OpenSolaris is dead - what's next?
After Oracle has expressed its intention to discontinue OpenSolaris now its time for OpenSolaris users to think about what to do. I haven’t made my mind yet where I will move my Homeserver to. Right now I’m consindering these choices: Solaris 11 FreeBSD 8.1 Nexenta Core Platform 3.0 Of course you can wait for Solaris 11 to appear, but this release will not be free for my use...
ZFS-Filer based on Dell PowerEdge R510
Today I was working with a customer who wants to built a Solaris 10 / ZFS server node with a lot of internal disks for file serving purposes. I suggested a Dell PowerEdge R510 with a PERC H700 Controller and 12 internal 2 TB SATA HDDs (3.5”). Each HDD will be setup as RAID0 set on the PERC H700 RAID Controller and handed out to ZFS to built a RAID-Z2 on top of it. In addition the...
Installing Teradata Express on VirtualBox
Teradata makes its latest version of its Analytical DBMS available for developers to try out in their own sandbox (“Teradata Express”). This catched my interested as I wanted to learn more about Teradata. Teradata Express 13 is available for Windows, for VMware and as SaaS hosted on Amazon EC2. I tried out the Amazon EC2 hosted version first, but I dislike the fact that it looses all...
Filesharing with my MacBooks, Timemachine &...
I installed netatalk (AppleTalk protocol for UNIX) on the server. Now I can share my files with the two MacBooks in the house easily and I have a perfect location for Timemachine backups. It running without any problems for some month now and I’m very happy. This guide from Christopher Warner helped me getting it up and running. Timemachine already saved my life when I accidentally deleted...
Quick Update: Home Server - Power consumption
I put a simple powermeter on my homeserver. It is consuming about 60 to 65 Watts. Not bad, if you consider the power and capacity. But I would love too reduce it even more - perhaps with the next Intel Atom generation (if it will get ECC support).
Building an OpenSolaris Homeserver
After some thinking around christmas about how to protect my digital assets (mainly Photos and Music, some Movies and some Documents) I decided to build a Homeserver based on OpenSolaris. Why do I want a server at home? For the last two years I have kept my personal data on NAS device built by Fujitsu-Siemens which is sitting in my basement. The problem with this is not that I’m running...