I'm enclosing most of what I wrote late last night; essentially a request
for how to restrucure my network so that it is easily to maintain and
uses much less energy.  --I sent a few emails from a different platform
where I have mutt.  Don't know why this did not get out; it was in my
~/Maildir/DOT/[directories on my mailserver. [?]

Date: Tue, 14 Apr 2009 01:56:46 -0700
From: Gary Kline <kl...@thought.org>
To: Polytropon <free...@edvax.de>
Cc: FreeBSD Mailing List <freebsd-questions@freebsd.org>
Subject: Re: mayday, mayday
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{edited for [hopeful] clarity}

        it was my pfsense firewall.  it took more than 8 hours, an M.E.
        buddy retired from Boeing coming over, three fruitless phone
        calls, then my just-pondering a good 20 minutes.  finally, i
        power-cycled the firewall, and on reboot, fsck cleared
        out a bunch of mismatches and other disc garbage.  upon full reboot,
        i was back in contact with the rest of the world.

        the firewall still isn't working completely, but i doubt it is
        very serious.  no worms ... [?] i just can't ping my local IP's.

        both my main server and firewall are running on extremely old
        hardware.  hp kayaks that i was given years ago and upgraded.
        disks, memory, probably one-new-fan.  still, they are fast
        approaching their end/live.  this brings up some questions that
        i have been meaning to ask this list for several weeks. 

        until my wife interrupted my dreams with: "you've got to get up
        and fix your system; i can't get on my laptop.", i was going to do
        the usual and postpone this for another few days [/weeks/months].  

        anyway, i was ++stumped.  i rebooted everything, Et Cetera.
        nutshell, around 16.40 i collapsed on sofa, then decided that
        this has to be D-day; i.e.:: decision-day.  or maybe Q-Day,
        time to ask the list for advice.

        I have four (4) tower cases here, and between  3 "laptop"
        computers, not all in continuous use.    in short, 
        it is time, or Past-Time, to cut my energy use here.

        First: i will always stick with FreeBSD as my primary server.
        no matter what i wind up using as toys, {music, videos, [...]}
        i'll pony up for at least two new computers.  one to do my
        DNS,mail, and web  [and firewall??], and 

        Second, one to replace this desktop, which has hosted FBSD since 
        version 2.0.5.  I know where stuff lives ... and so on.

        Do i really need something as beefy as a pfsense standalone?
        is there a way i can run it in a jail?  before my dec., '06
        network meltdown i was using ifp quite well on ns1.thought.org.
        After a few weeks of help from jon horne, i had a new/used Dell
        plus the firewall.  My former server was stripped down a

        i got highspeed DSL from Qwest, our telco, a year ago.  jon
        talked the installed thru how things fit.  i had no clue then,
        nor now.  the firewall has two NIC's; the Qwest router is part
        of my network.  from the firewall, the cable goes into my
        16-port switch.  the server also plugs into the switch.  that
        is about the limit of my understanding right now.

        if i've made any sense so far, great!  if not,i'm open for
        questions.  i'm also open for suggestions on how to alter this
        network configuration.  

        thanks for reading this far.


It might be simplest to replace my firewall and my server with
low-energy-usage i386 computers; is there a better way?

> -- 
> Polytropon
> From Magdeburg, Germany
> Happy FreeBSD user since 4.0
> Andra moi ennepe, Mousa, ...

  Gary Kline  kl...@thought.org   www.thought.org  Public Service Unix
        http://jottings.thought.org   http://transfinite.thought.org

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