An Actual Update

I haven’t updated this with actual content in ages. Life has been crazy busy and stressful but all in an awesome way. We’re coming down to the last few things that need doing for the wedding and then after that we just do the deed in April. Nora and I have been living together for years now, but the concept of being someone’s husband is just so large (lacking a better descriptor for it). I suspect when it comes down to it very little in our day to day will change, and yet everything will be different. I’m excited and nervous – I’m looking forward to it more than any other event I’ve ever anticipated before.

I’ve been at the new job for a month now and it’s really fantastic. I have an enormous amount to learn which is a great feeling. My boss is very relaxed and chill, which is such a 180 from where I spent the last three years that I find myself reeling from the shock of it all. The work is enjoyable and I actually look forward to getting to work so I can get cracking on things. The people I work with are all extremely welcoming and friendly, which has made this transition pretty easy. I’m even on a first name basis with the folks at the coffee shop downstairs – one of them is putting a copy of Machete on my flash drive right now so I can watch it.

My LJ mood sums it up – I’m content (and happy) for the first time in a really long time.

Routing Issue

I’m having an issue with this server I recently setup that is driving me nuts. I have a dual-homed system (no real bastion config, just LAN separation) – eth0 is the internal network, eth1 is the link to the outside world connected through the firewall DMZ. eth1 has an unroutable IP (172.20.x.x) linked to a valid public IP via firewall. The issue is that eth1 goes unresponsive while eth0 is up. Looking at it from the server, all traffic goes to one NIC or the other so that makes sense.

The easy fix is to specify metrics for eth0 and eth1, but then that prioritizes all traffic to one NIC or the other. I could specify routes through ifconfig…there aren’t many so that’s doable. The other solution I see would of course be to set up routes in the firewall that map to each NIC and be done with it that way. What do you guys think? Is there an elegant solution here that I’m missing?

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