MonthJune 2021

Blog 08 – General

I compiled a my notes in a separate txt file as there was very little to talk about and I did not feel that they warranted their own blog posts:

05/05/2021
installed pfsense, set up IP addresses and DHCP range
attempted connection, no instance of successful ping both ways

06/05/2021
attempting to connect two clients to pfsense

11/05/2021
pfSense was still setup from earlier
Phil had an existing client from earlier
Frank recreated an ubuntu client
Both have been successfully connected to pfSense
Pinging pfSense was enabled
Both clients can ping pfSense

25/05/2021
Switching to windows server, due to our better understanding of the software + speed of setup.

01/06/2021
VPN’s are not possible in this environment…
moving on…

Blog 07 – Ubiquiti Unifi

Unfortunately there was a complete lack action taken to ensure that students knew this was one of the workshops that we had to do, which resulted in me (and multiple other students) thinking that it was some optional exercise which I did not the time or available brain power for.

I did some research later from which I learned that the process basically follows these steps:
* creating a UniFi account
* installing the UniFi controller
* connecting the WiFi router to POE
* initialising a pfsense server
* connect to the router with the UniFi application
From there you can update the firmware.
Also it may be necessary to reset the router before connecting to it.

This is designed to be as simple as possible and handles most of the configuration automatically.

Blog 06 – Cisco Workshop

Again this is a workshop that did not take place, we were even meant to have a guy come in to talk about Cisco but have not seen this happen.

From what I’ve seen, Cisco certifications are industry recognised proof that you are knowledgable in certain networking areas (depending on what certifications you have done).
Using “cisco” as a keyword in TradeMe Jobs and no other search criteria yields 14 results. Because of this I believe it to be likely that Cisco certifications are relevant to looking to get jobs that include networking.

I personally have no great interest in working through the certification process as I am not looking to enter that area of the tech industry.

Blog 05 – IPv6 Workshop

This post is supposed to be about what we did in the IPv6 workshop for NET603. However all we (my group) managed to get done was installing pfsense after going through four broken computers and having no idea how to install pfsense, as Lars had done that for us (without explanation) before he left. It was only thanks to another student that we got as far as we did.

According to some other notes I got later from the new tutor this is meant to be about a dual stack IP network.
I am completely unable to find resources that would have told me that without help from the tutor.

What Is IPv4/IPv6 Dual Stack? (2019) explains that:
“With the dual-stack solution, every networking device, server, switch, router, and firewall in an ISP’s network will be configured with both IPv4 and IPv6 connectivity capabilities”.