How to create and mount an NFS datastore on ESXi using a Drobo 5N

This quick guide will run you through installing an NFSv3 server on your Drobo 5N and then mounting it on an ESXi host- the same setup can also be used for adding the NFS share using vSphere.

I will be setting this up on a VMWare ESXi 6.5 host, running off an Intel NUC and my NFS datastore will be hosted using my Drobo 5N

Note: Make sure you have the latest Drobo Dashboard and firmware installed on your Drobo before proceeding.

How to create the NFSv3 datastore

Open Drobo Dashboard and login with your Admin credentials

Navigate to DroboApps

Select Network Applications and select NFSv3 and click Install to install the NFSv3 application

NFSv3

The NFSv3 application uses the inbuilt Drobo Shares functionality to allow a mount path, this will only accept shares which have Everyone specified with Read/Write permissions. In the Drobo Dashboard navigate to Shares

Click on Share Settings

Click on Add

Give your new Share a name such as ‘NFS_Datastore’ and click Ok

On the right hand side select Everyone until the Pen appears, this will allow Everyone to have Read/Write access to the share click Ok

NFS Datastore

You have now created your NFS share, navigate back to DroboApps and NFSv3 and click Configure

Navigate down to select Rescan to rescan the Share list and permissions

Once the rescan has been completed look in the Exports log for your share, it should be listed at the bottom and take note of the mount path – as you will need this later to mount your datastore.

How to mount the NFSv3 datastore

Now open Internet Explorer or another browser and connect to your ESXi host

Navigate to the Storage pane

VMWare ESXi

Select New Datastore and click Mount NFS datastore and click Next

Type in the name you want to name your NFS datastore – I am following my own naming standard so: DATASTORE_NFSv3_Hotdog

Type in the IP address of your NFS server (which is your Drobo) and then type in the mount path that was given to you by the NFS export log on the Drobo in the previous steps

Once that is filled out click Next, verify the information is complete and click Finish to mount your NFS datastore, you should now be able to create a VMDK or VM on your network share and share it between hosts.

You can test that your host has read/write access to the datastore by selecting the NFS datastore and click Actions, Browse and creating a new Directory and verifying that it gets created without an issue.

If you get permission issues – make sure that Everyone is set on the Share in the Drobo Dashboard and in ESXi – Navigate to Networking, Firewall Rules and make sure NFS Client is Enabled and the properties either has All Connections from all IP addresses or the IP of your Drobo is assigned.

Firewall Rules

Microsoft Ignite NZ 2016! What a blast!

Microsoft Ignite NZ 2016! What a blast! #NinjaCat #MSIgniteNZ

Microsoft Ignite NZ 2016

I was lucky enough to attend Microsoft Ignite this year, so I thought I would do a high level blog post about my experience at this event.

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Hyper-V 2012 R2 on an Intel NUC (NUC5i7RYH)

One of the problems with Hyper-V 2012 R2 on an Intel NUC – NUC5i7RYH was because of the ‘Client’ network card chipset. Windows Server 2012 would not install the Ethernet Adapter for the Server operating system.

Once I made the manual adjustments to the Network drivers to get this going, I then slipstreamed the drivers and Server 2012 R2 updates (as of Feb 2016) into a Hyper-V 2012 R2 ISO which can then be made bootable for future Hyper-V installations.

Changing the Intel Network Drivers Manually

7-Zip or WinRAR will be needed to extract the EXE to a folder location. In these examples, I am using 7-Zip.

  • Once extracted navigate to: \PROWinx64\PRO1000\Winx64\NDIS64Find ‘e1d64x64.INF’ and right click and select Open to open with Notepad
  • Find the Heading ‘[Intel.NTamd64.6.3.1]’ and copy the devices in this section

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ESXi on an Intel NUC NUC5i7RYH

I have just configured ESXi on my new Intel NUC – NUC5i7RYH (Intel NUC i7-5557U 3.1GHz 16GB 256GB SSD).

VMWare ESXi

Due to incompatibility with ESXi-Customizer on Windows 10  – I used the now recommended: ESXi-Customizer-PS Power CLI script.

Following the instructions at the ESXi-Customizer website: http://www.v-front.de/p/esxi-customizer-ps.html with installing the VMWare Power CLI PowerShell dependencies onto my workstation (you need a register My VMWare account to download this directly from VMware).

I was able to use the following command from the directory where the PowerShell script was saved:

This will make the script connect to the V-Front Online Depot and add the sata-xahci and net55-r8168 packages from there to the latest ESXi 6.0 Imageprofile.

Entirely with no user interaction it was able to download the latest v6 ESXi release and slipstream the sata-xahci drivers leaving a clean ISO I was then able to use Rufus with the default settings to deploy the ISO to my USB Flash drive which was then used to install on the Intel NUC successfully.

What Antivirus should I get for my computer?

Its a common question – what antivirus should I get for my computer? That’s a good question – here is my recommended list:

 

  1. If it’s Windows 7 – get Microsoft Security Essentials!
  2. If it’s Windows 8 – don’t worry. Windows Defender should be good enough!
  3. If it’s Windows XP – get AVG Antivirus!
  4. If it’s Linux Distribution – get Clam Antivirus!
  5. If it’s OSX – get ClamXav!

 

Note: Bear in mind this is my own personal opinion and I am not responsible for any virus that may occur from following this recommendation!

 

Wildstar – Guest Passes

Note: All codes have been used.

 

First in first serve..

