Migrating vCenter

As it turns out, migrating the vCenter Server Appliance was not as straight forward as I thought. This was mostly because I didn’t think about how the process would work, and just assumed that the Veeam Quick Migration feature would save me. Spoilers, it didn’t, everything broke, and now I’m writing this up.

Updating vSphere (vCenter and ESXi)

Updating vSphere vCenter 6.7 Updating things is always fun! It’s a good thing that updating vCenter is pretty easy, and the VMware documentation is useful to boot. You can also check out Mike Tabor, who has a good guide on updating the vCenter Server Appliance too.

Merging Internal USB Connectors

Recently I bought a new computer and while assembling it, I ran into a problem where I didn’t have enough internal USB Type A 2.0 (The “normal” rectangle one you gotta flip three times) headers on the motherboard. The outside of the case has one Type C (USB C) and one Type A SuperSpeed(+)?

Hushing the Dell R710 Fans

In my living room there’s a server rack holding a Dell R710. This server is nice and tidy, has good airflow available, and has an acceptable amount of redundancy built into various aspects. It spends it’s life powered down. In my closet there’s a whitebox jammed in the corner.

Free DDNS using ddclient and Cloudflare

I was on the hunt for a suitable Dynamic DNS solution. There’s a whole bunch of paid and free services that can do this. Although… I’m not too keen on paying or having a free account to some random service. That’d mean making yet another account and then probably updating it every month to keep it active.