CCIE Dynamips Server

These past two days have been a pain in my ass with these Quad NICS. I have had some moments were I have raged on networking equipment or machines but I have never been so frustrated. Long story short with older quad NICS some will show up as one MAC address for four NICS. So of course Fedora(Dynamips OS) Freaks out on its ifconfig and gives it 4 interfaces with the same MAC for example…

eth8-eth7 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 00:03:BA:6D:76:AA
eth6-eth7 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 00:03:BA:6D:76:AA
eth5-eth7 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 00:03:BA:6D:76:AA
eth7 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 00:03:BA:6D:76:AA

after days of dropping the drive, manually adding mac addresses, not loading the driver in the Kernel I just about decided to just purchase another few. I was extremely lucky I found out a place that has 4 of them needed. They happened to have the Sun 501-4366. I found that the Sun quad NICs with a Intel chipset work great, I am even running a 64 bit OS Fedora Core 14 without any issues. So these other NICs I purchase I put the first one in and it worked…. I really did not want to test the other 3 I was just happy it worked.

So I have everything plugged in from each one of my nics according to the following topology from INE.

INE topology

Here is what it looks like in my new place.
My topology

Here is my cost sheet.

Total Cost

Dynamips Server

AMDX4 3.2ghz
2TB Hard drive
3xQuad Nic Sun 501-4366 NICS(would not recommend)

Mobo – > BIOSTAR A770E3 AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard – > 79.99

PS – > hec XPOWER780 600W(780W Peak) ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.91 SLI NVIDIA HYBRID-SLI Certified CrossFire Certified Active PFC Power Supply – > 59.99

CPU – > AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ955FBGMBOX – > 159.99

Case – > HEC Blitz Black Steel Edition ATX Mid Tower Computer Chassis Gaming Case w/ Front Blue LED 120mm Fan & Top 120mm Fan – > 59.99

Memory – > G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9T-6GBNQ – > 99.99

2TB drive – > 99.99

SUN 501-4366 Quad NICS – > initnially purchased 3 2 worked, then purchased 4 more I spent 100 total for all 7. – > 100



Network Gear

Cisco 2511/w 2 octal cables – > local Craigslist add 6 months ago purchased this for $125
4x3550s – > All ebay deals purchased each for 125 shipped 4×125 = 500
100 feet of cable + 75 RJ45’s = home depot ftw!! 20 for the cable 16 for 75 RJ45s = 36






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