Where have you been Martin?

Its been a while but so much has happened since my last post.

If you have been reading my Milan – Taranto blog (and why have you not been?) you will now I had a 2 week trip to Italy in early July and ran in the Milan – Taranto rally on my MV 350B motorbike.

I returned to Australia mid July and started work straight away which came as a bit of a shock and its taken me a couple of weeks to stop wishing for Italy any longer.

I have doing little, just bits and pieces around the house, messing about with my computers (building a new mythtv box) and thinking about building a new webserver virtual machine to take over from my old one that has been running now for perhaps 3 years. I’m worried its a bit exposed.

What do people recommend as far as a flick the switch web server goes? Just down load a LAMP server from VMware and fire it up?

Meh, I don’t know. I’m thinking of going lightweight web-blog as well, wordpress seems to me to be the most bloated of all weblogs, I’m thinking nanoblogger.

So, suggestions on webserver VM and blogging app please.

ESX migration has begun

Well if you are reading this you’ll be pleased to know (at least I am) that I have migrated two machines to the new ESX box.

Its busy hosting the classic motorcycle forum on one VM and now my webserver etc in another VM. Swweeet! I can hear Western Power gasp as a large revenue stream starts drying up, namely me.

ESX Server

I am lucky enough to have a mate that from time to time gives me some of his old computer hardware. Recently he gave me a dual P4 2.4 Ghz XEON system along with (from memory) 5GB of RAM.

He installed ESX on it for me along with XP to only run the VI client – I feel a bit dirty running XP.

I am as happy as a pig in shit. Will slowly move my physical machines across to the new lump of hardware as VM’s using VMware converter.

Have already run into a problem getting an old Ubuntu 7.10 server install into ESX. It would appear that Ubuntu binds the NIC to a MAC and hence to an interface (eth0). ESX gives the VM NIC an new MAC address so its not getting on the network at the moment.

Looks like udev needs to be fooled into reassigning eth0 to the virtual NIC’s MAC address. Stay tuned (I’m sure you are all bursting to know what happens).