Month: October 2013

Server of Doom – Core hardware thoughts

I’ve been poking at the net and thinking about what hardware to use for the new server. I’ve not got any spare components, so I’ll be buying everything new, so I’ll be picking up components in small batches over the

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Server of Doom – Musings on the hardware

One of the reasons I like ZFS is the reliability of storing data on it – everything stored is checksummed and validated each time it’s read from the file system. Aether currently has a failed drive on the OS zpool,

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Server of Doom – Changing to the new package management system

I’ve spent a bit of time reading about FreeBSD and how it all works and it turns out that the old package management system (pkg_add and the like) is being phased out for the newer pkgng (next gen package system). A

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Server of Doom – Virtual Machine configuration

Having had some time to play with FreeBSD, I found out that I’d slightly messed up the installation: When I was setting the ZFS settings for the various filesystems making up the installation, where I should have typed: # zfs

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Server of Doom – Virtual Machine installation

Having poked around the net for a day or so, I’ve decided that FreeBSD should be the OS for the Server of Doom (I’m not sure on a ‘proper’ name yet, so SoD will suffice for now!) and I’m looking

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Server of Doom plan

My current set-up at home is beginning to appear a little machine heavy – I’ve got aether (file server), tartarus (email/web server/gateway/misc), chronos (XBMC machine), eve (gaming machine) and thanatos (laptop). I’m thinking that I can get a single machine

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Migrating away from Google

It’s been on my mind for a while that I should probably migrate away from Google – mostly because I’d prefer to control my own data, but also for the fun that setting up everything would be. I’ve done the

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