Sep 162016
 

Are you booting your ESXi hosts from a single USB flash drive? What will you do if that USB stick dies?

Most modern servers now have internal dual SD cards that provide redundancy by allowing you to configure them in a RAID 1 mirror. What if you have an older server that doesn’t have this capability?

We recently put together a new ESXi host for our office on a refurbished Dell Poweredge R710. It has a single, internal SD card which offers no redundancy. We came up with a great solution that didn’t break the bank.

We went with the MiniPro RAID V2 FireWire 800, USB 3.0, eSATA 2-Bay Hard Drive / SSD Enclosure and two inexpensive ADATA Premier SP600 64GB 2.5 Inch SATA III Solid State Drives.

minipro-raid-1-usb-enclosure

It took about 5 minutes to install the two SSD drives into the enclosure. After that, set the switches on the back of the enclosure to RAID 1 and initialize the array. Attach it to the server via USB and when you install ESXi, it will see the enclosure as a single volume “MiniPro RAID 1”. Install ESXi to this storage and you’re good to go with a redundant RAID 1 solution for booting VMware ESXi.

 Posted by at 2:01 pm
Dec 092015
 

Growing up as a kid, we left the outer garage door closed and the inner door open. Never had any problems. Those days are over.

Until recently, leaving the main entrance door to an office open for visitors was the norm. Those days are also over.

For the inner garage door application, there are some really good options for increasing security while still providing easy access. I recommend the Schlage Keypad Entry with Auto-Lock. Click the image below for more info at Amazon. This lock provides good, light security for any door and is easy to install.

Schlage Keypad Entry with Auto-Lock

For commercial applications, you might want something more heavy duty. We installed the magnetic door lock pictured below at our office. Click the link for more information from the eBay seller.

Waterproof RFID Card Access with Magnetic Lock

Features include wireless remotes to open doors for visitors. The external keypad can be used with PIN only, RFID Card only, or both. Also included is an interior switch to be place near the door.

With a little bit of effort, you can inexpensively secure your Office or Home while still providing convenient access.

 Posted by at 10:34 am