The Pursuit of Homelabs, Part 5 – IT LIVES!

jdmoorexyz_fanclubWhat a week it’s been! After receiving all my parts from my first eBay order, then waiting on a set of M246M cables to come in the mail (oops), I was all set to get started… or was I? After some great “learning opportunities”, I was able to successfully boot my R710! Keep reading to see what all I learned along the way.

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The Pursuit of Homelabs, Part 3 – How I Learned To Love the R710

homelabpart3_001LAST TIME in THE PURSUIT OF HOMELABS, I talked about what my options were in upgrading my at-home resources I could use for virtualization and storage. Until I took the plunge, I didn’t want to get too much into the specifics of what my decision was. I’ve done my research. I’ve done a lot of window shopping. I’ve slept on it for a while. And now… I’ve got some parts in the mail! Keep reading to see why (and how) I chose Dell’s R710.

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The Pursuit of Homelabs, Part 2 – What Are My Options?

Earlier this week, I announced that I’m looking to expand the resources I have at my disposal for homelabbing, and just a few days ago, I posted a pretty lengthy list of criteria I took into account planning my potential expansion. Today, I’ll be talking about what my options for expansion are and how well they might fit my needs.

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What to Consider When Planning Homelab Hardware

Planning_Homelab_HardwareIt’s now no secret that I’ve been planning to expand my at-home storage and computing resources. In my last post, I outlined some criteria that I used to help me consider what hardware to purchase. I thought it’d be a good idea to expand on that list of criteria in case anyone else wanted to use it to help them work through finding some new hardware. This is going to be a long one, so settle in!

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The Pursuit of Homelabs, Part 1

Project_Homelab_Part1The last couple of weeks have been a flurry of learning, planning, and (for now) window shopping. Some earlier attempts at spinning up a few VMs at once on my desktop have been met with sluggish disappointment and a really warm office at best, and incompatibility and wasted time at worst. Despite being more than enough for gaming, it seems as though my desktop won’t cut it for what I’ve got planned. It’s for this reason that I’ve decided to look into expanding the resources at my disposal.

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Ditch the HDMI Cable and Stream Your Movies with Plex this Weekend

FirstPlexServer_00_CoverLike most folks, I like streaming movies and TV shows from Netflix, Hulu, HBO, and a few other places instead of subscribing to cable TV. When I want to watch something in the living room, I use an older Roku set-top box to access most of the content I want to watch. Sometimes, however, I want to watch video files from other sources, usually in formats not natively supported by my Roku. In these cases, my usual streaming services don’t have the content available, leaving me two choices: watching on one of my computers, or plugging an HDMI cable in to my laptop and watching from my TV that way. For occasional viewing, that’s an alright option, but why not find something better? After all, I’d love to be able to use my laptop for something more than just streaming a video.

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Installing Ubuntu 16.04 On A Hyper-V VM (The Long Way)

Install_Ubuntu_Server_00As is common in when learning or trying new things, sometimes you end up doing things the long way. In this case, I most definitely did. Being a little new to Ubuntu 16.04, I decided midway through the install of the server version that I wanted to use the desktop version. Rather than stop, download a slightly larger .iso file and install over the existing version of Ubuntu, I forged on, taking far longer than I needed to. Below, I’ll include links to both the server and desktop (GUI) versions of Ubuntu 16.04.

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