(Trying to) Upgrade memory in ESXi server

April 13, 2015

My ESXi server has been faithfully serving me for the past five years. As noted previously, it has just 8GB of ram installed (4x2GB). No, you did not misread that; eight gigabytes. This has been fine for my needs as the virtual machines running are not ram-hungry. The 2003 server, vortexbox, Openmediavault and an XubuntuLTS […]


The backup GPT table is not at the end of the disk, as it should be.

January 11, 2015
Tags: ,

I began seeing an error in my vkernel logs in ESXi. The backup GPT table is not at the end of the disk, as it should be. This might mean that another operating system believes the disk is smaller. Fix, by moving the backup to the end (and removing the old backup)? This will also […]


Open Media Vault (OMV) on my ESXi server

January 10, 2015
Tags: ,

Background Openfiler had been serving me reliably for about four years but had begun to seriously slow down as my media pool grew. My project of ripping all my DVDs and BluRays to the pool had slowly increased the pool size. The data was spread across three independent drives in the server (I don’t use […]


Plex Media Server (follow-up)

October 10, 2012
Tags: ,

Roku encoding all our movies A couple weeks ago we installed a Roku with a Plex channel on it so we can access our home media archive from the bedroom TV (and our mobile devices). I have discovered over the past two weeks that none of our files can be direct-played on the Roku; they […]


Connect to Windows 2008 R2 NFS Datastore from ESXi 4.1

July 4, 2012

Background I had been successfully backing up to a NFS Datastore on my backup server running XP for the past year. Hardware issues began to crop up on the server (which was a hodgepodge of parts, most of which were at least seven years old) which necessitated a rebuild. A new motherboard, CPU and 8GB […]


Ripping CDS to FLAC using Vortexbox in a VM connected to OpenFiler NAS

February 10, 2011

My project the last several weeks has been to rip my CD collection to FLAC. This is so I have electronic backups of all my music, as well as to allow it to be easily played on the sound systems in the house. My previous post described how I set about ripping. This post will […]