Broadcom, Or How I Learned To Start Worrying And Drop The Packet

Earlier this week we started the process to upgrade one of our hypervisor compute clusters when we encountered a rather painful bug with HP’s Broadcom NIC chipsets. We were part way through a routine rolling pool upgrade of our hypervisor (XenServer) cluster when we observed unexpected and intermittent loss of connectivity between several VMs, then entire XenServer hosts. The problems appeared to impact hosts that hadn’t yet upgraded to XenServer 7....

October 13, 2017 · 6 min · 1240 words · Sam McLeod

Speeding Up rsync

The most common way to use rsync is probably as such: rsync -avr user@<source>:<source_dir> <dest_dir> Resulting in 30-35MB/s depending on file sizes This can be improved by using a more efficient, less secure encryption algorithm, disabling compression and telling the SSH client to disable some unneeded features that slow things down. With the settings below I have achieved 100MB/s (at work between VMs) and over 300MB/s at home between SSD drives....

May 3, 2016 · 2 min · 224 words · Sam McLeod

Replacing Junos Pulse with OpenConnect

In an attempt to avoid using the Juniper Pulse (Now Pulse Secure) VPN client we tried OpenConnect but found that DNS did not work correctly when connected to the VPN. This bug has now been resolved recently but has not made it’s way into a new build, in fact there have been no releases for 6 months. Luckily the OpenConnect was not too difficult to build from source. Build OpenConnect on OSX Remove old openconnect and install deps brew remove openconnect brew install libxml2 lzlib openssl libtool libevent Build openconnect wget git....

September 22, 2015 · 1 min · 137 words · Sam McLeod