Monthly Archives: August 2017

Create a Samba File Server with Ubuntu or Debian

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Setting up a Samba File Server from the command line may sound daunting but in this guide I’ll break it down in to simple steps any beginner with Linux can follow!

You’ll need:

  1. A computer running Ubuntu Minimal/Server or Debian
  2. A computer to be the client (preferably Windows)

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Windows Server 2016 001: Active Directory Lab Setup

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Introduction

This guide aims to help you setup a learning “lab” environment for Windows Server 2016 and Active Directory Domain Services from scratch presuming only basic knowledge of virtual machines, networking and OS installation.

By the end of this guide you will have:

  • Windows Server 2016 installed in a VM
  • pfSense installed in a VM to isolate your lab network
  • Active Directory Domain Services, DHCP and other required services running
  • A Windows 10 VM on the domain

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ESXi iSCSI Round Robin IOPS performance boost

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By default in ESXi the Round Robin IOPS limit is set to 1000 meaning that the path only changes after 1000 I/O operations have occurred. The result is basically the same performance as running a single path in my experience. Adjusting the limit from 1000 to 1 can result in much better performance.

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Creating an ESXi install USB Stick

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Installing ESXi (or any os for that matter) off of a CD/DVD is becoming harder and harder yet they still insist on distributing ISO files. Once upon a time we had these drives internally but these days chances are neither your workstation or server are going to have an optical drive meaning you’ll have to dig up a USB optical drive from the bottom of a box buried under multiple other boxes… Or something like that.

USB sticks have replaced optical media for installing operating systems so here I’ll show you how to create an install USB for VMware ESXi. You’ll need:

  • A Windows computer (Or USB passthrough to a Windows VM)
  • ESXi ISO file
  • USB Flash Drive 4GB+
  • Rufus (Portable edition is convenient)

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