stories from the trenches.. vmware, san, backups and general hacking

16 May


The battery life of my previous work laptop, the T460s (first impressions -review here) had become abysmal after about two years of use. I tried to find a solution, but since the batteries are non-replaceable without surgical procedures, the only option would have been to get something like an external battery to keep using it. […]

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30 Mar

(816) 415-7208

As a somewhat ambivalent user of a Lenovo Thinkpad T460s laptop loaded with Windows 10 Enterprise and latest updates. After the Fall 2017 Creators update from Microsoft, the built in 4G Modem, a Sierra Wireless EM7455 stopped working. But not in an obvious way. You could still connect the 4G modem, and you’d have “bars” […]

(828) 696-2207
19 May


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 […]

18 Apr

Home Lab Xeon

The current home lab setup consists of an Intel Core i3-2100 with 16GB of DDR3, a USB drive for ESXi (on 6.5 right now) and a 3TB WD for the VMs. While the Intel i3 performs perfectly for my needs, I came across a Xeon E3-1220 (SR00F, Ivy Bridge), which should be even better! For […]

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25 Apr

Lenovo Thinkpad T460s First Impressions

I recently switched laptops from the T440s to the T460s. I’ve long been a fan of the Thinkpads, both during the IBM period and the Lenovo reign of late. The T440s was a bit of a mistake in my opinion. Sure it performed as you’d expect, but the mouse was a huge pile of dung, […]

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20 Mar

(517) 357-4198

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 […]