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by DiMaestro
Sun May 31, 2020 11:42 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Endpoint Protection
Replies: 2
Views: 1660

Re: Endpoint Protection

I've been using Symantec Endpoint Protection for small business for years. Now that Broadcom has purchased them, they are even harder to deal with. I'm looking for input on a new solution. Has anyone used Sophos Endpoint protection? I need protecton for 35 computers that is good protection that doe...
by DiMaestro
Sun May 31, 2020 2:09 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: NAS builds - anyone want a topic on em?
Replies: 25
Views: 4008

Re: NAS builds - anyone want a topic on em?

You ever play with the video hardware passthrough? I'm about to give that a try soon, although I'm not using unraid so this may not be entirely useful. What I've read so far is that it's generally a bit more work than passing through a network controller, or something like that. It's also a bit eas...
by DiMaestro
Sun May 31, 2020 1:15 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: NAS builds - anyone want a topic on em?
Replies: 25
Views: 4008

Re: NAS builds - anyone want a topic on em?

I know a good number of the iXsystems crew. I work in the "enterprise" environment as my day job managing hundreds of PiB of data. You have literally zero idea what the hell you're talking about. FreeNAS is not "becoming legacy". TrueNAS is not a "rebranding" of anythi...
by DiMaestro
Sun May 31, 2020 1:09 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: NAS builds - anyone want a topic on em?
Replies: 25
Views: 4008

Re: NAS builds - anyone want a topic on em?

It is a standard enterprise NAS software package. It is overkill for home usage, but it is free though. Pretty stable as long as you aren't trying to do something crazy experimentation. I'm not sure 'overkill' and 'nas' are two words I'd ever use in a sentence. I mean I do have 9 3tb drives utilizi...
by DiMaestro
Sun May 31, 2020 1:07 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: NAS builds - anyone want a topic on em?
Replies: 25
Views: 4008

Re: NAS builds - anyone want a topic on em?

Weird SW, HW, or both? Virtualized on ESXi 5.5. Hardware passthrough (two IBM sas cards passed through) utilizing a virtualized unraid running .. umm more than 9 drives (storage, OS SSDs, etc). I configured my first DIY unRAID system around two years ago (linked in sig) and it's been a pleasure wor...
by DiMaestro
Fri May 29, 2020 10:51 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 1407
Views: 157868

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

It's not a repair but I made this: https://photos.app.goo.gl/zH9pvPXLKVvL6zGM7 Yes it's another bookcase but it's also a door and in proper scooby-doo style, pulling a particular book forward releases the catch (well it will once I've figured the catch out). It only leads to a small cupboard and it...
by DiMaestro
Fri May 29, 2020 9:54 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: NAS builds - anyone want a topic on em?
Replies: 25
Views: 4008

Re: NAS builds - anyone want a topic on em?

My NAS box is just repurposed, *mothball* hardware Core i5-3570K Gigabyte Z77-UD3H using the PCH on it as the controller 2x4GiB of G.Skill PC3-6400 4x4TB WD Reds (Don't know the exact model number off hand) in a striped mirrors zpool 128GiB Cruical SSD drive (Boot device) FreeNAS version 11.0 I'm a...
by DiMaestro
Thu May 28, 2020 10:19 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: NAS builds - anyone want a topic on em?
Replies: 25
Views: 4008

Re: NAS builds - anyone want a topic on em?

My NAS box is just repurposed, *mothball* hardware Core i5-3570K Gigabyte Z77-UD3H using the PCH on it as the controller 2x4GiB of G.Skill PC3-6400 4x4TB WD Reds (Don't know the exact model number off hand) in a striped mirrors zpool 128GiB Cruical SSD drive (Boot device) FreeNAS version 11.0 I'm a...
by DiMaestro
Thu May 28, 2020 10:09 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: NAS builds - anyone want a topic on em?
Replies: 25
Views: 4008

Re: NAS builds - anyone want a topic on em?

The Thuban was perhaps the best AMD cpu I ever owned, 1055t. Hot as *hell* but never failed. It was my main desktop, then my HTPC, then an early version of my NAS. Since this is a light-duty server I have the CPU governor set to "conservative". Unless it's doing its nightly mirror update ...
by DiMaestro
Thu May 28, 2020 10:04 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: 6 years, 7 months of power on
Replies: 6
Views: 2490

Re: 6 years, 7 months of power on

Aranarth wrote:
Bearings go flat??
I've never heard of this...


