I’ve spent the last year in pandemic world trying to enable one of the world’s largest used car sales companies to have better experiences and more efficient ways to buy and sell cars online – without leaving the comfort of your “home”.
In some ways, I might be tempted to think that I am doing something really cutting edge.. which is why I feel like I have just come up for air.
It’s hard to describe the pride as a parent when I look forward, (or behind) and see my first born on his first ride. After 8 hours of his second day of the course, he spent an hour and a half with me training in the neighborhood.
I still have two more riders to go in the house… someday we will have our own MC.
When those first big raindrops hit your face, and you know it’s all over! Trying to see the lights of the car in front of you, so you can stay on the road, barely able to breath because it was raining so hard and it felt like a swimming pool.
One of the things I do on the weekend, is run my small data center….
On new server
turn off hardware raid
install 6 new hot swap 2.5 to 3.5 to 5.25 enclosures
install 6 new ssds
boot and install xcp-ng on a raid0 array x2 ssds for boot partition
Build new software raid10 array for storage
build new storage resources, network resources and configure xcp backups
build guest for XenOrchestrator opensource & compile from source
On existing esxi server; for each vm:
remove open-vm-tools and disable service
Use vmfkstools to convert thick provisioned disks to thin
Use ovftool to download and convert vmdk to ova
import ova into xcp, reconfigure mac address and dynamic memory settings
boot up vm, reconfigure primary network adapter, install xen tools
Tomorrow, I’m going to tear down the old esxi and rebuild new arrays for boot and storage and try and merge it into the xen pool and try to live transfer some guests between hosts in the pool. Wish me luck..
Then, if that all works, I’ll need to install another patch panel in the network rack, setup a new ups, and reconfigure the switch for new VLAN and trunk ports.
I will say that the pfsense on a protectli box with 6 ports, and a Unifi SDN costroller, managed switches and WAPs throughout the house had made the networking side extremely easy!
Maybe tonight I’ll find time to finish up the Azure DevOps course and get back to learning React.
Oh, and I mowed the lawn and took Bob for a ride too.
p.s. if anyone knows why mdadm isn’t activating my raid10 on reboot, please drop me a DM.. its a huge PITA.
p.p.s. Second xcp-ng server is up with 2x ssd raid1 arrays, 48GB of ram and the migrations between the two hosts completed; also created and deployed my first Azure ASE tonight. Tomorrow I relocate it to the secondary media closet.
Update a week later: media closet was still too hot so I attached a nice fan to it; dropped the CPU temp by 10 degrees!
It’s been quite a few years since I have had the opportunity to be intellectually stimulated in the areas of religion, philosophy and science – I very much miss the days of tutelage under my friend and mentor, Bill Johnson.
One of the topics that I really took an interest in, was the intersect of religion and science. I recently added a new author to my “to read” list. His book(s) appear to settle comfortably in the company of Collins, Jastrow, Tipler, Davies, and the likes: Stephen Meyer.