Consolidating My Build

ESXi host is firmly in production, the only reason to turn it off is the new cable and RAM.

With that I am slowly adding making it the way I want to. Looking for old VMs, getting backups ready etc.

This will take a while, but should be OK.

I am happy with how I moved the file server on to it.

Still no walking, gonna try tomorrow. Still hurting. There is this weird fear I have standing up. Knee crackles like knuckles.

Weight: 313.0

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Three Down One to Go

I have shutdown 3 machines and replaced it with 1, this one was the easiest to move over, it just worked. Thank you Linux.

Add another 70Watts saved for a total of the 300 watts mentioned yesterday.

Got one more to shutdown but it is going to be more tricky, a lot of services run on it. I have a machine built and need to do the transfer. I should pull the trigger this weekend.

This server has capacity to spare, still have 1 AHCI 2.5″ and 3 SAS3 2.5″ available. Still waiting on a cable and RAM, but not struggling for it. When that comes in, I will have capacity for 4 more SAS2 (I think) 3.5″ drives external.

Not that I am starving for storage space either. I got an easy 14+TB of storage and over 2TB of it is SSD.

Only using 2% of CPU and 54% of the 128GB of RAM. Next week another 64GB is coming in, so a lot of breathing room.

Going to spend some time cleaning up cables, making it picture worthy.

Still no 12k steps I may try tomorrow.

Weight: 313.0

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New ESXi Host Up

My new ESXi host is up and 90% done. It is serving significant workloads. Power consumption is high, but this replaces two servers directly. The old servers combined for 300 Watts, so I have already reduced some of my expenses.

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Looking to retire two more servers, one of them to move to this box and another to split the services between multiple machines.

Those two will combine for another 230W of saving.

I predict everything will be fully functional by next weekend.

Another day of not walking 12k steps. I really needed the rest. I am feeling better, we will see tomorrow where I am at.

Also picked up four more of the ThinkCentre M73. The first one I got loaded a properly licensed copy of Windows 10 Pro. That is what sold me, now I can put it in my lab clients on these units.

Also looking at XCP-ng as a hypervisor.

Weight: 312.4

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Still Sore, Still Resting

Been feeling better, but still barely can go up and down the stairs. Definitely not ready to try and walk 12000 steps. I really needed the rest and recovery though.

Tomorrow looking good, I think I can do it.

I figured out the issue with the 10G NIC and the non Intel GBIC. Basically use CentOS 7 to redo the Firmware.

Anyway, tired, still need to do my pushups and situps, I did get my stairs in.

Weight: 312.4

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When Stupidity and Willpower Collide

Well, my run of 12k steps ended today, no way I can make it. I am truly injured, I at least got my floors. But I did not make my steps. I convinced some of my family members to take me to RTC so I can at least get my hills done.

On the 10G front, looks like I need to get proper Intel GBIC cards, they are on the way, but its pretty infuriating.

Weight: 313.4

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New ESXi Up

And doing production loads, but found an issue with the 10G switch.

Have the issue regarding incompatible GBIC’s. Works with the DAC, but I need the GBIC to work.

Also last day of Wa State Fair, sent youngest in there to buy food.

Seahawks sure suck this year.

Anyway back to work, I know chopping post, oh also ran a bunch of my steps today, running out of time. Hence the quick post.

Weight was actually 310.2 after my walk.

Weight: 313.4

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New Host Built Migration Begins

With my new host up, I am beginning to migrate VMs off of the new ones to see if it will recognize them on the new system.

If not I will have to do this the hard way.

Anyway, want to retire at least 1 host, preferably two before the weekend is out.

Weight: 311.0

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Finally slowed down

After 8 days of trying to prevent data loss and disaster, I finally can sit back and relax and finish building my ESXi host.

I have enough RAM, but I am adding more, but I am going to move some workloads over this weekend. This new ESXi host will replace two existing ESXi hosts, a file server, and most applications on an application server.

My New HP-Z840 ESXi 7 host
  • Two E5-2630v4 Xeon hosts
  • 128GB of RAM (probably upgrade to 256GB before end of year), can upgrade to 512 without replacing RAM and up to 2TB of RAM if I rip out and replace.
  • Quadro K620 which will do a PCI pass though for transcoding
  • NVS510 for Video and secondary encoding if needed
  • 1275W power supply, that was a pleasant surprise
  • Two 1GB Intel Ethernet ports on the motherboard
  • Two 10GB SFP+ ports on an expansion card

Storage deserves its own section

  • Has an HP Z Turbo drive which was a huge surprise that is compatible with ESXi 7.
  • Has a Perc H200E with external mini SAS SFF 8088. Can support 8 external drives, got a drive cage for that (more pix in the future). Note that this card is NOT ESXi 7 compatible, I intend to passthrough the card to a VM.
  • Built in to the motherboard are 6 traditional AHCI SATA ports
  • Another 8 SAS Ports
  • Internally I can fit four 3.5″ drives SATA or SAS, they go to the onboard SAS Ports.
  • Two external drive bays are fitted with 6x drive ICY Dock Tough Armor MB608SP-B for a total of 12 2.5″ drives.
  • With 12 drives external and 4 drives internal I do not have enough ports, so I added an HP H240 HBA in IT mode. This is SAS3 which can support 12GB/s.
  • The HP Z turbo drive is the main boot drive (no USB flash drives this time), a 512GB SSD is a backup ESXi7 drive, and I also have a 256GB SSD Rocky Linux Drive, and a 128GB SSD Drive for testing.
  • If you are keeping track that leaves me with 9 2.5″ drives for VMFS data stores, 4 3.5″ drives for VMFS data stores and 8 external (via passthrough on a VM) 3.5″ drives.

Having fun, this should last me a couple of years.

Oh, also saw a great deal on a small PC, at raspberry prices where they are at today, why not. It was $60 and can do h.264 encoding on the i3 CPU.

Weight: 314.6

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Didn’t Slow Down Today

Still a whole bunch of work today, but I was able to get some personal stuff done, but not enough hours in the day.

My new ESXi host is almost complete. Got it booting on Rocky as well.

Kind of excited at how this is going to work. Also looking at a schedule to import VMs and upgrade of components.

More to come.

Weight: 317.2

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Been Busy Forgot To Post

Yeah I been so busy forgot to post yesterday, its rare that I forget, so just finish posting yesterdays post.

Anyway got a lot accomplished today, the SAN it work is supposed to be stable, woke up and we were on half a node. But that is supposedly all fixed now. We are watching it now.

Also got some work programming done, figured out how to better read json files, specifically ones created by govc for VC. A tool called JSONView.exe

https://www.mitec.cz/jsonv.html

Also figured out how to use python to read these files and format them nicely. Still learning but it is cool.

Also figured out how to get my NVIDIA Quadro K620 and NVIDIA Quadro NVS510 to work in a Rocky 8 VM. I used precompiled binaries and was able to compile ffmpeg to work with it. Putting it through some tests as I post.

Weight: 317.2

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