Building FreeNAS with Xen PVHVM support

Ok, this took a long time to build, but it works, and the end result was ISO and img files for both i386 and x64. Update: By popular request, I’ve uploaded the iso for those unable/unwilling to build it.. see this latest post for the link to the iso. For the more intrepid who want…

Xen – which dom0 platform makes sense?

When I first started running Xen at home, it was on Fedora Core 6, and I was using hardware which didn’t include hardware-level virtualization support.  Crazy huh? Since the first iterations of my home server, I’ve been through Centos 5, and my current home server runs Scientific Linux 6 (SL6) for which I had to…

ZFS on Xen – why so hard?

Ok, so no posts for a couple of weeks.  Why?  Well I’ve been banging my head against various ZFS appliances, trying to make them do what I want 🙂 What I want is to migrate my old HP Microserver over to new hardware, and in the process, change out a bunch of the network services…

The home server closet

Sept. 30th 2011 was the day the microserver went live.  So for the last 2 years, our home network has been centered around this little HP Microserver N36L.  These are great little machines I must say – its been rock solid, no hardware issues, and has just sat in the closet chugging away with barely…

Scheduled Programming.. huh?

So we’ve got two young children aged 5 and 7.  They have no concept of “scheduled programming” for television – to them, TV has always been an on-demand thing. Why? We’ve been running MythTV since before they were born, so they’ve grown up with it.  It works like Tivo – you tell it which programs…