Wednesday, August 02, 2006

netscaler EE9000 based on Freebsd 4.9

courtesy of a friend, I borrowed a Netscaler (now Citrix) EE9000 load balancer. An 80G SATA drive at the rear end of the pizza-box and a 256M CompactFlash card too. pretty amusing the 'quick-start guide' doesn't say these network configuration is targeted at which network socket. got to admit, it was quick glance.

connected the enclosed null modem serial cable (DB-9 to DB-9) to a nearby Linux boxen. power it up, logon, and saw 'uname -a' as below:
FreeBSD ns 4.9-NETSCALER-6.1 FreeBSD 4.9-NETSCALER-6.1 .

This motivates me to search for pre-made image for VMware player. unfortunately, most sites only have FreeBSD 6.0 or 6.1. wonder if the difference worthy to do the download/install myself. I mainly want to have FreeBSD installation to test disaster recovery or read some man pages, and some 'dangerous' tricks a good system engineer won't attempt on a production server.

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