March 31, 2011

Network upgrade pt 2

My brother gave me a C2 Q8200 cpu around Thanksgiving. I'm interested in pushing more services onto my server box and thought that CPU would be a fine upgrade to handle the extra load.

While trying to get the 640AAKS drive added to the storage pool I had to restart the server. After the reboot the heatsink fan had trouble starting up.

So, after before backing up my data I decided to go ahead with the CPU, heatsink and fan upgrade. Of course it would not boot after the upgrade, it would freeze during the POST. I had two RAM stick installed. Thankfully they were the same speed, but were unfortunately different brands and CAS speeds. Removing one of them allowed the machine to boot.

Data is backing up now. 425GB of data, leaves about 150GB for growth.

Network upgrade pt 1

My desktop was running on a 640aaks. It has been fine. The drive was supposed to compare to raptor drives and it provided enough space to keep lots of stuff on the desktop. Having access to a matching pair of Velociraptor drives I decided to take a stab at RAID 0 with them and pull some extra performance out of my desktop.

Performance about doubled. Totally worth it.  It does introduce another layer of complexity and another point of failure, now if either of the two drives fail then I lose the array but my home server is still providing nightly backups so I'm not really worried about that.

I lose a significant capacity of local storage, but as I'm trying to pull all my data on the server I think this will not hurt me too much. I was able migrate all of Wife's account using Migwiz, which was great; the transition was pretty easy for her. Migwiz does not transfer apps or app settings such as her Chrome profile, but I was able to manually copy that over.

The old 640aaks is now my WHS backup drive which has the capacity to hold all the backups. As today is World Backup Day, that is exactly what I will be doing to my WHS.

March 17, 2011

I am the adult I want to become

When you're a hammer, every problem is a nail.
You draw from your knowledge and experience to find a solution.

I guess the idea is that you strive to be not only a hammer.

I recently learned sinnets, and thus I've put them into every dangling cord I come across at work. I coiled the power cord for the demo Xoom at work. The head of the dept, once he overcame his shock of a seemingly tangled power cord, said: "he has too much time on his hands" and shook his head wistfully.

I was a little embarrassed at first. Now I think he should have been; you want to surround yourself with people that know other things than you, you want your staff to be diverse. This means we're not all hammers and not every problem becomes a nail.