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I'm a freelance Enterprise IT consultant based in Perth, Australia.

I currently specialise in server consolidation, performance analysis, storage design and configuration, system monitoring, and high-availability architectures. In the past I've been a programmer, system administrator, systems architect, and vendor liaison.

I have designed, configured, troubleshot, programmed on and managed systems including several flavours of Solaris, Linux, VMware, and Windows Server. I have also designed, configured and integrated disk storage from Engenio, Sun, HDS, and EMC for use in heterogeneous environments, and tape storage from StorageTek (now Oracle), including backup servers and petabyte-scale HSM systems.

In 2008 I completed an MBA at the University of Western Australia in which I received several awards and prizes. With the MBA I gained an understanding of business requirements, project management, market analysis and product lifecycles.

If you'd like to enquire about engaging me for a project, please get in touch at tom.shaw<at>solidsystems.com.au.


Oct
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answered Refresh ipfilter configuration while keeping state
Oct
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asked Refresh ipfilter configuration while keeping state
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awarded  Autobiographer
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comment Having public IP addresses for computers in private network
Updated to say "built-in security of a private address". I agree that NAT itself doesn't provide security. The point I was making is that a public address is accessible from the internet unless it is blocked (e.g. a firewall), whereas a private address is not accessible from the internet unless you specifically make it accessible (e.g. permissive NAT or port forwarding).
Aug
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revised Having public IP addresses for computers in private network
Removed "built-in security of NAT" because NAT itself doesn't provide the security
Aug
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awarded  Nice Answer
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awarded  Popular Question
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awarded  Yearling
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awarded  Yearling
Sep
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comment ZFS (NexentaStor) and 4k Advanced Format Partition Alignment
Thanks @PatJames - it looks like solarismen.de has changed to solaris.kuehnke.de, so I have updated the links
Sep
22
revised ZFS (NexentaStor) and 4k Advanced Format Partition Alignment
Updated the Solarismen links
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awarded  Yearling
Mar
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answered LDAP auth in Ubuntu PAM?
Nov
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accepted Filesystem space available using SNMP
Nov
28
asked Filesystem space available using SNMP
Oct
16
comment ZFS - setting physical disk start point of pool/filesystem
You may actually end up with worse performance if you use slices instead of whole disks, due to the way ZFS handles the disk write cache
Sep
27
comment HTTP download very very slow. FTP normal
On Linux I would use tracepath or traceroute --mtu. A bit of Googling brings up mturoute for Windows, so maybe mturoute -t yourhost.com will give you some more information.
Sep
27
answered Solaris: Offline a disk at a low level, without rebooting
Sep
27
comment HTTP download very very slow. FTP normal
Thanks for the update. As per my original answer, this is consistent with a Path MTU Discovery issue. You should make sure ICMP packets are not blocked by your hosting provider or by your own network.
Sep
26
comment HTTP download very very slow. FTP normal
If the download from the local machine is fine, it sounds like a network problem. You'll probably need to ask your hosting provider for help.