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  1. I just noticed Microsoft Windows Storage Server 2008 was listed in my MSDN downloads. I've never actually seen this product. Has anyone used it? Any thoughts? I am currently on Openfiler which is probably the best Linux based NAS. (I know of FreeNAS). Openfiler's is solid once it is up and running, but the documentation is sparse and the developers are pretty grumpy and very fast to tell you your hardware is the problem and it "works on my machine"
  2. I sent memorydepot.com an email asking about these drives, how many erase cycles and if they use a wear leveling algorithm, I got a great response Most plug them in usb drives have less erase cycles but I am having trouble finding specifications documents. Anyone have any concrete numbers? I tried to attach the PDF he sent me but it looks like the forums block it, let me know if you really woudl like to see it.
  3. Can you post a link and the time at which Matt and Darren do this? I am pretty sure I have seen the episode but my memory is hazy. I think what they did is they took a regular USB back plate and didn't screw it into the back of the case, they just let it hang inside. The link to the product you posted is exactly the same as one I posted at the top of this thread. Using that versus Darrens method really isn't any different. It is just a bit more elegant because you don't have this wire dangling in there. The biggest difference between the DOM versus the hacked internal USB flash drive would be what IOSys mentioned, this DOM are usually created to withstand a lot more writes. And I guess that is probably the answer to my question. A DOM is just a flash/ssd based device that plugs directly into the motherboard.
  4. Yeah I see TONs of those types. But my motherboard DX58SO as phased out IDE ports. I also have plenty of extra USB ports so I would rather use one of those over my limited six SATA ports. I guess I am going to just spring the $100 for a 8 gig one.
  5. All flash drives, including the links to the ones I posted as well as the traditional USB plug in flash drives are SSDs.
  6. I have been wanting to grab a USB Disk on Module for my ESXi server that I can boot the machine from and run ESXi from. My main motivation for this is to free up a SATA port. For 8 gigs, it costs at least $100! http://www.memorydepot.com/ssd/listcat.asp?catid=usbh http://www.xpcgear.com/innodisk-deuf-08gu51c1.html (listed as discountinued) I am tempted to just grab a regular 32 gig flash drive and hook it up to a USB connector that will stay inside of the case. I haven't been able to find a ten pin to usb header adapter, just the ones on a cable that mount externally, but if such a thing existed that would be more elegant. (aha! found it http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...ECH-_-12200474) But what are the embdedded ones so expensive? They seem so handy.
  7. You are correct, but for someone who is new to virtualization I don't think my explanation is a bad way to get a grasp on how fast your VMs could potentially run in their best case scenerio. Which is to say your VM will never run as fast or faster than your host machine, but it will always run slower than your host. If he is on a machine where memory is shared with the video card, I doubt he has a beefy CPU. In that case I wouldn't expect a VM to run at more than half the hosts power and that is probably the best case for him.
  8. Looks like you can download it here http://www.techadvice.com/specs/files_dl.asp?fnid=242 Did anyone else read the subject and see "I broke" to the left then over on the right "hymen"?
  9. Interesting. What evidence links the neighbor to the emails?
  10. All operating systems suck. They each suck in different ways so no one is really better than the rest. Choose the one that sucks the least for what you will be doing with it. If someone gets defensive about their operating system then they are still in the honeymoon faze where the sucking is glorious, or they are just oblivious to the fact that their operating system is off sucking behind their back.
  11. You need much more ram. What type of CPU do you have? Some CPUs support an extended instruction set for virtualization, those CPUs are much faster. Here is a way to think about it, how fast is your computer normally? Now cut that in half when you load up your virtual machine because it is sharing your resources. Is that about the speed your VM is running at?
  12. I am trying to minimize hardware so I want to keep everything in one box, so no switch. I have a quad and a dual port nic so plenty of ports for my network. But unfortunatly it seems like using a switch is the answer if I want this sort of setup. Thanks, this clarifies the behavior I am seeing. I have now configured each port to be on its own subnet and its own gateway. Thanks, Firewall rules seem to be working to block WLAN to LAN. Is there any security concearn if I leave LAN to WLAN open?
