Exploring Rockstor

I’ve been looking at NAS implementations for a long time. I looked at FreeNAS for a while then OpenMediaVault. But what I really wanted was to be able to take advantage of btrfs and its great RAID abilities – especially its ability to dynamically expand. So I was happy when I discovered Rockstor on Reddit. …

Setting up a Team Fortress 2 Server on CentOS 7

I used to have a Team Fortress 2 server on CentOS 6 with Virtual Box. Now that I’m using KVM/QEMU/Libvirt, I wanted to set up a new one. Also, Valve somewhat changed how they worked a few years ago and I wanted a clean slate. I started with a VM with 40GB. It’s not supposed …

Host to Guest Comms on KVM

So, the current solution for bridging with KVM/QEMU/Libvirt involves macvtap. This allows your VM to be seen by computers on the network which is key if you want to, say, run a server or DNS on a VM. However, there’s a catch – the host can’t reach the VM. Sometimes this doesn’t matter and sometimes …

How to add more RAM to a KVM Virtual Machine

I have  VM running Emby that I set up a while ago on an low spec machine that had been the guest computer before everyone got Chromebooks and tablets. But it only had 2GB of RAM and I gave 1GB to the VM. So I added some new RAM to bring the system up to …

This guy has figured out the holy grail of PC gaming

I’ve been dreaming (no foolin’) about this for two or more years now – having one computer running Linux with a Windows VM for gaming when there aren’t Linux ports. Less hardware overhead for me. But until now VMs haven’t been able to gain native use of the graphics card. This guy figured out how …

Home Server Project Update 2: Goodbye Arch Linux

As I documented before, I’ve had problems with Pogoplug and Arch Linux running my servers. Recently I’ve been having problems logging in via SSH on my updated Fedora computers. From what I can tell from a little research, it seems the old way of connecting had a flaw so updated SSH doesn’t want talk to …

Oracle’s Virtualbox vs Red Hat’s Virtual Machine Manager

I’ve been using Virtualbox for a long time to run virtual machines when I want to check out other distros before I install them on one of my computers or to review them.  It’s MOSTLY open source, although some of the key parts like USB 2.0 are free to use, but not open source.  So …