 

A good time is always a gooder time when you share it with friends! Use these guest passes to bring your friends along to see your new stomping grounds on Nexus. The guest pass trial feature lasts for seven days after the code is redeemed, and while you’ll have enough fun to make your head explode during the trial, some features present in the full game won’t be available during the trial program. Check out our Guest Pass knowledge base article for more detail.
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Bitcoin mining – is it worth it?

Note: This is just a brief article on my personal opinions on getting into bitcoin mining.

Bitcoin Mining is one of those things – I feel you really had to get in early to do.

In order to make bitcoin mining worthwhile is to get a ASIC setup and join a Bitcoin mining pool.

For a single user using CPU or GPU power to mine – not worth it. The cost of your power usage outweighs any worthwhile mining.

Note: However you can get ASICMiner Block Erupter USB powered drives to do your mining for you – allowing you to build your own mining platform running cheaper than if you were to have your GPU working full time.

Common Protocols and their ports

Networking is a marvel of interconnected devices and languages – part of that inter connectivity is allowing devices to talk to one another without getting any crosstalk or confusion this is done by separating network traffic into ports – allowing traffic to be managed easier and allows for overall greater security.

HTTP (Hypertext Transfer Protocol)
HTTP uses port 80 – this is usually used for web traffic – for webpages.
HTTPS (Hypertext Transfer Protocol SSL)
Similar to port 80 although this is using port 443 – this is used for secure and encrypted traffic and used for website logon pages and secure VPN connections.
FTP (File Transfer Protocol)
Using port 20 and 21 – this is used for FTP traffic to and from.. used to upload webpages and files and folders from one host to another .
POP (Post Office Protocol) – Also POP3
POP and POP3 uses the port 110 – this provides the ability to receive emails – commonly used by ISPs email service.
SMTP (Simple Mail Transfer Protocol)
SMTP uses the port 25 – this provides the ability to send emails – commonly used by ISPs email service.
IMAP
Uses TCP and UDP port 143 – IMAP is another email service that is commonly used by email providers that hold emails on their servers – instead of downloading them to the local computer.
Telnet
Telnet uses port 23 – and is commonly used for remote administration of devices using a command line.

Easily migrate Sickbeard install to another installation

Have a new Sickbeard installation and want to migrate or move your Library and settings across?

Due to the nature of the Sickbeard application – migrating Sickbeard data from one install to another is very easy.

 

  1. On the Sickbeard install you want to use as your source – open the folder where Sickbeard is installed and copy the following files to the same location on your destination Sickbeard install and overwrite the ones that are there.

 

  • sickbeard.db
  • config.ini
  • autoProcessTV/autoProcessTV.cfg (if you use it)

 

 

 

Note: Tested on: Sickbeard Alpha Build 504

Optimal Taleo Settings

Taleo is used for many organisations as its tool for managing job applications. These settings are Internet Explorer recommended settings for displaying Taleo with no problems.

Magnification

The magnification level of your Internet browser must be set to 100%.
Using a setting other than 100% might produce less than optimal results depending on the Taleo product you are
using and the action you are performing. For this reason, 100% is the only recommended magnification level.

Configuring Cookie Policy for Internet Explorer

Prerequisite
The default Privacy setting for Internet Explorer is Medium. This setting is normally sufficient to ensure the
proper handling of cookies used by Taleo Enterprise.
Internet Explorer > Tools > Internet Options > Privacy
Steps
1. In the Privacy tab, click Advanced.
2. In the Advanced Privacy Settings window, clear the Override automatic cookie handling option.
3. Click OK.
4. In the Privacy tab, click Sites.
5. In the Per Site Privacy Actions window, add “taleo.net” (without quotes) in the Address of Web site field.
6. Click Allow.
7. Click Done.

Enabling JavaScript

JavaScript is required for the proper function and use of Taleo Enterprise.
Prerequisite
Internet Explorer > Tools > Internet Options
Steps
1. In the Security tab, click the Internet icon.
2. Click Default Level.
3. Click OK.

Troubleshooting JavaScript

Allows users to have the application work properly after enabling JavaScript.
Prerequisite
Enabling JavaScript must have been performed.
Internet Explorer > Tools > Internet Options > Security tab
Internet and Browser Settings

Steps
1. In the Security tab, click the Internet icon.
2. Click Custom Level.
3. Under Active Scripting, under the Scripting section, click Enable or Prompt.
4. Click OK.
5. Click Yes.
6. Click OK.
Result
Application should run as expected.

Setting Browser to Cache Web Files

Prerequisite
Internet Explorer > Tools > Internet Options > Advanced
Steps
1. Deselect Empty Temporary Internet Files Folder When Browser Is Closed.
2. Deselect Do not save encrypted files to disk.
3. Click OK.
4. Restart browser.

Optimizing Cache Settings

Many browsers retain Web site files in the “cache” for a certain period of time. This saves browsing time by
accessing the file directly from your computer’s hard drive rather than gathering it from the Internet, thereby
increasing overall performance.
Prerequisite
Internet Explorer > Tools > Internet Options > General tab
Steps
1. For Internet Explorer 7 or 8, click Settings under the Browsing History section.
2. In the Temporary Internet and History Settings window, select Automatically, for the Check for newer
version of stored pages option.
3. For the Disk space to use setting, select a value greater than100 MB but less than 500 MB. Setting the
cache size higher than 500 MB might actually reduce performance.
4. Click OK.
5. In the Internet Options window, click OK.

Configuring the Printer

Allows users to configure the browser for faster printing results.
Prerequisite
Internet Explorer > Tools > Internet Options > Advanced
Steps
1. Scroll down to the Printing settings.
2. Select Print background colors and images.
3. Click OK.