  13. I am trying to learn more about networking and how to set up a network, specifically with VLANs. I believe VLANs are the answer to helping me bridge and isolate my network, but I am no expert on this topic so I could be way off. I have mentioned else where I am planning on sticking with eBox as my router/firewall. I have a quad port intel pro 1000 nic. eth0 is WAN, eth 1 & 2 will be internal and eth3 will be connected to a wireless router in bridged mode. I have a very small number of wired machines so I don't want to have an additional piece of hardware just for them, I'd rather plug them directly into the router because I have the ports there. (I also have additional ports but I want to get a smaller base configuration working first). In my first attempt I configured eth1 & 2 as and respectivly. I enabled DHCP (Yeah I know I could just use static IPs but I will also have VMs running on the client machines that I want to pick up IPs automatically) on eth1 to hand out IPs in the range. When machines were plugged into eth1 & 2 they got an IP but could not ping anything. I learned this was because having eth1 & 2 on the same subnet resulted in a routing issue. The solution was to place eth1 on and eth2 on After this change routing works. Now when eth3 comes into play on, clients are able to ping anything on the entire network, ie So I thought the answer might be VLANs. My wired VLAN was going to be and wireless When I gave eth1 and eth2 VLAN IPs of and I ran into the same exact routing problems. So it seems like I am missing a big understanding of exactly how VLANs, or something else, works. Can anyone enlighten me? Basically in the end I want my router to act as a switch and allow me to share connections between a few interfaces, but I also want to isolate other interfaces so they are on their own private lan.
  14. This is supported out of the box with eBox
  15. If I had more knowledge of FreeBSD it wouldn't be such an issue. But it is the one random occurrence where something will go wrong and I will know how to do something in linux but not freebsd that makes will frustrated to no end. This could be fixed with some learning, but I'd rather put that horsepower somewhere else. Vyatta does seem to be the most enterprise of the bunch. There is also a product called ClarkConenct which I came across and it looked like it was a competitor to Vyatta, but I don't think there is a free/community version anymore. Or if there is, they hide it very well. One little note about Vyatta that got under my skin, the word vyatta is suppose to mean open. I don't think it fits at all, I don't want my router/firewall to be open. I think they mean open in the open source sense, but the product isn't 100% open, more like 30% open.
  16. Yeah I really wish pfsense was linux based because I have heard great things about it. Ultimately it comes down to me being stubborn. I know linux, I don't want to be bothered learning the subtle little differences like slices.
  17. A few weeks ago I started looking into every linux based router distrobution I could come across. FreeBSD is nice, but I like to stick to Linux so that means monowall and pfsense are out for me. IPCop is a fork of smoothwall and both IPCop and smoothwall haven't been updated in over a year. I also came across this article http://neuro.me.uk/2008/03/05/no-more-smoothwall-for-me/ And that pretty much put the nail in the coffin. I really hate when politics get in the way of making software. So to answer your question, I haven't used Smoothwall for the past two years, but I don't think much has changed. I very quickly looked into Vyatta but was dissapointed that it doesn't run on 64 bit hardware. That might be overkill for a router, but I am not living in the past, I have current hardware and I want everything to be 64 bit. Vyatta also seems to be highly targetted towards cisco replacements in enterprise environments. I decided to come back to Vyatta if all other distros fail me. Then I found Untangle. It is being activly developed, it runs on current hardware and the community is great. They have a ton of free addons and some paid ones that would only be needed in enterprise applications. Then I found out if your configuration isn't in line with their ideal configuration setup (ie only one internal network) then you are pretty much out of luck. If you only have two NICs then Untangle might work for you, but any extra NICS are useless. I only have a few machines which will be on my wired network so I don't want an additional switch to mess around with. So Untangle is out for me, but it gets the thumbs up. Now I am currently looking into eBox. This is an addon you install on top of Ubuntu. So far I am really impressed. It is being activly developed, has a decent (although slow) community and it seems to be the most open of all the other distros. You can take an existing install of Ubuntu and add a repo for eBox and install from there.
