Jun 252018
 

It’s no secret that the Verizon supplied router and wireless access point has limited capabilities.  When I first got Verizon Fios at home, the router was free.  Now they make you pay for it.

Even if you put your own router at the head of your network, you still need the Verizon router around to provide network services for the Set-top Boxes (STBs) via the Coax interface.  Without it, you will not be able to access the channel guide and On-Demand.  The best way to accomplish this is described in a previous post VLAN your Verizon FiOS Actiontec Router with OpenWRT,

Still, I’ve always wanted to get rid of the Verizon router completely.  Over this past weekend, my Verizon Fios ONT died and was replaced.  During this process, we ended up using a MoCA Network Adapter (ECB5240M) and was able to remove the Verizon router.  Via Ethernet, I connected it to a switch port on the router configured with its own DHCP enabled VLAN.  Plug in the Coax, and the STBs get an IP address, access to the internet, and both On-Demand and the channel guide work fine.  Goodbye Verizon Fios router.

If you go this route, don’t throw out your old Verizon router.  If you have issues and call Verizon support, they may complain that you’re using your own router.  If so, just pull it out of the junk bin and hook it back up for them.

 Posted by at 12:08 pm
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.

minipro-raid-1-usb-enclosure

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.

 Posted by at 2:01 pm