How to Configure a GPU for passthru and VCenter 7

Install the required graphics card(s) into your server, and power on the ESXi host. Go to VCenter and find the ESXi host the card was installed in. Click on Configure -> PCI Devices and Configure Passthrough Select the GPUs and Audio Controller. The Audio Controller is not necessary, but I tend to use it anyway. …

How to Configure Synology iSCSi for VM Homelab

Login to your Synology and launch iSCSI Manager Select Target and click Create Name your Target and Select Next Click Next to create a new LUN Name your LUN and select the size Click Apply and wait for the LUN to setup Login to your Vcenter, select a ESXi Server and click on Configure and …

Cheap 10gbe Network Adapter for Synology DS3018xs

In preparation for working with Boot from SAN and other high network requirement work with my Synology, I looked into getting a 10gbe adapter.  Unfortunately, the Synology Branded 10gbe Adapters are extremely expensive. I was lucky enough to have a Mellanox ConnectX-2 Card kicking around.   These single port 10gbe cards can be found on eBay …

How to Install and Configure Zabbix

One of the issues I have with Observium is how limited the Device Discovery is.  Not all SNMP devices are recognized, and there is no way to customize the system with new Device MIB Files.  Zabbix was recommended to me by a couple of former coworkers, so I decided to give it a shot. First …

How to Install SNMP on UnRAID6

One of the things I like to have in my lab environment is the ability to monitoring all OSes and keep an eye on such things as temperatures, disk space, and other sensors.  I was disheartened to find that UnRAID 6 did not have SNMP installed or configured. After some searching I was able to figure …

No 10gbe NICs showing in VMware 6.X with X10SDV-7TP4F

When I started building my VMware ESXi server, I did not have a Switch that could handle 10Gbe SFP+.  Now that I have a Dell X1052, I figured I would cable up a 10Gbe DAC and get moving.  Much to my surprise, I received a link light on the switch, but not on the motherboard. …

How To Setup a CentOS 7 Syslog Server

Today we learn how to build a syslog server.  Having a couple SuperMicro Builds, Switches and Firewalls, I want to be able to know what is going on by looking at one central source.   Easiest way to do this, and one that most Network Devices and SuperMicro Motherboards support is syslog. First step is …

PRTG Install Instructions

I am a bit of a Monitoring junky, and while I am mostly fluent Microsoft’s System Center Operations Manager, Observium, and Nagios/Opennms I do have a passing interest in PRTG For myself, my current Observium Install does not have the MIBs installed to monitor my Dell x1052 Switch, and I liked to see a little …

VMWare ESXi Passthrough and Freenas

I recently had user colicstew comment that they could not get Freenas 9.10.2 U3 to see drives on his LSI2116.  Luckily I have some unused 2TB Drives and LSI 2116 Controller as part of my Xeon D Lab. First step was to passthrough my LSI2116 Controller and Reboot the Server.  You should see Enabled/Active for …