  18. Absolutely not. If I could have gotten a dual socket motherboard on the cheap I would have.
  19. I am almost finished setting up my virtual machine server. In light of episode 7x17 I am curious if anyone else has a virtual machine server at home. Ever since episode 5x19 I have been wanting one of my own, and now it is almost complete. My goal was to create something as quiet and powerful as possible. Functionally I wanted a virtual router, NAS and a playground. I want to put it in the closet and forget about it. Here is what I have so far. Most of the items were bought from eBay to keep the cost low, other things have been recycled. Case: Antec P182 Power Supply: Antec NEO ECO 400 Watt CPU: Intel Core i7 I7-930 2.8 GHz Motherboard: Intel DX58SO CPU Heatsink: Noctua NH-D14 running with low power adapters Hard Drives: - 2x Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 1 TB 7200 SATA 3.0Gb/s running as a raw drive for OpenFiler - 1x Western Digital Caviar Green 2TB SATA 3.0Gb/s running as a raw drive for OpenFiler - 1x Really old Maxtor 160 GB SATA 1.5Gb/s running as main drive for ESXi Memory: 2x Kingston 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1066 (soon to be 12GB, then 16GB). Video Card: G55-MDDE32F Matrox Millennium G550 PCIe 1x NIC: - INTEL PRO/1000 PT Quad Port Adapter for Untangle - INTEL PRO/1000 PT Dual Port Adapter for Untangle - On board NIC for management The next plan of action will be to replace that old Maxtor which is giving off a lot of heat with an SSD or if I can't get one cheap enough a traditional high speed drive. That should also be a huge performance boost. Then memory will get maxed out as prices come down later. So far I have the following OSes running -Backtrack 4 -Fedora 13 -Windows 7 (for .NET development and ESXi management since their interface is windows only) -Untangle - once I get everyting configured properly this machine will be my router/firewall. -OpenFiler - Network Attached Storage. Next I will be adding Ubuntu Latest and Windows Server 2008 R2. I have installed rdesktop on my regular desktop to access the machines and xrdp on the linux guests because it beats the pants off VNC. If anyone is interested I can get some pics later. For reference I needed to enable the unsupported ESXI service console so that I could map my drives as raw devices in OpenFiler, here are the tutorials I used. http://vmwaretips.com/wp/2008/10/20/access...ervice-console/ http://www.mattiasholm.com/node/33 ESXi is rocking out pretty great. I am jealous of Virtual Boxes build in RDP server through because I did have problems getting Fedora and sesman to play nicely.
  20. I found the article http://blog.ust.hk/martinl/2009/03/25/smoo...as-nat-on-esxi/ But if there are any better alternatives I am open to them, thanks!
  21. I know I have seen an article on this somewhere, but I can't find it, my google-fu is failing at the moment. I have a machine running ESXi with one quad and one dual port intel pro 1000 pt nics. ESXi will host a number of guests including one routing OS. This was going to be smoothwall, but I am leaning towards Untangle at the moment. The nics are assigned to the routing OS as PCI passthrough devices. I would like all of ESXi's guests (excluding smoothwall/untangle) to get IPs from the virtual smoothwall/untangle guest (ie all ESXi guest's network traffic will be routed through the smoothwall/untangle guest). How do I configure this?
  22. Sweet, thanks, this is the reassurance I was looking for. I am all about consolidation. Sweet motherboard Nice machine and the price is great, if I was going physical I'd probably do this.
  23. ESX hasn't been affected by these types of hacks, I think this is because ESX is a bare OS, nothing much to compromise.
  24. Can you give me more hardware details? Links? Server Porn? Sounds like you are doing a real server, I was considering that, but I also want a relatively quiet, low power drawing machine. I agree, but so far in practice I haven't seen hacks which were executed solely because of virtualization, have you?
  25. I really want to get a smoothwall box up and running to replace my routers. I also have an openfiler box set up for NAS. I am considering combining them on a beefy machine running ESX. And if I am running ESX, I will be making the most of it so I will have a windows and linux server running on there as well. One machine, four hosts. Here is the setup I am considering: Case: Casetronic TE-1160 Rackmount Mini-ITX Case http://www.logicsupply.com/products/te_1160 Motherboard: ZOTAC H55ITX-A-E LGA 1156 Intel H55 HDMI Mini ITX http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16813500043 CPU: Intel Core i7-860 Lynnfield 2.8GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16819115214 Memory: I'll start off with a 1x4gig then add a second when prices come down some. Ohh yeah and a quad port intel pci-express nic. Probably via ebay to keep costs down. So I will have eight threads to play with and eventually eight gigs of ram for four hosts. Seems like enough, but should I worry being that a core networking service (routing) is virtualized (and virtualized on a box with NAS, windows/linux servers)? Have any better recommendations?
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