Well,

The wife and I have found out that we are having a boy.  We have a name picked out, but aren’t telling anyone.  Here are some Ultrasound pictures for you though.MCCLOUDHEIDIM20140714090329010MCCLOUDHEIDIM20140714090941879MCCLOUDHEIDIM20140714091808304MCCLOUDHEIDIM20140714091914467MCCLOUDHEIDIM20140714092305357MCCLOUDHEIDIM20140714092321988MCCLOUDHEIDIM20140714092547465MCCLOUDHEIDIM20140714093923185MCCLOUDHEIDIM20140714094609682MCCLOUDHEIDIM20140714094627675

Good god, my mother is really starting to get on my nerves.  She has decided that she has to be the first to learn if my wife and I are having a boy or girl.  However, we have told her repeatedly that everyone will learn at the same damn time (or as close as humanly possible).  We are throwing a “family picnic” to announce it.  I mean, is it that hard to understand?!?!?!?!?!?!?

Ok,

I have decided on the final list of parts for a new home server (for now that is :D).

All running ESXi with an OmniOS+napp-it, FreeNAS or NAS4Free VM serving as the data store for the other VMs.  If I go with OmniOS+napp-it then I will also have 2x40GB HDDs in a ZFS mirror to boot it from.

Other VMs are as follows

  • pfSense firewall
  • Plex, PlexConnect & CrashPlan
  • PBX in a Flash

The hardware is probably overkill for the VMs I’ll run on it, but that is fine by me.  I’d rather have it be overkill then not fast enough.

Well, I’m loving my UniFi AP at home.  Even though it only has a 10/100 Mbps network port I cannot notice a difference transferring files to & from WiFi devices & my home server from when I had my Gigabit Belkin router.  I can only imagine how fast it would be if I had the UniFi Pro AP.  That will have to wait until I have a house (although I will probably get AC by then).

I have now upgraded my WiFi at home to enterprise grade WiFi.  I am now running a Ubiquiti UniFi AP.  It’s a little harder to setup, but it is well worth it for the performance it is providing already.  I am running the controller app in a FreeBSD Jail on my NAS4Free box.  Made it a little more difficult to do the initial setup, but its working great.  Trying to decide if I want to setup FreeRADIUS somewhere at home (probably another jail) and use RADIUS authentication for the WiFi or not.  I know it would confuse people, but I kinda want to so I can also integrate it into LDAP for my network shares & Windows logins……

Well, I have come to the conclusion that it is time to start saving to build a new home server.  My N40L has served me well, but it is getting slow.  I won’t get rid of it, I will just relegate it to pfSense duties.  I’ll just need to add a single Gigabit NIC to it and it will be good to go.

New home server will consist of the following new parts.  HDDs & boot USB will come from my N40L.

The Xeon might seem like overkill, but Plex takes some power to transcode so it will be used.

Well,

Going through my old pictures today I found pictures of my 1991 Jeep Cherokee (XJ) after its fatal accident.  Still have no clue how I managed to survive it but I am glad I did.

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Moving has got to be my least favorite activity of all time.  The packing of all your crap, then moving it to a staging area (in my case, down three flights of stairs to the garage), then loading it into a uHaul, then unloading (in my case up to the 2nd floor).  There is also all the fun of making sure you get everything hooked up & stuff……Currently hoping that we don’t get a blizzard on moving day, but with the weather so far, its possible.