The bearings in HD's are actually quite fragile. If you let them sit in one position for years, they will develop a flat spot due to gravity. Best practices are to (literally) rotate the dry storage drives every 6 months or so.
by DiMaestro
Thu May 28, 2020 12:18 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: NAS builds - anyone want a topic on em?
Replies: 25
Views: 4008

Re: NAS builds - anyone want a topic on em?

My current home server setup: Asus M5A97 AMD Phenom II X6 1090T 8 GB unbuffered ECC LSI 8-port SAS/SATA HBA 9 3.5" hot swap bays (6 mounted internally, 3 externally as noted in previous post) 120 GB SSD boot drive Ubuntu Server 16.04 LTS MD RAID-6 composed of 7 4 TB drives (20 TB usable capaci...
by DiMaestro
Wed May 27, 2020 10:08 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 1407
Views: 157868

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

The last thing I fixed was my moms mower. My cousin and his son looked at it, they replaced plugs investigated wiring, and my cousin said 'the wires to the starter are wrong'. After my mom yelled at me for allowing that to happen I went to her house 3 days later. I did this. Primed it 3 times, pulle...
by DiMaestro
Wed May 27, 2020 9:55 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: NAS builds - anyone want a topic on em?
Replies: 25
Views: 4008

Re: NAS builds - anyone want a topic on em?

Weird SW, HW, or both? Virtualized on ESXi 5.5. Hardware passthrough (two IBM sas cards passed through) utilizing a virtualized unraid running .. umm more than 9 drives (storage, OS SSDs, etc). Yikes. That is weird! Mine's only weird in having an extra 3-drive hot-swap cage stuck to the outside top...
by DiMaestro
Wed May 27, 2020 9:34 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: WD external drives getting partially slow scan speeds after downloading files on them via torrent
Replies: 22
Views: 3323

Re: WD external drives getting partially slow scan speeds after downloading files on them via torrent

You're correct. I should have specified Iron Wolf at first. Does WD have any drives that they say are SMR free? After all the brouhaha in the tech press, I believe they have updated their site to indicate which model numbers of internal drive are CMR and which are SMR. But I don't think this helps ...
by DiMaestro
Wed May 27, 2020 9:08 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: 6 years, 7 months of power on
Replies: 6
Views: 2490

Re: 6 years, 7 months of power on

Those drives probably pre-date the "race to the bottom" on quality. Enjoy while you can, newer drives are probably going to be worse in terms of reliability. Luckily I have 3 'spare' NiB 3tb hard drives sitting in the closet. A seagate, a toshiba, and a WD. I just hope the bearings haven'...
by DiMaestro
Wed May 27, 2020 9:05 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: NAS builds - anyone want a topic on em?
Replies: 25
Views: 4008

Re: NAS builds - anyone want a topic on em?

just brew it! wrote:
Weird SW, HW, or both?


Virtualized on ESXi 5.5. Hardware passthrough (two IBM sas cards passed through) utilizing a virtualized unraid running .. umm more than 9 drives (storage, OS SSDs, etc).
by DiMaestro
Wed May 27, 2020 9:04 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: WD external drives getting partially slow scan speeds after downloading files on them via torrent
Replies: 22
Views: 3323

Re: WD external drives getting partially slow scan speeds after downloading files on them via torrent

Seagate enterprise drives do not have this. Get a IronWolf - no SMR. Not entirely true. Some of their enterprise drives are SMR, but they do (and AFAIK always have) mentioned it in the specs when this is the case. It was the consumer line where all the obfuscation occurred. And yes, IronWolf should...
by DiMaestro
Wed May 27, 2020 8:33 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: WD external drives getting partially slow scan speeds after downloading files on them via torrent
Replies: 22
Views: 3323

Re: WD external drives getting partially slow scan speeds after downloading files on them via torrent

I'm afraid it looks like that HDD SKU is infected with shingles. :( It's SMR? Looks like it. Unfortunately Seagate isn't a solution either, since they also have a number of SMR drives in their lineup. And manufacturers have been known to switch the model of bare drive used in a given model of exter...
by DiMaestro
Wed May 27, 2020 8:30 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: NAS builds - anyone want a topic on em?
Replies: 25
Views: 4008

NAS builds - anyone want a topic on em?

