Author Archives: Mike Pelley

About Mike Pelley

Let’s see… A little about me… I’ve been around information technology since 1983 with computers such as DEC Rainbows (weird machine – the standard DOS couldn’t format its own floppy disks – remember them? – and I had to format them on a friend’s IBM PC) to Radio Shack TRS-80 to Apple ][e and Apple //c in the beginning. I have programmed in 8-bit assembly language on 6502, FORTRAN and COBOL on IBM System/370 (and I still hate JCL), VAX BASIC and COBOL (and a weird and massive WordPerfect 4.0 macro) on DEC VMS (Alpha), C/C++ on Digital Unix (ALPHA), and C/C++, Perl (it may be powerful but I still hate it), PHP on Linux (Red Hat, Centos, Ubuntu, etc.). I have work with databases such as Digital RDB (later to become Oracle RDB), Oracle DBMS, Microsoft SQL Server, MySQL and PostgreSQL on VAX, Alpha, Sun and Intel. Check out my professional profile and connect with me on LinkedIn. See http://lnkd.in/nhTRZe I still think that Digital created some of the best ideas in the world: VAX clustering, DSSI disks (forerunner to SCSI) and the Alpha processor (first commercial 64-bit processor – Red Hat screamed on an Alpha!). DEC just could not seem to be able to give air conditioners away to someone lost in the Sahara Desert! VMware is one of the best ways to get the most out of an x64 server. And I have tried Oracle VM, Virtual Box and Microsoft Virtual Server. Outside of that I am a huge military history buff starting in the early 20th century. I love Ford Mustangs (my ’87 Mustang GT was awesome) and if I had the money I would have a Porsche 928S4. If I had a lot of money I would have a Porsche 911 Turbo. I also play too much AmrA 3 Exile mod. Over 5,000+ hours... I have a wonderful son, Cameron. I have a long suffering (Do you really need all that computer junk?) wife, Paula. I live in Paradise, Newfoundland and Labrador.

Jumped Off the Dock

Sometimes when you get to the end of the dock, you want to jump into the water. After getting comfortable (enough) with Proxmox I took the plunge and deleted ESXi 7 from my DL380 Gen9 and moved all of my … Continue reading

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Running on Proxmox 7.2

I took the plunge over the last few nights and migrated all of my VMs from ESXi to Proxmox. Outside of the previously mentioned updates to the NIC configurations, everything went fine. You will need to follow the instructions for … Continue reading

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…And back to Proxmox

After about a couple of weeks trying out XCP-NG I do not think it is for me. I still think that XCP-NG has great capabilities but it does not really seem polished. Maybe I needed a couple more weeks to … Continue reading

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ArmA III Online on Ubuntu 22.04 – WORKS

After far too many years it looks like ArmA III is working on Linux. While you still have to use Steam’s Proton Expermental branch performance matches, for me at least, Windows 10. My desktop PC is an old i7-4790K, Asus … Continue reading

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VMware ESXi to XCP-NG

Given the pending Broadcom acquisition of VMware, I have been giving some thought about an alternative for my homelab virtualisation solution. Given Broadcom’s previous approaches to acquisitions, given I am using the free version of ESXi I have concerns whether … Continue reading

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Ubuntu 22.04 and Lenovo IdeaPad L340-15IRH (aide-mémoire)

For some reason the default driver for the Realtek RTL8111/8168/8411 wired Ethernet controller in the Lenovo IdealPad L340-15IHR will not work under Ubuntu 22.04. This happens with both a clean install and upgrading from Ubuntu 21.04/21.10. The solution is to … Continue reading

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10GbE iSCSI – Nice and Quick

I’ve been running iSCSI between my DL380 Gen9 VMware ESXi 7.0.3 server and Synology RS1221+ NAS at 1GbE. It works okay but as one would expect it is not all that quick. For my birthday I received a Synology E10G21-F2 … Continue reading

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ESXi Patching – Deprecated CPUs

Another aide-mémoire so I don’t have to search 🙂 esxcli network firewall ruleset set -e true -r httpClient esxcli software profile update -p [PATCH_LEVEL} \ –no-hardware-warning \ -d https://hostupdate.vmware.com/software/VUM/PRODUCTION/main/vmw-depot-index.xml esxcli network firewall ruleset set -e false -r httpClient

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THIS Goes Here :-)

I decided to treat myself. It was definitely not the way I wanted to treat myself as it was from my inheritance from the passing of my father in October 2020. But, after my sister and myself got the estate … Continue reading

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What Goes Here?

Fall is fully here. We’ve had our first snowfall. About 15-20 cm November 5th to 6th overnight. Most of it has melted – but not all. I actually put my snow tires on… Anyway, I’ve been a little bored so…

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