I will be in the process in the next couple of months to convert/change the format and backend of this site. It has been a fun ride, but what I started up years ago doesn’t really reflect anymore what I can/want to post. Micro blogging (via Twitter/Facebook/Google+) seems to be more popular (and rightfully so) and my tech info on here is sorely outdated. I may move the articles over (if realistic), but I imagine there won’t be a comment system, etc. Thanks all who read this and have given input.
This is more of a post for myself than anything else. 🙂
I plan on changing the format of redmutt.com. It will probably stay a tech blog, but I am contemplating more of a wiki format. I will try and convert what articles I have over and see what I can do with some of the comments. Most of the articles that were popular have died off (mostly Windows 2008 stuff), but every once and awhile I get somebody thanking for having the info up here.
I am thinking more of a format for like tech notes. I am also thinking about making it some type of open forum where people can comment (setup accounts, etc). Although I don’t want something high maintenance. I don’t have much time to micro manage people’s comments and spammers.
I am sure whatever I want to do won’t happen fast.
I am also toying with the idea of just letting the site expire. It is not a $ thing, just more of a hassle. In the last couple of years, I have had to deal with more server issues (and DNS) than this has been worth and multiple site hack attempts (why hack this site, I have no idea). When I started out, it was fun. Now, it feels more and more like work since I do this kinda of stuff 40+ hours a week already.
Like I said, whatever I do won’t happen fast (or not at all 🙂 ).
Comments? Words of encouragement/discouragement? Please speak up. I still look at new comments as they come in.
Yeah, my bad. Well I would like to update more, but I have to admit with Twitter and Google+ it is hard to since most of the stuff I want to say/do can be summed up rather quickly.
Well, I still do want to keep the site around (for many reasons) and am trying to think of longer articles to post. Really.
Currently tech/job wise I am working fulltime on Linux/Unix. I literally have not touched a Windows box in months. I know my site has a lot to do with Windows server, but I don’t even use it any more. I renewed my TechNet for last year, but when the renewal comes up in July, I am not sure I want to plunk down $250 for another year. I don’t even use the Windows 7 install on my dual boot machine anymore, only to use something like iTunes.
At work I am using a Mac Book Pro for everything and honestly, loving it. Sure it has it quirks, but man, it just seems more in tuned with what I need to work with. Fortunately all the apps that I have need so far have not required me to use an iTunes account.
One product I have been working with in my spare time has been Proxmox. I still have my VMware ESXi 5.1 server, but seriously considering converting it over to Proxmox. I have been currently using it on a spare box I have so I have been having fun with that.
Well, when I have more, I will write it up.
Turns out I was offline for a few weeks. My domain provider had a “clerical” error on their end and I was shut off. Finally resolved. Sorry for any inconveniences to anybody.
I was lucky to have some free time over the last couple of weeks and upgraded my lab environment to vSphere ESXi 5.0. Just a little background on my home environment, it is a Dell PowerEdge T105. As usual, I checked the HCL list on VMware’s site to see it it was on there for 5.0. It was not, but I did a bunch of googling and saw that many people were successful in installing/upgrading on hardware that was on the 4.x HCL. I figured since I installed all of this on a USB key, that worse case scenario, I just re-install 4.1 if it FUBAR my server. My VMs (important ones) where on an eSATA datastore drive array, so I felt pretty safe. Also one of my goals was to screen shot the upgrade, but alas if anybody saw my twitter when I did this, the install went so quickly, I wasn’t able to take anything useful.
Anyways, I am happy to say that the upgrade worked great, all of my VMs fired up and was able to start upgrading the VMtools on machines that were using it. So on to playing with some of the new features. First thing I tried was enabling the USB connection on my server for VMs. I had an older USB legacy IDE drive enclosure around (about a TB) from my old Windows 2003 server. I always had to plug it into a workstation to pull up anything on it, a real pain. It was primarily setup for simple backups or stuff I just didn’t want laying around on cramped disk space workstations, so it was something I would like running off a server if possible. Well I turned it on the device, added the USB virtual hardware to my Windows 2008 R2 VM, and the popup in the system tray found it right away. I was browsing the drive within a minute. Nice! For anybody that wants a quick write on adding USB devices, here you go from TechnoDrone. Once I clean up the drives, I want to test it out on my FreeNAS VM.
Also, for the curious, I found there is a way to run ESXi 5.0 within your existing 4.1 environment in case you do not have the available hardware, or just would like to do a POC. I was initially thinking of doing this, but just went for the whole enchilada since this was only a test lab. Also, if you were thinking of doing Hyper-V within ESXi 5.0, yep, supposedly doable as well. Also note, they say it works with VMware Workstation 8 as well (which I would love to get my hands on and work with).
What I would like to do for testing, is you my Dell T105 as one environment, and my laptop as another. My laptop has 8gigs of RAM so I can setup a modest/scaled down box so I can run through vMotion and Storage vMotion scenarios. I have a gigabit Dell 2808 PowerConnect switch and a gigabit Ethernet port on my laptop, so I am hopeful I can get some decent speed out of that environment.