Have to excuse The Killers lyrics…

Well I was really coming off a huge high since passing the written exam Thursday morning. I finally got all four switches running at home yesterday, fired up Dynanips configured all the bridges and was ready to go. I decided to reboot Vista since it was running for a few days, I come back into windows and all the USB ethernet controllers are being reinstalled. Excellent was my thought….. no really it was ;). I lost all the bridge mappings again. So I run out and get a powered USB hub which stopped windows from reinstalling at reboot. I think I am well on my way now, hehe I should know better. Because of all the USB nics my CPU is sitting at 60% Idle! Gorilla Punch is all I felt hit me.

So as I am thinking of solutions since I don’t want to sink $2000 in 3 backbone routers and a 2621xm for R2 for home. Since I have the four switches here and all the USB ethernets I might run out and pick up a Mac Mini and try this again. There is a blog post on Groupstudy where the author did it with a Mac Mini after being told from Brian at Internetwork Expert to do it that way. So I think I might try this. I have Dynamips running great in Ubuntu, but USB nics for Linux are scarce from what I can find.