Author: michaelf

Disabling Windows 10 Upgrade Notification

I still run Windows 7 in some places, and I am sick of being asked to upgrade to Windows 10. I noticed Microsoft published a regkey that can be created to turn off the Windows 10 Upgrade Notification.

I’ve used this on a Windows 7 Home x64 machine and this worked to do just that.

You can find the details on how to perform this in the post here.

Synology DSM 5.2 – How much has it changed

Been a long time since I ran a Synology NAS. So it’s been a little while since I seen DSM. Just purchased a Synology DS215j so that I could increase our storage capacity a little, since another 2TB RAID1 NAS is full pretty much.

Below is a screen capture of DSM 5.2 logon screen (I removed the Date/Time widget from the left corner – which is on by default);

Synology DSM 5.2 Logon Screen

Below is the initial Management Screen upon logon.

Synology DSM 5.2 Management

I should point out that I wasn’t able to have the Synology DS215j show up on network when it had 2 drives installed. It was never visible to the Synology Assistant application to install DSM for the first time. However, as I determined from my research at the Synology Forums. You can boot the unit with only the 1st drive installed and perform the installation and add the 2nd drive when done (and expand it to create protected storage pool).

I am waiting on the drive expansion process to complete, and will do further configuration. When that finally completes I will create shares and move some data onto the unit. Want to also enable NFS server too.

Synology DSM 5.2 - Storage Manager

unRAID 6 from Lime Technology is simply amazing

I’ve managed to play around with unRAID 6.1.7 from Lime Technology a little further and I cannot describe just how good this product appears to be.

The fact that you can install plugins, enable Virtualization (uses KVM) and enable/install Docker (and have access to a large number of Docker images). This impresses me so much. This software gives you so much flexibility in what a computer running unRAID can be allowed to do and perform.

While I do think a traditional NAS appliance still has it’s place in the market, if you want something a bit more, unRAID is certainly the goods in that department.

Below is a few screen grabs from my demo/test install which I am using a trial key/license.

unRAID 6.1.7 - Dashboard

unRAID 6.1.7 - Main

unRAID 6.1.7 - Plugins

unRAID 6.1.7 - Docker

unRAID 6.1.7 - Docker - Manage Docker Images

The way in which you can manage the Docker images when installed and enabled via the Web UI is simply amazing (as shown above). It seems to work so very well and a user with very little experience can be running these within a very short amount of time.

Highly recommend you check out the follow thread here on the Lime Technology forums on what community contributed Docker templates have been made available.

Internet Connectivity – State of affairs

The Internet Connectivity that we can obtain in various parts of Sydney is honestly a bad point for some and I can honestly understand.

My estate as a majority has no NBN and is not scheduled to have a build phase of the infrastructure. Our copper phone service is delivered via Telstra and comes in via RIM. When I first moved in about 8 years ago after building our first house here, we had no internet at all for 6 months. As unfortunately no ADSL was available. Eventually the RIM was upgraded to enable this, and it was a struggle to get a service at all. Back in those days, developers didn’t think about connectivity like they do now, which is a shame to be honest. Our phone infrastructure eventually got upgraded to have ADSL2+. Honestly that was a shock to me at the time. Infrastructure was so at capacity I believe people in my estate are left with no way to get ADSL due to limited capacity of ports in the RIM. The last stage in this estate actually got NBN, and that probably around 50 or more houses I suspect. But for the majority of us we either don’t have any ADSL or have to put up with the service as per below;

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Also did I mention that we can’t get a naked ADSL service. Which sucks badly as I don’t even use my phone service that much, if not at all.

Meanwhile, NBN has been rolling out in other areas out this way and below is the service my mother can get in an older area, which I reckon is pretty great. Her upload speed absolutely slams my download speed.

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Our government is so behind the times, I am not surprised some people are so critical over the issues associated with NBN Co and the dramas along the way with its deployments about the place.

All I can say is I am so looking forward to moving in the next 3-4 months, we purchased some land a while back and have been in the process of building a new house. The new hosing estate where this is happening is an Opticomm estate where Internet and FTA television services are provided over FTTH (Fibre to the home).

I plan on moving my iiNet ADSL2+ service to the FTTH service they offer. Also plan on going the 100Mbps/50Mbps service speed too. Will be sure to post back on the progress of this over the coming months including hopefully some good speedtest screen captures.

House Construction – Garage Cabling

Today I had a walk through of our new house to check on the position of cables as done by the electrician. It was a good idea to do this and I know why they arrange it. As I was able to see a couple of issues which could be addressed now before the internal gyprock walls start to be installed.

I took a quick photo below which shows where all our TV points and CAT6 cables will terminate. The white conduit you see coming in to this position is coming from the street where the FTTH pit is. Really looking forward to high speed internet.

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unRaid – Lime Technology

I am presently looking to test unRaid from Lime Technology. Soon as I get my recommended 16GB Sandisk Cruzer Fit I will be installing it and attempting to run a few tests. The thing that has got my attention is the Docker, KVM and plugins. Being able to use it with Plex Media Server is a big win too.

Will be sure to post back when I have started to play around. If things go well the plan will be to buy a large parity drive, so that this drive will be the largest drive I can subsequently purchase going forward as I expand the system by upto 4 drives and replace 2 of the original 3TB drives it will start life with.

Will be talking about hardware in coming posts.

Intel NUC under desk mounting

Finally got around to mounting the Intel NUC under my desk. Put it in a position where I can still access it as needed, but this gets it off the desk out of the way.

I used an extra bit of timber, as the screws I had were a little longer than required, so this buffers out that space so they don’t come through the top side of the desk. I also screwed it up using the 75×75 vesa mount position, as using the 100×100 vesa position made the machine a bit free to move.

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Turned out quite awesome. Now i just need to tidy the cables out the back and get them lifted up with something so they don’t hang with that weight out of rear.

Currently working out a design to build a nice under mount shelve for some hardware at the back of the desk, since these old Ikea Galant desks have significant depth to them.

ESXi Whitebox

Wanted to share my success in the installation of ESXi 6.0 onto some generic hardware. This is typically know as an ESXi Whitebox.

I purchased an Asus B85M-G mainboard which has supported onboard sata controllers, however the onboard Realtek driver needs to inserted using the creation of some custom installation media. But it too will work following that process.

To create the custom installation media you will need to use ESXi Customizer which can be found over here. The process was very easy. You’ll also need to grab the net55-r8168 offline bundle which can be found here and the entire process I covered is documented here.

The Asus B85M-G mainboard will give you 6 x sata ports with 2 x pcie x1 slots and an pcie x16 slot. Board can take 4 x DDR3 memory chips for a total of 32GB. Should make a reasonable home ESXi Whitebox for many.

If you need some additional network ports, I noticed in the post here, that some folks suggest you can buy HP NC360T dual network cards and hack them to be used in the pcie x1 slots. I haven’t got one of these yet to attempt it, but I might consider it. As using up those slots and leaving the pcie x16 available for a hardware raid card with battery backup would be ideal.

Below is a screen capture showing the network card as being detected and used by the installation.

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