Well after picking up my HPC7000 Blade chassis with some nice components I finally made room in my computer room and got the chassis powered up. I also picked up some barebones Bl460 G7 blade servers I can get started on.
First as noted I needed to get the chassis together and in my computer room. First I put my main chassis on a four wheel heavy duty furniture dolly then snapped in the backplane and modules.
I then stacked all of my UPS on one side of my 19″ rack on another four wheel heavy duty furniture dolly. Then wheeled in the C7000 chassis.
Then my issue is I didn’t have the proper power cords so picked those up at the same place I got the barebone servers. Still I had a power issue as my power supplies only operate off of 200-240vac. Found some power supplies that work off of 100-120vac and I have power.
Now the LCD screen is locked so I cannot configure anything that way and I can’t guess the IP address of the HP OA(Onboard Administrator) for the C7000 chassis. I try resetting the OA but that does nothing.
Now I decide to serial into the OA and find my USB to serial cable but I need the female to female null modem adaptor. I know I have one but can’t find it. I head over to Frye’s to get a null modem cable.
Now I cannot login using my Windows laptop because Windows 10 no longer has HyperTerminal and cannot load proper drivers for my USB to serial cable.
Now thank goodness the null modem cable is long so I go connect it to my Linux workstation. Now it’s been the ’90’s since I did Linux or UNIX serial connections using Kermit and I’m having issues. Finally I get minicom command to work connect to the HP OA and reset my password and network information.
Just the baby steps and the technical commands and steps I’ll post later plus a few more pictures.
July 25, 2019
by dhoytt Comments Off on Changed Icecast Relay to Another System
I am retiring one of my systems that is using some energy for processes that don’t require a lot of system resources and one of the things it did was run my Icecast relays. I switched the Icecast relays to one of my virtual systems and will have a backup for them ready on another system.
Had you been connected to my Icecast relay you would have had a brief buffering like pause and been reconnected.
I just had to install from a repo on to one of my Centos 7 systems copy over my configured icecast.xml file from another system, change the ip.address/system names appropriately in the file then open my ports with firewalld, forward ports on router, then point to the new system in my Broadcasting software SAM and I was back up again. I did notice some brief disconnects but they came right back!
Finally got the front yard to an easier maintenance state. Pulled the weeds put down some more weed block, put in some coyote statues then layered in some black bark, then manicured the bushes and it’s looking much better.
I even had to fix this t-junction I happened to accidentally step on that feeds my front yard drip system.
July 9, 2019
by dhoytt Comments Off on Pictures Tell the Story of Backyard Garden Improvements
After coming back from overseas abruptly for personal reasons came back to an overgrown vegetable garden with ruined sprinklers. First I pulled the big weeds, then, repaired the drip system in the backyard, then watered a while used a semi-operational rototiller and a light weight tiller then raked weeds and roots that filled my green waste bin.
I then laid out some mature vegetables with a little top soil under and around the vegetables to form a top soil moat to allow the roots to grow and take hold quickly. Then placed the drips in more permanent positions.
During testing of the drip system that’s was damaged by people who were supposed to be taking care of my yard I noticed a leak spring up and became a mini-geyser I had no choice but to fix right away.
To get to the actual leak I went down about 2.5 feet deep and 3.5 feet wide plus 2 feet across. The soil was hard clay and roots some almost the diameter of pvc pipe then some like heavy wire every inch. A lot of roots were wrapped around the sprinkler pipes and valves so I had to use hand tools scrape away dirt, then make sure it wasn’t pipe or wiring from the sprinkler control unit. I even had to strategically cut roots as they had tension pulling every way on the pipes so if I cut one side the pipes or valves may get pulled and caused damage going the other way. Was slow going but got to the main issue in several hours.
Diagnosing the leak I found that I needed to replace some threaded 90 degree pvc joint leading to the sprinkler valve for my vegetable gardens. I have a total of 4 separate sprinkler zones one for drips in the front yard that came with the house I added to, my vegetable gardens in the backyard, grass strips in the backyard and one for potted/hanging plants in the backyard I have capped currently.
During this replacement of the piping I decided to replace the sprinkler valves with one that was easier to test with that had a handle you could get leverage on. The local big box hardware stores all had the same brands with small handles that over time and hard water make you place stress when testing. Plus they seem to not handle back flow well but they worked. I also decided to use a pipe union joint on both pipes in flow and out flow.
