I use Tor onion services (location-hidden services) to manage a lot of my servers, since some are behind NAT or have dynamic IP addresses and onion services do excellent NAT traversal and allow access without knowing IP addresses. Alas, for security reasons the older v2-style onion addresses will deprecate in 11 days. I thought it would be trivial to generate v3 addresses for all my servers, and for most it was, but I ran into some grief.
The Junkyard Server Farm has grown up. The primary data center has over 30 servers and serves a number of diverse users. As it has grown from a couple of old, junked machines on a desk, to taking up most of a walk-in closet, to a growing motley collection of machines on the floor, to getting a formal equipment rack (not a 19″ EIA rack; rack mount equipment is still way too overpriced for us), I have had opportunity to re-cable everything. Between times, as machines get added or replaced and new networking requirements (IPv6!) come into play, cables get added without the benefit of careful dressing through established channels, and things begin to look rather a mess.
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— Ron – 22 Nov 2007
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