Sep 162016

Are you booting your ESXi hosts from a single USB flash drive? What will you do if that USB stick dies?

Most modern servers now have internal dual SD cards that provide redundancy by allowing you to configure them in a RAID 1 mirror. What if you have an older server that doesn’t have this capability?

We recently put together a new ESXi host for our office on a refurbished Dell Poweredge R710. It has a single, internal SD card which offers no redundancy. We came up with a great solution that didn’t break the bank.

We went with the MiniPro RAID V2 FireWire 800, USB 3.0, eSATA 2-Bay Hard Drive / SSD Enclosure and two inexpensive ADATA Premier SP600 64GB 2.5 Inch SATA III Solid State Drives.


It took about 5 minutes to install the two SSD drives into the enclosure. After that, set the switches on the back of the enclosure to RAID 1 and initialize the array. Attach it to the server via USB and when you install ESXi, it will see the enclosure as a single volume “MiniPro RAID 1”. Install ESXi to this storage and you’re good to go with a redundant RAID 1 solution for booting VMware ESXi.

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Jun 032016

Adblock Plus
Adblock Plus is a free browser plug-in for Chrome, Firefox, and Internet Explorer. In addition to the obvious function of blocking advertisements, Adblock Plus also provides the following benefits:

  1. Speeds up web browsing by decreasing page load times.  No more waiting for advertising DNS lookups and image/banner downloads.
  2. Can block tracking including cross domain advertising networks.  For example, ever go searching for a product on Google then all of a sudden you see advertisements on other sites for the product you searched for?
  3. Blocks known malware domains.  Fake advertisements have always been a vector for injecting malware.
  4. Works on Facebook and YouTube.  No more annoying ads at the beginning of YouTube videos!
  5. You can allow unobtrusive ads to support websites.

Additionally, you can add your own filters.  Recently, I’ve noticed taboola.com showing a bunch of cross domain advertisements.  To block these incredibly annoying and obtrusive ads, just add a custom filter.

taboola spam

Adblock Plus is a great tool.  Install it on all of your computers and enjoy the internet without annoying ads!


 Posted by at 10:29 am