Tag: Hardware

New House – Hills Home Hub installation

Checked on the progress of the New House and noticed that Electrician has clearly been.

Electrician has come through and completed significant amount of finishing off. Powerpoints,  lights, light switches and Hills Home Hub.

I managed to get a picture of the Hills Home Hub as installed on the wall in the garage. All I need to to do is arrange the Opticomm FTTH installation when we get to a handover/move in date.

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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);

Below is the initial Management Screen upon logon.

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 – 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

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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Intel i3 NUC Update

The Intel i3 NUC is going great. It’s awesome to have 16GB of ram installed, and a 500GB laptop drive. I also put in a m.2 SSD from Samsung. It’s a fantastic machine for the form factor. I was surprised to find that it runs Minecraft well with the onboard Intel GPU.

I think I will be building another one in the next few months. First I need to probably consider setting up another NAS.

 

Intel i3 NUC

My Intel Celeron NUC has been a fairly good machine, however really wanted something with a little more CPU grunt. So sold off my Celeron based unit with ram (minus storage) and happen to pickup a week old i3 unit.

Will post my feedback on the differences once I have it setup and installed. I am considering populating the i3 NUC with 16gb ram, and a combination of m2 SSD + Laptop drive for storage (eventually).