Love Virtual Machines and Hypervisors


As anyone who checked recently knows I had a HDD failure where My servers Operating system Hard Drive Failed, The Bios would not even recognize the drive being plugged in, So I figured i would be down for a while and set up a small web server in one of my Raspberry Pi’s.

What I did not know was how cheap mechanical Hard drives had become over the last year or so, The boot drive was a 500GB and well within warranty, so I had already planned to send it back to get it repaired/replaced, on a off trip to a local computer store I checked the price for another drive($64 and change) in the mean time and bought it on sight.

Seeing as with most of my recent servers I have switched to running different services in separate VMs I.E.: This Webserver in one, The IRC server in another, etc…

So Once I had the server back up bringing the services up was cake, just load each VM from the most current backup and were back where we were.

Feels good to have a decent back up stratagy.


Virus Scare leads to new Beginnings


Much as the title reads My computer(win 7 boot) started acting strange though no matter how much I scanned it and with(MS Defender Offline, Kaspersky Rescue and Clam AV which ran from my Dualboot of Ubuntu) everything came up clean.

By strange I mean things like device manager erroring out, other random errors that just made it seem like the system was compromised, so I pulled out a Ubuntu boot stick and wiped the drive with ‘shred -z’ which overwrote the drive three times before overwriting it with straight zeros.

After that I decided it was time to learn Windows 8 as I am the go to IT person for my and my wifes family, and staying behind the curve wont do me any good. So I Grabbed my copy of Win 8 and stuck it in, installed it, placed my antivirus, and could not get the system to update for the life of me.

Research, Madness and multiple computer threats later, I happened apon a page from my google search that stated if you have something, In my case my router, filtering active x to turn it off, Windows 8 will not update if you filter Active X, which has always been enabled in my Router and never caused an Issue in Win 7, never the less after disabling it Windows 8 updated and allowed me to install Media center.

That was Just Windows, I plan to install Kali Linux as well and see how it pans out as a daily driver as apposed to my old setup of Win/Ubuntu/BackTrack, If Kali will function as I need it to Ubuntu will go to the way side, With Kali I also plan to look into using an encrypted LVM to store it.

This is all for now,