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Cloning a VirtualBox Ubuntu Server onto a KVM Slice with a smaller SSD than the VDI size

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Start off by shutting down your virtual server and cloning it (complete copy) of the original container. Download GParted LiveCD and boot it inside your cloned virtualbox container. Shrink and left align the partitions in gparted. Reboot and boot into your system. Boot back into gparted. Setup networking with the icon on the desktop. You will have 3 partitions. One is the grub partition, one is the boot partition, and one is your root directory. In the case you are using LVM, your LVM will appear in one partition. In this particular case, in VirtualBox, our partitions appear as /dev/sda#. On our KVM slice, our… Read More »Cloning a VirtualBox Ubuntu Server onto a KVM Slice with a smaller SSD than the VDI size

Why use parity?

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First, some background reading. I have been managing hard drive storage for many years now. While my experiences come from years of maintaining data, I am not an IT Professional (though I am an engineer). Start off by reading this article on Storage Spaces War Stories blog, a blog about Microsoft Storage Spaces among other things. The article linked is not specific to Microsoft Storage Spaces, it applies to Network Attached Storage (NAS) in general, including NAS appliances, Unraid servers, etc., or any sort of Redundant Array of Inexpensive Disks (RAID) environment. The idea in question is that of parity or RAID 5 to be… Read More »Why use parity?

Social Media Etiquette

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Today I’m going to discuss a topic which I myself am guilty of not fully living up to myself in recent times: social media etiquette. What is social media etiquette? To put it simply to explain, it’s the “what not to do” on social networking websites. I’m referring to LinkedIn, specifically. Now, I’m not saying you have to be the steadfast unwavering male priest in the roman catholic church. Even priests have their vices (they’re human) and so will you. Don’t take a holier than thou approach to etiquette, that’s part of etiquette as I will explain. Actually, the word etiquette is probably misleading so I will define: It’s not the “what… Read More »Social Media Etiquette