TWO MORE CISCO 7204 VXRS ADDED TO MY HOME LAB!

Last week, I was browsing eBay (as you do!), and noticed two Cisco 7204 VXR routers auctions which were about to end pretty soon and the starting bid was £0.99, and there were no current bids! I’ve wanted to play with the bigger Cisco routers for a while. I have played with the Cisco ISRs, which are designed more for branch/smaller offices. I already have one 7204 VXR in my rack, but adding two more couldn’t hurt, so I figured I would go ahead and try my luck and bid. To my surprise, I won both! I managed to win one of them for £20, and the other for £0.

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CISCO ASA 5505 RAM UPGRADE

3rd June 2014 - If you are reading this post, you should check out my follow up post: Cisco ASA 9.2 on Cisco ASA 5505 with Unsupported Memory Configuration Fail I have two Cisco ASA 5505s in my home lab which I acquired almost two years ago from eBay. I was pretty lucky, as I paid under £70 for each because the seller wasn’t too sure what they were! Looking on eBay now, they are selling for around £120! 🙂 Pretty much straight away, I wanted to upgrade to the ASA 8.3 code, which required a RAM upgrade, so I upgraded it.

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NGINX, VARNISH, HAPROXY, AND THIN/LIGHTTPD

Over the last few days, I have been playing with Ruby on Rails again and came across Thin, a small, yet stable web server which will serve applications written in Ruby. This is a small tutorial on how to get Nginx, Varnish, HAProxy working together with Thin (for dynamic pages) and Lighttpd (for static pages). I decided to take this route as from reading in many places I found that separating static and dynamic content improves performance significantly. Nginx Nginx is a lightweight, high performance web server and reverse proxy. It can also be used as an email proxy, although this is not an area I have explored.

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