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FreeS/WAN or OpenSwan and Cisco PIX VPN

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Config guide for FreeS/WAN and OpenSwan to Cisco PIX VPN

I've noticed some search engine activity hitting my resume looking for FreeS/WAN to PIX information, since I happen to mention both on there. I am currently running such a VPN, and decided I should tell people how I did it. It's easy.

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Tools and Hacky Stuff

Here are some tools I've written which could be of use to other folks. It's going to be mostly Cisco related, some of which is still being formatted before I upload it, more to come.

CSSManager is a tool to simplify suspending and activating services in a Cisco CSS load balancer. It adds a couple of features like the ability to "lock out" a server and to add comments to a suspended machine to give context for its suspension. More features to come.

New Blog

I'm going to try out a blog on my own for a while, see if I can get it customized at all, and whether I like it better than lj. My guess is I'll be mirroring most of the content between the two for a while anyway.

Update:
I'm still in the process of moving blog posts over, and recreating all the old content on the new site, but I've decided to put it live anyway.

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Leopard Love/Hate

[music | Bauhaus - Exquisite Corpse]

Mostly hate, but there are some things to like here:

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Web-Designer "Defined"

[music | Bjork - Storm]

Why do companies constantly classify programmer/DBA/admins as "Web Designers"?

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About xrayspx

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I'm 34, and an employed network administrator. I've decided to play with Drupal against my better judgment, it seems pretty straightforward, we'll see how it goes when I want to start editing the default themes, etc.

Meanwhile, you may find my resume here. I am currently interested in short to mid-term (3-6 month) contract work in the greater Boston and Southern NH (route 3 corridor) area.

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Think Different

[music | Glenn Frey - Smugglers Blues]

Just as long as your Different doesn't differ from our largest ISV's Different

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For very small values of "genius"

[music | The Prodigy - Charly]

It just took 3 technicians 17 minutes to pull a drive from my Mac Pro and slide in a new one. That includes (4 days plus) 7 minutes looking for a new one.

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Big as a Fucking Really Big Brick

[music | Shriekback - Nemesis]

From what I gather, my Mac Pro is shortly to become a doorstop, according to S.M.A.R.T. in Disk Utility. That makes me sad. I think I have all the critical stuff backed up to a second internal drive, it gets one more startup tomorrow to try and get everything else onto an external drive. Then I guess it's a trip to a repair shop.

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Cisco CSS Toy

[music | Bauhaus - Dark Entries (Live)]

This is the first of a few tools I have to release in the coming couple of weeks, mainly involving Cisco's CSS product. The purpose of me writing them is that Cisco's web interface to the CSS is both a terrible user experience and has shown itself to be vulnerable to trivial attacks in the past (in a security sense). I don't want to run the web gui on my CSS's, and most of our admins were terrified of the command line. So I wrote a bunch of tools to help do their jobs, without the possibility of screwing up the load balancers.

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