Flashing LSI 2208 with IT firmware to use as an HBA

Danger Will Robinson!! This page has information which is not substantiated, and certainly not supported by any vendors mentioned on this page.  Any damage sustained to yourself, your equipment, or your data is entirely your own responsibility, and if you break things, whilst I am sympathetic and feel your pain, I am not responsible as…

Encrypted backup to the cloud

My current off-site backup is a couple of hard drives in external (usb2) enclosures, which are rotated to a family member’s house.  I’m now pondering adding a cloud-based backup to my environment. The problem with cloud backups is security – I want to encrypt the data locally, and then be able to rsync it to…

Review – Vantec EZ Swap F4 drive cage

I specifically chose the case for my new home server for its internal bays (7x 3.5″) and its external dimensions, as it has to fit on the same closet shelf as my old Microserver N36L.  I ended up choosing the Lian-Li PC-V354b Case which is working out great for me. More on that in another…

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…