MonthOctober 2014

CentOS, ZFS Filesystem, iSCSI Target. Work in progress.

With 64-bit VMs finally available to me via enabled vt-d (previous post) I could finally start the project tasked by my instructor at EvCC.

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Asus Z97-PRO (and likely any ASUS Z97 mobo) vt-d fix

I finally found the solution to my vt-d enable problems! Asus has limited documentation about their “fast boot” bios option which is frustrating. It would seem that when enabled it skips over VT-d check. Dropping it has remedied my problem. Finally, CentOS 64 for the next big project! The boot time seems unaffected by the way, I still sit @<30sec to OS. Not sure who that really benefits, and it doesn't say what else it skips over! [caption id="attachment_177" align="aligncenter" width="593"]What a frustratingly simple fix for such a significant problem. What a frustratingly simple fix for such a significant problem.[/caption]

PC vs Next-Gen Console

It came up a few times this week that people were planning to buy a console over the holidays. I just wanted to make people aware that current PC prices allow for a better gaming experience and more functionality for about the same price. To demonstrate this, I have set up a PC build showing it is possible, with some explanations for the computer illiterate. Keep in mind that it does not include a monitor (the consoles don’t include a TV) or keyboard/mouse! At the bottom of the article is my sources for console hardware specs to keep it less technical and boring.

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My intro to VMware

Thanks to the free software from being a student, I started playing with VMware Workstation 10. I understand it is a booming trade to learn and am using it when I can. It was a safe way to try out the Windows 10 Technical Preview too.

I don’t want to try to sell myself here as good at any of this yet. I really want to get into virtualization. In preparation to work on a project at school, I set up a ZFS file system with an iSCSI target on FreeBSD. I was successful in connecting and given the option to format a partition in Windows.

Shamelessly showing off my beautiful 3840x1080 workspace too.

Shamelessly showing off my beautiful 3840×1080 workspace too.

Next up will be setting up a simple Enterprise level virtualization to play around with.

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