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About Mikensan

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  1. Pfsense on Freenas

    Does your intel NUC's CPU support virtualization or VT-d? How much RAM does it have, pfsense would at minimum need 1gb. Since you do not have slots you may not be able to pass the disk controller through. Anytime you need to reboot the NUC for any reason at all, both your NAS and Firewall are going to reboot. Biggest issue I had with virtualizing pfsense was having to reboot the hypervisor on occasion.
  2. The hard way Minecraft server

    Flying blind kind of sucks but flying low it isn't so bad. Just depends on what you want - redstone circuits that hammer the single thread with low visibility, or proper redstone circuits and normal visibility. I'd suggest some plugins/mods to help compensate that have some basic redstone functionality built into single blocks. Bukkit had a plugin that allowed you to write on a sign which act as certain premade redstone circuits. Mostly logic gates but there were others too. This way you could control via the plugin how these signed behaved without having to fly to each base and observe circuits. I would also tell your friends to disable redstone circuits they aren't using, don't let them run at all times. 20GB - honestly it scales, I ran 20gb for a 50 person server running ~ 70 plugins, we were always full and chunks needed more RAM to be loaded into. Otherwise you get chunks running from disk which causes a lot of lag. Just more RAM = more spaces for chunks to reside in. Since you have so much I and the server is just for minecraft, might as well give it all but what the O/S uses. Ubuntu/Windows isn't going to run the server any better than the other really. Just overhead and available resources to dedicate to the java instance. Since M$ took over I'm surprised it hasn't been rewritten in silverlight / .net or some other M$ language.
  3. The hard way Minecraft server

    Yea certain redstone circuits are going to cause issues. On the server side reduce view distance to prevent so much crap loading on the server. Also increase the amount of ram the minecraft server can use, 20gb is pretty healthy. The redstone circuits that cause the most issues are the heartbeat ones, that flick on/off a lot repeatedly. Infinite loops essentially. Most people do this when they're creating sand blocks for example (I think it was sand).
  4. Confused About NAS

    Why build it, just buy a qnap or synology device. (even used) Cheap 2 disk Synology station will run you $150 or so. Otherwise all the DIY methods while fun, is going to have quite the learning curve. You could just use windows + storage spaces or FlexRAID. Backup? Buy an external hard drive bigger than your array or buy cloud storage. Putting your files in one place =/= backup. Be prepared to spend money. Disks aren't cheap.
  5. "Completed" Home Datacenter

    You will certainly hit the ground running for a majority of IT jobs out there depending on what you want to do (assuming it's in the IT field). I honestly did not know they offered certifications for Skype but then again why wouldn't they. Outside of the specifics for skype, learning the importance and understanding of high availability is very valuable and translates between technologies fairly well. Big kudos on that lesson, amazing what the availability of cheap enterprise equipment that's actually useful has done for those wanting to learn. When I was 20 the enterprise equipment available was still expensive and PIII based which meant you weren't virtualizing anything. Disk IOPS, bane of all our existence lol. Well even with local storage you could run some sort of replicated SAN giving you that "hyper converged" solution. VMware has vSAN, I feel like microsoft if not another vendor would have a solution. Unfortunately I'm a vmware guy so I don't know what the answer is but I'm sure there is one. Something to potentially play with anyway. @leadeater mentioned a hyperconverged OS once, nutanix I think it was, that would do this under their free/community license (I think). I honestly hadn't heard of Connectwise before, will have to take a gander into it. I'm liking the idea of a special veeam license, because I really like the software. I overlooked that you're running Hyper-V so I guess VDP wouldn't work for you, but I wouldn't call it a backup either. More of a disaster recovery solution. Personally my data is centralized on a NAS that just gets rsync'd. At work it's Backup Exec but we're looking at commvault. I hadn't heard of AppAssure / Rapid Recovery, just Avamar. I wonder if EMC will keep quest / absorb it, or what will happen. EMC is getting too big.
  6. "Completed" Home Datacenter

