Home Server Build

New personal PC build is coming along nicely, but I won’t be revealing until it is ready. I have it running now which freed up my old PC (old as in running a i7-4970k). I decided to use it as a general use home server. I would have given it to my girlfriend to play Minecraft better but she told me she doesn’t read my website! SUCKER!

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Windows Server and Deployment Fundamentals

Currently full time employed while being a full time student. Not a whole lot of free time for projects. I am in the process of a VMware Workstation 10 “server lab” with Windows Server 2012 running AD, DC, WDS, DHCP, and WSUS experiments.

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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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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.

The Kali Chromebook. Kalibook? Working title.

I found an awesome article on installing Ubuntu on the Chromebook with Crouton, and wondered if I could extend that to an ARM-based Kali distro. It gets more difficult as the instructions provided by Kali on how to install Kali on a Chromebook involve a bootable SD or USB and I didn’t want to have to carry another thing around. Another cool thing about using Crouton is the super responsive CTRL+ALT+Shift and Forwards/Backwards to switch between distros.

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