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Finally got a Silicon Graphics Visual Workstation 330. Not a traditional Silicon Graphics by any means, but the case was neat and fufills a nostalgic purpose. [caption id="attachment_29" align="aligncenter" width="550" caption="SGI VS 330 in box"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_31" align="aligncenter" width="550" caption="SGI VS 330 Sideview"][/caption] Not wanting to be limited to Dual Pentium 3 933mhz CPUs and no SATA support, I used a spare CPU, ram and motherboard I had laying around. [caption id="attachment_32" align="aligncenter" width="550" caption="Asus M4A89GTD/USB3, Corsair XMS3 16gb, Athlon II X3 435 and Crucial 64gb"][/caption] In addition I swapped out the rear fan, being 11 years old it was quite noisy. I had a spare CoolerMaster 120mm low-rpm Blue LED fan that fit perfectly in the back. All in all, pretty smooth swap. Downloaded the Network Install CD of OpenSuse 12.1, installed it and was ready to go in under an hour. In it's completed form: [caption id="attachment_33" align="aligncenter" width="550" caption="Completed swap of parts out of the SGI VS 330"][/caption] All that's left now is to de-scuff the case to bring it back closer to a new state.
Been reading: Definitely recommended reading when you get a chance. Learned a ton about Wireless Security. If you're on Fios definitely make sure the Verizon Router they give you is on WPA at least, by default they come with WEP turned on and basically broadcast the password inside the packets it sends out in broadcast. On a related note, if you want to mess with your router, checkout this site. I flashed my router to it a month or so ago. The web interface is so much smoother than the factory firmware. Going along with the wireless theme, I got 2 netbooks yesterday, well ordered them at least. Got a pair of these bad boys: Got 2 spare Corsair 4gb DDR3 so-dimms, an OCZ Vertex 30GB SDD and an OCZ Vertex 2 60gb SSD. I plan to swap out the 1gb sticks and 250gb 5400 drives in it with those parts, should bring the performance up considerably. I plan to do extensively benchmarking before and after so everyone will know how each benefited and what percentage. I definitely will be wiping the Windows 7 Starter Edition for OpenSuse. They should be both come Tuesday, latest Wednesday so stay tuned!
Upon creating a datastore on my Western Digital 2TB Green drive, I didn't realize the default max size for a datastore based on the default 1MB block size was 256GB.  Part of the reasoning for building a ESXi server was to create a OpenSuse 11.4 VM to backup my SAN, HTPC and Workstation. 256GB datastores won't really work for my needs.  Luckily you aren't limited by it.   Just in case someone is searching on a solution, you have to wipe your datastore and update your block size accordingly:
  • 1MB =256GB
  • 2MB=512GB
  • 4MB=1TB
  • 8MB=2TB