Monday, March 26, 2012

Side Project - VMWare ESXi

Some time late last year, I decided that most off-the-shelf routers are terrible and I needed to find a better solution. After looking high and low on the interwebs I settled on pfSense, a FreeBSD based firewall. The only thing I needed was another network port, so after some research I bought a dual port Intel NIC on eBay. That didn't work out so well. I was running VMWare ESXi 4.0 which wouldn't cooperate; giving me PSOD's. Thinking that ESXi 4.1 would solve the problem, I then took the risk of upgrading. The reason I say risk is because to this day I haven't figured out how I got ESXi to work on the MCP73 nForce chipset. I had to uncomment a driver in some file to load the nv_sata.o file. Thankfully upgrading didn't mess up the config file. Unfortunately this didn't solve my PSOD, so it was back to looking for a compatible NIC. Finally, I settled on a single port Broadcom. This worked great and I've had no problems at all, so far. Great this is working out, so I thought.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

New Domain Name

I finally got around to getting a domain name. You can use either listed below.