The shoemaker’s son always goes barefoot…

It was three years ago when I put my HP ProLiant DL585 server in my basement.  I ran a wire from my router to the basement and plugged the server in.  It was crude, but worked great.

And then one day, a couple of years ago, I started needing more servers down here, some temporary and some permanent.  Rather than run several more wires to my router, I plugged in a switch… but the switch was borrowed, and when I gave it back to Damir I just grabbed whatever I had handy and used that.  I have been using that since September, 2009.

Over the past few days I have done a lot of work on my servers – I finally converted one of them into a Software iSCSI Target (See how here!), and reformatted two of my physical servers with Hyper-V Server 2008 R2.  I then started rebalancing workloads, building new machines, and doing all sorts of great stuff until…

I rebooted my primary host (ProLiant ML-350) and waited for it to come back up… and waited and waited and waited…

IMG_1156After a while I realized it was not my normal impatience, this really was taking longer than usual.  I walked into the server room, and I noticed my network switch was going haywire… traffic overload, network collisions, and…

Huh? Network collisions?  Didn’t we all but eliminate those when we sloughed the oppressive hubs for the liberating intelligent switches?

So I looked closely at the box… not only was it a HUB and not a switch, but it was a 10mbit HUB… 10 base T.

Ok, so now I know why things have been running slower than they should.  While I am not ready to go out and spend a fortune, tonight I will be making a trip to Tiger Direct and picking up a new Gigabit switch… or two.  After all, I keep telling my students to run their storage network on separate wires than their production network… and I should practice what I preach… and with the shoemaker going barefoot for so long, I think he might have to get himself a really good pair of loafers to compensate for the past! Smile


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