HTML5 GUI management for KVM hosts

I came across this cool HTML5-based management interface for KVM hosts. Its called kimchi-project (https://github.com/kimchi-project/kimchi/). In this guide, i’ll show you how to install it on an Ubuntu 16.04 host and manage your guest VMs. Pre-installation steps If you haven’t installed quemu, go ahead and do that now. sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade -y … Read more

Enabling VNC for ESXi

Sometimes in home lab environments you don’t have access to resources like vCenter to look at the guest VM status via console. Fortunately, you can modify ESX to enable VNC to a guest VM and use any computer to get KVM access. Pre-requisites: Network connectivity from your client to the ESXi host Root SSH access … Read more

Ubuntu ZFS Samba share

In my previous posts regarding setting up ZFS on Ubuntu 16.04, I had referred to Aaron Toponce’s website on doing additional configuration to ZFS such as sharing via NFS or SMB. In the portion for SMB here: https://pthree.org/2012/12/31/zfs-administration-part-xv-iscsi-nfs-and-samba/, it seems that there is a couple more things to do. After running zfs set sharesmb=on pool/srv  and zfs share … Read more

ZFS on ubuntu 16.04

On my previous post, ZFS on Ubuntu Linux, I had setup ZFS on Ubuntu 14.04 by adding a ZFS repository, installing multiple packages and such. Now on 16.04 and 16.10, it is available by simply typing: sudo apt-get install zfs My previous post covers how to setup a ZFS Pool, creating ZIL, and sharing the … Read more

Bluetooth mystery

For quite some time i’ve been told that peoples bluetooth Mac keyboard and mouse gets disconnected intermittently. I’ve done the usual, make sure the battery is good, reset the PRAM, Reset the Bluetooth adapter via the hidden menu, but no luck. We kind of brushed it off as there is too many Macs in the … Read more

Finding an associated Cisco Fabric Interconnect in ESXi

If you have SSH access to your ESX server, smbiosDump has some very useful information. If you look in “OEM Strings: #14”, you can see some very useful information: [root@ucs-test1:~] smbiosDump | grep “OEM Strings: #14” -A 4 OEM Strings: #14 $SPI:rack-unit-13 <- Server ID $SPT:hx-nodes <- Service Profile Template $SYS:test-fi1 <- Fabric Interconnect This … Read more

TV dashboards

I have a wall-mounted TV in the office where I want to show dashboards of different metrics. Cluster status, Nagios, network bandwidth, uptime, etc. They are all web-based and can be opened via web browser. I used Google Chrome and hit F11 to enter full screen mode to display my graphics. Since I have multiple … Read more