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Information Introduction to OpenStack - Week 4 Meeting
Posted by: ITZach - 10-15-2017, 05:25 PM - Forum: Announcements - Replies (1)

This week I'm super excited to announce that we are getting some new learning resources! The IT Director for the College of Engineering has graciously agreed to allow us to host some servers in the engineering data center! So on Tuesday morning at 8am I will be installing a small OpenStack cluster for use by official club members! It's a small cluster with not a whole lot of resources, but it's a great start and we should be able to expand on it easily.

OpenStack is a bit of a learning curve though, so this week I'll be giving an introduction to OpenStack. I'll be giving a basic overview of how OpenStack works under the hood and then do a live demo on how to create and manage virtual instances within OpenStack. I'll make available a live demo account for anyone who wants to follow along during my demo. If you want to follow along please bring a laptop with Firefox installed, Chrome does not work well with the OpenStack Dashboard.

The details:
When: Wednesday October 18th at 6pm (10/18/2017)
Where: STAG 260
What: Introduction to OpenStack

Please note that the location is not our normal locations. I'm having trouble scheduling club meetings on Wednesdays in Kelley due to classes that happen at that time. So from now on we may be in different locations, but I will try to keep it consistent.

This is an awesome experience for us so we're super excited about it! We hope to see you all there on Wednesday as we christen our new OpenStack cluster!

Also if you're curious I'll be installing Tuesday morning at 8am in the Kelley data center. There is a big glass window looking into the data center so you may get a good look at whats going on (or maybe not I don't know where in the DC we'll be installing).

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Question Home Router Security
Posted by: codysseus - 10-11-2017, 11:18 AM - Forum: General On Topic - Replies (1)

When I moved into my new apartment, I figured that I wouldn't bother setting up a comcast gateway and sprung for my own modem and router. The problem I found is that a lot of routers have some serious vulnerabilities in them having to do with the various features (Guest Network, Managing a router from a mobile phone, SSH) that the companies implement. I did a lot of digging around the internet to find more secure routers when I decided to take a different approach.

I looked at different open source router firmware projects to find one I really liked and picked out of their selection of supported routers.
Here's a brief list of projects I looked through:

I chose to use Tomato by Shibby since it supports my router's hardware version. I was going to use OpeWRT but had to switch because it didn't support my version of the hardware. Using open source router firmware allows you to ensure a good level of security for your home router. I have yet to actually flash the firmware onto my router since it is in daily use, but I will at some point.

What are your approaches to finding a secure router? What is your advice for finding a secure router?

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  Club Hangout - Week 3
Posted by: ITZach - 10-09-2017, 11:58 PM - Forum: Announcements - Replies (2)

This week I don't have anything planned and I can't really plan anything since I'm working on deploying our virtual lab! So this week I have a room reserved with the plan of just hanging out and getting to know each other. So come hang out and we can chat about IT things or you can even just come and do homework! Just come get to know us better!

We'll be meeting in Kelley Engineering Center 1001 on Wednesday at 7pm so come join us!

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  Club Meeting 10/5/2017 - Week 2
Posted by: ITZach - 10-03-2017, 09:03 PM - Forum: Announcements - No Replies

Sorry this is so late! But we do have a meeting coming up on Thursday at 7pm. This meeting will be a bit of a demo/workshop thing and I will be going over setting up different flavors of linux servers. I will be covering things from the installation of the basic operating system, to adding users and setting up SSH, and even setting up web servers for web hosting (great if you're taking CS290 right now and want to run your own development server). I'm not taking into account the time poll this week since only 9 people have submitted it. So if you haven't given us times yet please do so ASAP so we can start planning meetings better! So down to the gory details:

When: October 5th (10/5/2017) At 7pm
Where: Kelley Engineering Center 1003
What: Linux distro setup demo

This should be a somewhat short meeting so if there's anything specific you want to see setup and it's not too lengthy let me know and I can probably sneak it in.

Hope to see you all there!

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  Meeting Recap 9/28/17 - Week 1
Posted by: ITZach - 10-01-2017, 06:54 PM - Forum: Meeting Notes - No Replies

Last week we had our first meeting of the term and I would dare say it was an incredible success! We had a lot of new faces show up with a lot of new interest in the club. As usual I talked at length about who I am and why I started the IT club and our plans moving forward. Most of this hasn't changed from last term but I'll give a brief overview again anyways.

The IT Club was created as an attempt to fill a gap in the curriculum regarding information technology. IT is a major part of the working world. IT exists in everything from small local business to multi-national corporations. In engineering especially it is very prominent in the work place and having a better understanding of it will help you adjust more quickly to your work environment upon graduating from school. Experience with concepts in IT also look very good on a resume and if you plan on starting your own business at any point you will need more than basic skills in IT to get started. We also exist  as a hobbyist group because IT can be an excellent and very fun hobby as well. We hope to provide hardware and resources to allow students to explore IT without having to invest in expensive hardware and software.

