7 May

VSS to DVS – a tale

Recently, me and a colleague were working on upgrading parts of a VMWare infrastructure from a mostly 1 Gbps network configuration to a mostly 10 Gbps network configuration as well as adding a 10G vMotion network. Cabling was already done at this point, but I’ll list the configuration below for posterity: 4 hosts Each host […]

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19 May

Patching ScaleIO 2.0 VMware Hosts

Recently did an ESXi patch run, along with some BIOS and firmware updates on a ScaleIO 2.x environment (more precisely 2.0.5014.0). The environment consists of some Dell PowerEdge servers, some of which are ESXi 6.0 build 3380124, some are Linux based, non-virtualized hosts. Luckily this environment was ScaleIO 2.x, because this version has a real maintenance […]

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20 Mar

MicroATX Home Server Build– Part 4

After a longish break, here’s the next installment! So the server has been in production now since last September, and is running very well. After the previous post, this is what’s happened: Installed ESXi 6.0 update 1 + some post u1 patches Installed three VMs: Openbsd 5.8 PF router/firewall machine, Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview […]

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27 Sep

MicroATX Home Server Build – Part 3

Because I am impatient, I went ahead and got a motherboard, processor and memory. The components that I purchased were: Asrock H61M-DGS R2.0 (Model: H61M R2.0/M/ASRK, Part No: 90-MXGSQ0-A0UAYZ) 16 GB (2x8GB) Kingston HyperX Fury memory (DDR3, 1600MHz, HX316C10FBK2/16, individual memories are detected as: KHX1600C10D3/8G) Intel i3-2100 (2 cores, with hyperthreading) I ended up with […]

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3 Sep

MicroATX Home Server Build – Part 1

Today I officially started my new home server build by ordering a case. The requirements for building a new home server are the following: It needs to be physically small It needs to be able to operate quietly It needs to utilize some current hardware to reduce cost It needs to be able to run […]

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