    Very cool setup, though I'm curious about the heavy interest in skype for business? I honestly had thought it was entirely hosted on microsoft servers, didn't know there was anything to host on premises. Definitely a ton of ram for your hypervisors, just make sure you don't over allocate CPUs per vm. Majority can get away with just 2 cpus. If you're not noticing any slowness or choppiness then nothing to worry about. Do the hypervisors have any shared storage (vsan / silo)? Beyond the router/firewall are you doing any sort of network monitoring / security (OSSEC / SELKS / PRTG / Nagios / etc..)? Are you using a NFR license for your veeam (my gripe is the single host limitation)? A nice alternative to veeam (albeit simpler) is vSphere Data Protection.
  7. Beyond mainstream acceptance, what does Discord offer over mIRC? Just voice? With thousands of people is voice really relevant?
  8. help setting up FreeNas

    Are you mounting it to a drive letter and then trying to backup to the drive letter? I don't think Windows Backup supports backing up to a UNC path. If you understand volume shadow copy / file versioning, read below. File history / Versioning will work for files that exist on the NAS, not files that exist on your PC and you'd like to put versions/history via VSS onto the NAS. If you're looking for file versions for files that exist (or ones you plan on putting) on the NAS, then use FreeNAS snapshots which will advertise the versions to windows so you can go to properties > previous versions.
  9. Connecting to Internet?

    how is vmware giving you a hard time? not really any different than anything else. Debian based would be easier.
  10. FreeNAS always stops working after some time

    Righto, it's not VMs that eat up RAM it's simple file transfers. ZFS uses RAM for cache. When you created your datasets, did you check the box "deduplication"?
  11. FreeNAS always stops working after some time

    Are you using deduplication? One very possible reason is you're only on 4gb of RAM, which "works" but RAM is used for more than just the OS, it's used for cache. It could just simply be running out of RAM.
  12. Interoffice Broadcast

    I'm not sure how reliant xibo/obs is on the power of the graphics card is, but the virtual graphics hardware is pretty weak.
  13. Just wanted to chime in about pfSense - even with top tier hardware the fastest record speeds (I could find) are ~4gbit/s. Software based routing just outright has limitations. I second what leadeater suggested - the only thing you really need 10gbit for is storage. Dedicate a machine to storage and just have 10gbit connections to it. Actual virtual machines don't need that kind of throughput. I have 10gbit between my ESXi servers and a storage server, but my personal desktop is only 1gbit. Movies I stream off the NAS itself so no real need for that large of a connection. Only advantage I could foresee is having a disk array that can do better than 200Mbyte/s and running games off it remotely... Speaking of which, have you made sure your disks arrays (future or current) are even capable of speeds worth the 10gbit investment? Your nvme disks will make good use it of, but if your spinners on the NAS can't break 200mbyte/s I don't foresee it being worth the headache.
  14. Home NAS - Best OS & File Permissions

    There's no need for active directory because you'd be the only one using it. No need for the rest of the household to use it. I'll use PSR either tonight or tomorrow and record what I'm talking about. That is robbery for chromecast, but I doubt you could buy it from a US vendor and import it any cheaper. Well if you have any gaming console they have Plex (Ps3/xbox360 and better) support. Or convert any old laptop into a media player (plex media player runs as a desktop application which you can then cast to).
  15. Free NAS vs. unRAID

    If you're just storing files and do not mind spending the money, I'd suggest unRaid. It's probably the prettiest and easiest to use. Otherwise there's nothing wrong with Windows + FlexRAID which a lot of people on here do as well (ultimately achieving what unRaid but has a little more overhead because of Windows). I also think unRaid has better VM/Docker management GUI wise than FreeNAS. (However I have dedicate hosts for VMs so I can't directly speak to this, just what I've observed). Personally I use FreeNAS and if you have the time and energy I'd suggest doing. However there are some minor hardware requirements/limitations to understand (briefly talked about above).