHCP to IPv6, IPAM, and IIS
- Protect systems and data with server-level security, transport-level security, and security policies
- Deliver true end-to-end secured anytime/anywhere access to remote/mobile clients
- Efficiently configure and manage users, sites, OUs, domains, and forests through Server Manager console
- Create more fault-tolerant environments with DFS, clustering, and Network Load Balancing
- Leverage major Hyper-V virtualization improvements in availability, redundancy, and guest support
- Manage Active Directory more efficiently with Active Directory Administrative Center, Best Practice Analyzer, and PowerShell scripts
- Systematically tune, optimize, debug, and troubleshoot Windows Server 2012
- Posted In: Book, Recently Read, Server
- Tags: AD, Administration, book, DHCP, DNS, IIS, Lab, Server, Windows Server 2012