After getting fed up with some issues I have been having with pfSense, I’m switching to Zeroshell. I’ve done some testing in a VM environment and it works pretty well for what I need. It is a Linux distribution for servers and embedded devices aimed at providing the main network services a LAN requires.
I got my Google Cardboard kit today. After putting it together and then hacking it up I am glad it wasn’t that expensive. I get a nice headache from using it, however that could be due to the fact that my phone is really to big for it. I have a larger cardboard only kit on the way that is designed for 5” & larger phones. That should hopefully make it a little easier to use. If not, I’m sure the nephews will love seeing it so that is ok.
I am hoping new Bing Rewards account doesn’t get closed down on me. Not like I will make a lot off of it, but anything is better than nothing. It will get me closer to new HDDs for the home server (that I am still unsure what I will do with). Will also get the wife & I an Amazon Mom (think Prime but better if you have kids) account. If you want to sign up for Bing Rewards, please use this link so I get a boost when you reach Silver Status.
Since I just realized that my prior parts list had some issues, specifically a µATX motherboard and a Mini-ITX case & a LGA1155 CPU instead of a LGA1150 CPU. The new list is as follows.
- Supermicro X10SL7-F motherboard
- Xeon E3-1230V3
- 4x 2TB White Label HDDs (Unless the 4TB HDDs are back in stock)
- Crucial 2x8GB Kit
- Fractal Design Define R4
- Corsair CS450M PSU
- Monoprice 18″ locking SATA cables
This will give me the ability to still have 12 hot-swap drive bays and with a little extra work 2 2.5” bays as well (since I will have so much extra room). If I go w/ OmniOS instead of FreeNAS or NAS4Free then I will get two small SSDs for booting and mount them internally somewhere. I am considering ESXi and virtualizing everything for my home network in one server but I haven’t decided yet. If I go that route, then I will need at least one addon NIC for pfSense and one for my Plex/PlexConnect/UniFi Controller machine.
Well, my wife has said its time to sell my 1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee. For me, its hard because I form strong emotional attachments to my cars. In the 6 years I’ve owned it, it has given many a ride to my nephews (who love my big black Jeep w/ its louder than stock exhaust) and been called Mr Lucy by a niece (wife calls her Explorer Lucy). I also know it will be a long time before we can afford another Jeep because my wife has said I can only get one when we can afford a new one I’d really love a new GC w/ a V6 turbo diesel, but it also seems wrong that the new GS have IFS & IRS when I’ve only owned Jeeps with a solid axle front & rear……
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?!?!?!?!?!?!?
I have decided on the final list of parts for a new home server (for now that is :D).
- 24GB RAM consisting of 2x8GB & 2x4GB (existing)
- Intel Xeon E3-1230V3
- Silverstone DS380B Case
- Silverstone 450 Watt SFX PSU
- Silverstone short cable set for PSU
- Supermicro X10SL7-F
- Rosewill RNG-407-Dual Dual Port Gigabit NIC (for pfSense use using passthrough to VM).
- 4 1TB green HDDs (existing) in a ZFS striped mirror
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.