Cause I've got the weirdest config for a NAS ever.
by DiMaestro
Wed May 27, 2020 8:29 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: 6 years, 7 months of power on
Replies: 6
Views: 2490

6 years, 7 months of power on

I am either the luckiest or most unlucky person on the planet. I have one drive in my NAS that has 6 years 7 months of power on time. I have 3 other drives that are exceeding 5 years of power on time. None of them have errors. I have 3 spare drives waiting for a failure - and can survive a double fa...
by DiMaestro
Wed May 27, 2020 8:22 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Hi. I'm SashleyCat. I think I have been here before.
Replies: 10
Views: 1741

Re: Hi. I'm SashleyCat. I think I have been here before.

Hello. My name is Ashley. But online I am known as SashleyCat. I have been active on this forum before, but I completely forgot all the details. I am super lonely and depressed and want to try joining a community again. I desperately want to talk about Processors and Technology because my Autism de...
by DiMaestro
Wed May 27, 2020 8:13 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Creative uses for a dead motherboard
Replies: 37
Views: 3596

Re: Creative uses for a dead motherboard

Fellow gerbils, lend me your brains. I'm the not-so-proud brand new owner of a dead ITX motherboard. The question is: what should I do with it? I was going to try to ebay it, but obviously that's out of the question. If it were bigger I might try to strip off all the components somehow and make ano...
by DiMaestro
Mon May 18, 2020 1:56 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: I made a thing!
Replies: 20
Views: 1698

Re: I made a thing!

Basically the same thing, except mine is a percussion instrument vs. string. ;) It's also known as a redneck dick. I mean, it's not known as that, by anyone, ever, actually. We called them M4 carbines when I was in, and I just checked and HOLY COW THEY ARE STILL CALLED THAT! But thanks for letting ...
by DiMaestro
Sat May 16, 2020 6:42 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Just wanted to let everyone know
Replies: 44
Views: 3521

Re: Just wanted to let everyone know

derFunkenstein wrote:
You completely missed Igor. He was here and now he's banned.

Hey, has anybody ever seen Igor_Kavinski and Starfalcon in the same room at the same time? Very curious.


Igor is banned? He was so goofy. What did I miss in the past few days?
by DiMaestro
Sat May 16, 2020 6:41 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Just wanted to let everyone know
Replies: 44
Views: 3521

Re: Just wanted to let everyone know

Starfalcon wrote:
Decided to see if anything was going on after a few months.


Hey Star!
by DiMaestro
Sat May 16, 2020 6:40 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: I made a thing!
Replies: 20
Views: 1698

Re: I made a thing!

Vrock wrote:
derFunkenstein wrote:
Aww, I was hoping you'd built a Partscaster. :lol:
Basically the same thing, except mine is a percussion instrument vs. string. ;)


It's also known as a redneck dick.
by DiMaestro
Tue May 12, 2020 10:12 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Chode, Kevin, Steg, Champs, Cow and others
Replies: 18
Views: 1821

Re: Chode, Kevin, Steg, Champs, Cow and others

I still don't know if I should bottom quote or top quote - I'm so conflicted (and strangely aroused). Don't feel like the lone ranger on it. I've been on/off again - doing some camping, some 'zomg how do I quit going insane' type of stuff. I wish I could afford tires on the motorcycle (well I have t...
by DiMaestro
Tue May 12, 2020 9:59 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Coronavirus COVID-19 precautionary measures?
Replies: 639
Views: 48893

Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 precautionary measures?

Don't hold back on my account. Last time I called you out on something (which was killing a samsung CRT monitor by blocking the vents) you acted rather childish. If I wanted to actually have a discussion with a child - there are plenty near me. You overestimate your ability to gather traffic to a p...
by DiMaestro
Tue May 12, 2020 3:21 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Coronavirus COVID-19 precautionary measures?
Replies: 639
Views: 48893

Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 precautionary measures?

Vrock wrote:
Igor_Kavinski wrote:
DiMaestro wrote:
Hehe, do it my way or I'm gonna take my toys and go home. Nicely put.

Vrock has toys?
I prefer to call them tools.


That made me laugh. I was gonna say something sarky but I'll refrain.
by DiMaestro
Sun May 10, 2020 1:58 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Coronavirus COVID-19 precautionary measures?
Replies: 639
Views: 48893

Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 precautionary measures?

Vrock wrote:
DiMaestro wrote:
JustAnEngineer wrote:
I split the politics out of this thread four different times, but then Vrock comes back.


JAE: Only one way to learn em - temp ban for 30 days. :)

He could do that, if he wanted to reduce the site's traffic by an eighth.


Hehe, do it my way or I'm gonna take my toys and go home. Nicely put.
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