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Posted on 2013.05.06 at 00:00
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Armed with gkrellm and openSUSE 12.3 I have found the perfect use for my 8-core/32GB server - vbox guests. In addition to handling 90% of my web traffic (there is no sound card on the server, so video/sound sites are still handled on my desktop) I now have multiple Windows desktops and various linux distros as well as an OpenBSD bastion.

It wasn't fun, nor easy getting VirtualBox to work. I finally narrowed it down to the server's BIOS where the virtualization bit wasn't flipped (which of course required cracking the case and setting a hardware jumper). After that I couldn't keep vbox running until I lowered the memory configuration down from 16GB. Now all my vms have between 512MB & 8GB depending upon their specific application (and my tendency to run them as standalones or alongside other concurrently running vms.

I have also moved to lubuntu - the LXDE version of ubuntu. Ever since the pig won out over the tight 19-year old I've been a grinning idiot over the Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment. Ubuntu has been frustrating me solely because of its window manager. Its not just that I hate unity, its simply not designed for the environments in which I wish to use it. So now ubuntu and I are back on speaking terms. After all, SUSE and its derivatives don't have things like DKMS - but they did just add a clusterssh package, which means I no longer have to compile it from scratch.

The only post-Dartmouth issue I am personally experiencing is google-chrome crashing, bring X down with it every. single. time. Thus far I have not found a good workaround. So I'm using Firefox. Like I said, not a good workaround :(

I recently offered someone a login on my vps to tinker with code. But that's a poor idea compared to giving them root on a local vm! In the long run, using VirtualBox is not a sustainable plan of action. I need to rebuild my ESX server. Problem with that is my DL380 is dead, and it could not create 64-bit guests. Now that I'm saying this aloud, I wonder if I should turn my PowerEdge 2950 into an ESX server and use one of my DL360's as a local server? Yes, the wheels, they ever turn...

But this will probably all change by tomorrow :P


michelle1963 at 2013-05-06 12:55 (UTC) (Link)
That's the beauty of experimentation, you can tinker, you can change it up, you can try it this way and that, and start over from scratch. And eventually, you get a solution.

Hrm. I need a Tesla avatar.
jobu121 at 2013-05-06 14:39 (UTC) (Link)
Sounds like a good idea to turn the poweredge 2950 into an ESX server. I have a few of those here. But we are slowly migrating to a larger farm and will be decomming them.
ehowton at 2013-05-06 15:33 (UTC) (Link)
Can I have your sleds? With or without disks. I need sleds. I'll pay for shipping! There's a guy in Wichita on craigslist selling one for $250 that comes with 5x250GB drives. So close to selling my firstborn for those drives and sleds.
Lelf Treperra
ubet_cha at 2013-05-07 21:36 (UTC) (Link)
One of our guys is about to dive into Oracle Linux at home this weekend. I'm afraid that's a little too much for me. Reminding me far too much of work.

Have fun!
ehowton at 2013-05-07 22:03 (UTC) (Link)
It is like work. Some of us are fortunate enough to make a living at our hobbies however :)

Besides, Oracle Linux is just RHEL. Ugh.
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