Late Night Hackery

Posted by Thomas Mon, 15 Jan 2007 14:33:18 +0000

I reallly love those late night/early morning hacking sessions when things are finally clicking. It’s a good feeling when you look at the clock and can’t believe that it’s 2:30 in the am and you don’t know where the last two hours have gone. And I love it when you get done what you set out to accomplish before sun comes up. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve had my fair share of all-nighters. Getting the Crunchtime video out the door comes distinctly to mind.

This weekend, I cut over my network from the mundane, basic WRT54G doing everything, to having a shiny new dual wan, internal dns, dhcp, qos, Debian based router. It’s my old dual Celeron with two of the dual port e100 cards. The primary reason for this was internal dns, so that I can get Kerberos running. But that’s somewhat on hold, as I’m not 100% sure that moving everything to kerberized nfs would be the simplest thing, maintenance wise for my clients. I guess that CIFS has authentication built in, so maybe it’s not too big of a deal. I just don’t know right now how hard it will be to get kerberized nfs clients. The main goal last night was to get WPA2 Enterprise working on the WRT54G, authenticating to a FreeRadius server, authenticating to my LDAP server. And it all works now (802.1x is so cool)! I should have documented it better, but I was more concerned with getting the concepts down and getting it working. I still have the wiki up and running with nothing in it. I really should be posting my notes up there… Also during this process, I figured out how to get wpa2 working on Debian, as I’d never figured it out before, or really ever had any need to… I will say this, though, that NetworkManager really is quite slick.

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