Preparing for a Windows Server 2008 install

April 20th, 2010

I’m about to install Windows Server 2008 on an older Dell PowerEdge SC1420 server. It is nicely equipped, with 1x Xeon 2.8 GHz CPU, 2x 2 Gig DIMMs, 2x 250 Gig SATA HDs, and a newly installed DVD-R/W drive. I expect no problems, but I’m prepared for the worst. Read the rest of this entry »

Installing Windows Server 2008 R2 on a Dell PowerEdge T605

February 16th, 2010

So I have this great Dell PowerEdge T605 server that I want to deploy as a Hyper-V server at home (more on why in a later posting), but suffice to say, I had a hard time accomplishing this seemingly trivial task.
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Windows Server 2008 R2 Install from USB Thumbdrive

February 16th, 2010

Creating a Bootable USB drive

You can use the ISO file of Windows Server 2008 R2 to create a bootable USB drive too. For this scenario you need to create a bootable DVD first or mount the ISO file. After you have gained access to the files on the DVD or in the ISO file, simply type the following commands on a system with the image mounted or physical DVD copy in the drive and the USB device plugged in:


DISKPART> list disk

Select the USB device from the list and substitute the disk number below when necessary

DISKPART> select disk 1
DISKPART> create partition primary
DISKPART> select partition 1
DISKPART> active
DISKPART> format fs=fat32
DISKPART> assign

xcopy X:\*.* /s/e/f Y:\

where X:\ is your mounted image or physical DVD and Y:\ is your USB device


I’m going to try this technique out later today on a small “appliance” server with a quad-core Xeon, 4 Gigs of RAM and no optical drive – this server is for running small appliances under Hyper-V in my home DMZ, and installing from a USB flash drive would be great.

Has it really been over a year?

June 11th, 2009

Sorry for the long Hiatus, I’ve been distracted from posting updates for a while now – hopefully that will change…

More to follow?

DIY Datacenter – Power

March 22nd, 2008

Power Transmission Tower

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DIY Datacenter

March 22nd, 2008

This post marks the beginning of my personal journey to build a Datacenter in my basement. Now, this won’t be a money-making exercise (quite the opposite, in fact!), but I plan to use my nearly 20 years of experience in and around datacenters to inform my design decisions. Read the rest of this entry »

Sun Ultra 10 and Latest Solaris Update

October 1st, 2007

Ultra 10

I recently started going through a heaping pile of hardware in the garage, and among the pile was a fairly tricked out Sun Ultra 10 desktop, and I decided to install the latest update of Solaris 10 (Update 4, 8/07).

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Mini-ITX fun

August 5th, 2007

Intel D201GLY small

I just picked up a mini-ITX motherboard, D210GLY made by Intel – a new player in the mini-ITX MB space. mini-ITX motherboards are small (duh! 6.75″ x 6.75″, and in this case, just about 2″ tall), and typically have low power requirements and can, in many cases be simply air cooled (no fans or other means needed to cool the system). I don’t have a particular application in mind, but I do plan on building up a small system with 1 Gig of RAM and a large 250+ Gig IDE HD and have some fun loading various OS on it. My main interests are in loading Microsoft WinXP and Sun Solaris, but Ubuntu Linux could be entertaining as well. There is no point to trying Windows Vista, as the on-board graphics solution does not support the new Vista “Aero” graphics interface (sure, I could add a nice PCI video card, but that defeats the purpose of a $70 MB/CPU solution, IMHO). Read the rest of this entry »

June 14th, 2007

Motorola Q Smart Phone

Sorry for taking so long in posting, but last week I had a horrible idea, and I upgraded the software on my Motorola Smart Phone, the “Q”. The phone is odd, and I think in hindsight I wish I’d stayed with the T-Mobile Sidekick, but the ”Q” is OK. Well, I decided to update the software because the phone had some annoying habits – like an hour or so after unplugging the phone, it would suddenly alert me that the “Charging is Complete”, usually when I was wanting to do something else…

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Sun Ultra 2 Build-up

June 5th, 2007

Sun Ultra 2 portrait

Yesterday I built-up a Sun Ultra 2 for a friend, and it was an interesting experience (details to follow), and a few things struck me: It is an old machine now (just over 10 years old now), it is still reasonably fast (with dual CPUs and up to 2 Gigs of RAM), and it is CHEAP. Ultra 2s are available for the cost of the installed options: An Ultra 2 with 1 Gig of RAM or more, two 300 MHz CPUs, a decent desktop framebuffer (Creator), and a SCSI hard drive or two can be had for under $50. Well under… Read the rest of this entry »