Sat 18 November 2017

Filed under Networking

Tags networking


With a bunch of servers, it's necessary that they're named in a consistent manner. This article describes how the machines should be named.

Basic rule

A machine name should consist of the following three parts:

  • a unique identifier for the machine (Romaji of Japanese words in one Kanji, examples are given below)
  • the name of the ISP (e.g. vultr or linode)
  • the IATA code of the geographically closest airport (e.g. hnd for machines in Tokyo)

Examples for the Japanese words to be chosen

光(hikari)  影(kage)    日(hi)      月(tsuki)   雨(ame)     雪(yuki)    風(kaze)    嵐(arashi)
海(umi)     川(kawa)    山(yama)    空(sora)    森(mori)    池(ike)     滝(taki)    島(shima)
関(seki)    原(hara)    牧(maki)    崎(saki)    谷(tani)    岩(iwa)     垣(kaki)    塵(chiri)
岳(take)    稲(ina)     天(ama)     埴(hani)    堀(hori)    浜(hama)    浦(ura)     沢(sawa)

DNS rule for machines

Every machine should have A and AAAA (if any) records corresponding their full name under the domain, as well as CNAME records for their unique identifier for ease of access. The dig result for hikari.pku.pek is listed below as an example.

; <<>> DiG 9.11.2 <<>>
;; global options: +cmd
;; Got answer:
;; ->>HEADER<<- opcode: QUERY, status: NOERROR, id: 48767
;; flags: qr rd ra ad; QUERY: 1, ANSWER: 2, AUTHORITY: 0, ADDITIONAL: 1

; EDNS: version: 0, flags:; udp: 4096
; COOKIE: 6098f5d0466d72b4a19210815a0fbc9fecbc66d47b912c6a (good)
;       IN  A


;; Query time: 2 msec
;; WHEN:  11月 18 12:52:46 CST 2017
;; MSG SIZE  rcvd: 152

Application domain names (e.g. should be pointed to the short CNAME record (e.g.


Wed 15 November 2017

Filed under Networking

Tags networking gre mpls iproute2


MPLS can be used for prioritizing traffic, which will be used in JSteward Tech's routing policy. This article works out how to label packets with MPLS and switch according to packets between two host connected by a GRE tunnel.

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Full MPLS support wasn't present in Linux …

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Sat 11 November 2017

Filed under Networking

Tags networking infrastructure


As the number of machines I manage increase gradually, it has become a necessity to connect the machines together through secure, reliable tunnels, thus forming an internal network. A private network can have the following advantages:

  • Ease of configuring services that involve multiple machines, such as a databases and …
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Fri 10 November 2017

Filed under Networking

Tags networking gentoo


On a machine with native IPv6 that's working quite well (e.g. CERNET2), it's usually desirable to set the host's default IPv6 route to go through native IPv6. Yet the cheap /48 address block offered by HE Tunnelbroker can be useful if one wishes to assign IPv6 addresses through …

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