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About Mikensan

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  1. Once you've configured it the way you want, simply go into settings and export the config. Everytime you make a change, export the config. So when the USB dies, you can quickly get back up and running. As long as you don't put the system dataset on the USB, it will live a long while. Mine took about... 2-3 years to die (on 24/7).
  2. You could do what linus did, and buy a thundbolt docking station and run it to the server over fiber. Then using microsoft multipoint server or whatever hypervisor you want, assign those IO devices to specific VMs. RDP actually works quite well, are you having any specific issues with it? Also if this is for a lab, you always have the option of VMUG to get a full license for Horizon.
  3. When it plays the video, is the URL using an IP address, localhost, or a DNS name? Timeout means what it sounds like, it tried to reach the resource and couldn't. Is the IIS website bound or a specific IP?
  4. oh I think I'm losing it, maybe it was the whonnock server I'm thinking of - I could've sword they had another server die that was running gluster and it was too hard for them to figure out (or maybe it was just the initial configuration)...
  5. What was he running on the 45 drive machine that went down a while back? I know his wannaco (or whatever the name is) went down a while back too - I think that one was their weird windows / card solution?
  6. SSL protects the data in transit, not the server itself. Large portion of websites are hosted on apache, so I would read some hardening guides, separate it from the rest of your network, and go for it. There are probably a few scripts you can run that will walk through and secure apache. If you use Nextcloud (fork of owncloud, better IMO) they have a hardened OVA you can import into ESXi. I believe their docker varient is also secured. If your reverse proxy isn't secure but your apache server is, it almost defeats the purpose. Reverse proxies work great, just make sure you keep it + the apache server up to date.
  7. I never got a clear understanding whether or not they run hypervisors at LMG. I think their only needs are storage (file shares) and rendering - so not much else. They've shifted from one storage solution to another, though I'm not aware they ever used FreeNAS. Just GlusterFS for a short skinny and then unraid. Last I heard, they are overall just running unraid. He quickly moved away from GlusterFS once he had a node go down and required phone support to recover his data. GlusterFS is a solution to spread out your storage for both redundancy and availability. You can slide the scale via configuration for which is more important. Any speed benefit is merely a side-effect and not the main objective (aside from storage being locally redundant). Think of it similar to a CDN. FreeNAS is a general all purpose storage solution with a GUI backed by ZFS. A lot of storage solutions are offering ZFS because of the data integrity it offers. FreeNAS is well received because it's easy to use, offers many protocols, and has been proven as rock-solid. unRaid is a general all purpose storage solution with a GUI with a focus on virtual machines. Their raid solution is built for fault tolerance while minimizing data loss at the cost of speed. It round-robins files between the disks, instead of writing a single file across many disks. Write speeds can be inflated when you're writing multiple files and the raid has multiple disks. Write speed can also be improved with a SSD buffer. HyperV is a great solution if you just need VMs and not much ealse - free and point and click. Personally not a fan though. ESXi is a great solution for a little more fine-tuning (especially networking) that can be done through the GUI. It also scales out very easily and quickly. Proxmox is a mixture of the two in my opinion, lot of features but maybe you have to drop down to command line once in a while for certain things. There is no cookie cutter answer for what solution works best for each field of work. Each business is unique in how they want to protect their data, meet customer needs, and lean on technology for certain capabilities. So in the end what you have is a box of legos in which you simply need to know which each piece does, and assemble your own castle.
  8. If you're running ESXi, I'd just download nextcloud's OVA.
  9. You didn't mention your domain name, so in my first reply I just made one up to use in my replies. Just whatever your domain.name is.
  10. Do you see netlogon and sysvol when you browse to \\home.lab?
  11. Besides nslookup - is the client and DC on different subnets / vlans? There is quite a large number of ports needed between the two.
  12. pretending your domain is home.lab, have you tried nslookup home.lab?
  13. I would look at switching to nextcloud, FTP can be a bit of a nightmare honestly. Nextcloud will allow you to create share-able links, both with and without passwords.
  14. The importance of defrag'ing manually hasn't been relevant since the early 2000s in all honesty. Since Windows Vista, windows has been auto-defragging to keep everything in tip-top shape. Now as a jaded bitter old man (ish), drive health is a crapshoot. They either will last you, or they won't. Modern drives are smart enough to mark bad/shitty sectors as unusable, so I wouldn't expect performance to dergade regardless of how you use it. At least not in leaps and bounds. In regards to your 100-200gb file, windows store bits of it in RAM (physical or virtual) while it plays musical chairs. My 8TB external has 300gb left, which is what 4%? I'm still getting upwards of 150mbyte/s. I have definitely been removing/adding files of various sizes over the past year, so if it were 2001 I'd expect my seek times to be measured in seconds and speeds to be halved lol. The reason you get conflicitng information is because people have been doing this for 20+ years and have a lot of knowledge spanning many iterations of technology.
  15. There's no turnkey solution, but most NASs (synology / qnap / etc) run on linux and have USB ports. I would look at their addons first (should be able to find them "synology addons") and see if there is already something. If there is such an addon, you'd just buy a SD card reader and plug 'er in. There's probably already a debian based package that will monitor for removable media and pull files off of it, this would require a little more on your part.