After going through all the normal introductory things I stopped talking and encouraged everyone else to socialize and get to know each other a little better. Quite a few people ended up sticking around for a while and I got some good ideas on some of the things people want to get out of the club. The biggest one is to be able to work on projects for the real world as a club and this is something I really want to get started on. I think it's a great idea and will allow us to become less of a hobbyist group and more of an active development group. There were a few ideas for club projects floating around and we're always open to new ideas so if you have an idea send it our way!

Overall it was an excellent start to the term and I'm really excited to continue with you all through out the year! This is a great opportunity to make some new friends, learn some new things, and hopefully work on some projects with real world applications!

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  Thoughts on meeting multiple times in the week
Posted by: ITZach - 10-01-2017, 06:19 PM - Forum: Thoughts and Ideas - Replies (1)

So I've been thinking a bit about how to get people more involved in the club and create a closer knit community and I had an interesting idea. We usually have a somewhat structured meeting lead by myself or another officer of the club, but what about another time during the week for members to meet that isn't structured. What I'm thinking is something like a set time on Tuesday or something before the regular meeting where members are encouraged to socialize and work together to learn new things or work on club projects. It would be similar to the normal meetings as in I would reserve a room for us to meet in, but I wouldn't be lecturing or doing demos or anything. This time would be dedicated only to members working together.

I would like to get a few club projects going this term and this would be a good time to work on things like that, but it could be used for pretty much anything as long as we get together as a club. So it could even be used for working on homework if any of you share classes with other members. Again the focus would be more on getting together as a group and less on the actual substance of the meeting.

What do you think? Good idea? Bad idea? It's an idea that would be really easy to try out for a few weeks and see where it leads us so I think it's worth a shot.

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  Meeting Time Poll - Please Complete!
Posted by: ITZach - 10-01-2017, 03:27 AM - Forum: Announcements - No Replies

I have created a poll to get a better idea of when people are free for club meetings. Select the times that work best for you. You can select multiple times in one day to give us a little more flexibility when we finalize the decision to move the meeting times. Please let me know if you have any problems with the form, I just wrote it up and I've been testing it extensively but problems always seem to show up some how.

poll: http://corvallisitclub.com/timepoll

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  Official Discord Server
Posted by: ITZach - 09-29-2017, 04:34 PM - Forum: Announcements - Replies (2)

I just set up an official discord server for the club. This will be a good compliment to the forum as a way to communicate quicker. If you have any suggestions for new channels for the server please let me know and we'll consider them. This invite is a temporary invite so you'll have to either be assigned a role or use the link again to stay in the server. This is just to help manage things and keep the server from becoming overrun with anyone who's not an active member or participant. So if you want to be permanently added to the server and an admin or moderator isn't online please shoot me a pm and I'll try and get on as soon as possible to add you!


Edit: Apparently the previous link wasn't working right so the link above is a new link and should work fine.

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  My dorm-sized lab
Posted by: zwork - 09-28-2017, 08:52 AM - Forum: Nice Rack! - Replies (1)

I've put together a nice little lab with gear I've collected over the last few months, when I started studying for CCNA

Pictures https://imgur.com/gallery/Mds2b

Network Rack (from top to bottom)

  • It's a little hard to tell in the photo, but there is a laptop on top of the 2611 that is going to become an ESXi host once I have time to configure it (the laptop is a System76 Pangolin Performance (Model panp9))
  • Cisco 2611XM
  • Furman Power Conditioner
  • Cisco Catalyst 2960 x48
  • Cisco Catalyst 2960 x48
  • Cisco Catalyst 3560 PoE-24
  • Cisco 2801
  • Cisco 2801
Server "Rack" (from top to bottom)
  • Linksys E8350
  • Dell PowerEdge R510
  • Dell PowerEdge R510
Each PE R510 is equipped with an Intel Xeon X5660 (6core w/ HT, 2.8Ghz), 32GB of ECC RAM, an iDRAC6 card, a PERC6i controller, and 5x1TB SATA drives. They are both configured with a RAID10 array using 4 of the drives, which gives 1TB of usable storage, and the 5th drive is just standalone (yielding 2TB of storage per device).

Currently, they are both running VMware ESXi 5.5, and are running a variety of Windows and Linux VMs.

Unfortunately, the servers are loud, so I'm trying to figure out another solution of where I could potentially put them, so if anybody has any ideas, I'd love to hear them.

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Information Fall 2017 First Meeting
Posted by: ITZach - 09-23-2017, 03:05 PM - Forum: Announcements - No Replies

It's that time again! Classes have started and it's time to start meeting again! We have our first meeting already scheduled for Thursday evening of week 1.

Here are the details:

When: Thursday 9/28/2017 starting at 6pm
Where: Kelley Engineering Center (KEC) 1001
What: Introduction to the club for new members and such

Everyone is welcome to attend this event, there is no requirement to be a member and there are no obligations to join the club if you attend. This is a great chance to come see what we are all about and who we are before joining. So feel free to bring anyone who is interested!

We hope to see you all there! Smile

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