To avoid having to dig through clay soil and roots again I looked into a sprinkler valve box so I could leave the dirt out from around the sprinkler valves and pipes so they are easier to update or fix next time. Traditional valve covers didn’t work so finally got the idea to put a fake rock valve cover over the sprinkler valves. I then noticed my front sprinkler pipes were leaking badly before I could put execute my plan.
I thenhad to dig somemore and thenupontestingfound the pipe adhesive on the anglepipes on the out flow had failed. These weredone by the builder. I knocked off the oldsolvent, sanded by hand pipe and corner joint resealed.
I picked up some root block from a professionallawncare store Ihadfound the traditional lawn valve coversthatdidn’t work for mysituation.
Well the root blocks weren’t going to work either. So I just filled the bottom of the space of pipes with river rocks. Then to provide a base for my imitation granite rock sprinkler valve cover I inserted a 2 deep layer of concrete edge stones you would use for raised gardens to form a root block as well!
Now with work and other commitments this has taken parts of the last month. I basically finished this part of my project this weekend and vacation day from Wednesday to Monday by pulling weeds from vegetable gardens that newly popped up plus thorny weeds wit pick from my grass I had hired someone else to take care of while I was gone and power washing my concrete a second time from the dirt all this work produces.
All this time my 11kw solar system was also being worked on. Well the project is complete to get my sprinklers and yard into my normal acceptable range. Still work to do and the ever present maintenance. Plus some nice accents and finishing touches for later in the week. I have so much that needed to be done I’m sure I left out major steps.
That sums up only the outside around the house projects I of course have a bunch of other things going but wanted to document this.
July 5, 2019
by dhoytt Comments Off on Curio Shopping Gaming Chair and C7000 BladeSystem Buying
Went looking for a corner curio almost bought it ended up with a gaming chair, HP C7000 Blade Chassis a couple of C7000 VC 10 GB modules and oh yeah an irrigation granite rock imitation valve cover!
Had 4 people help put the C7000 Chassis on my truck but only myself to take off my truck into the house and up a flight of stairs.
That’s right hundreds of pounds up the stairs by myself in pieces! Still the two main pieces were no joke and I walked the main chassis up one stair at a time after muscling it inside to the stairwell.
Here are the pics and I will start testing and playing with it soon!
June 14, 2019
by dhoytt Comments Off on Apache not Reading php.ini Changes Configuring New Zoneminder Install
wanted to setup some quick testing of Zoneminder on different
platforms last night and started the basic configurations. Installed
Fedora 30 , installed RpmFusion repository, installed mysql community
database mariadb, Apache installed, install Zoneminder rpms using
through the initial steps with Zoneminder configurations opened up
firewall ports then navigated to the initial web page and got the
is not installed properly: php’s date.timezone is not set to a valid
be simple go into “/etc/php.ini” set date.timezone
restart Apache/HTTPD and get
past that message
get in and do the initial configurations within Zoneminder but
that’s not what happened.
set date.timezone to America/Los_Angeles
restarted Apache with systemctl and no changes. Checked for typos and
invisible characters in
and nothing changed again. I started checking permissions on web
files, started looking through “/etc/http/conf.d/php.conf” check
Zonemindr config files everything looks solid but I still get the
is not installed properly: php’s date.timezone is not set to a valid
is a minimal install and I’m
sure I only have one version of php and Apache. To
again looks good and proves I’m editing the only and correct
php.ini file but this isn’t translating to Zoneminder I looked for
overriding parameters not finding any.
found many workarounds in forums like providing the date.timezone
value in “/etc/http/conf.d/php.conf” or going into
and commenting out the code checking date.timezone for
the Zoneminder application.
I don’t want edits and hacks all over in non-default files because
when updating or changing things these things may cause
I created a phpinfo web page navigate to it and date.timezone
“php -i” shows properly still!
so obviously php.ini isn’t passing the date.timezone parameter to
Apache for some reason even though the phpinfo web page shows it’s
using the “/etc/php.ini” configuration file for php!
checked the current Zoneminder system and they are
setup with Apache and PHP identically
except the OS versions
Fedora 28 versus Fedora 30 so I started searching for difference in
the versions and found what I needed in the Fedora forums. FastCGI is
now a required
for Apache/httpd via the “php-fpm” service.
– The PHP FastCGI Process Manager
I noticedphp-fpm has not been restarted since I made my changes in “/etc/php.ini” so now I decide to restart “php-fpm” and the “ZoneMinder is not installed properly: php’s date.timezone is not set to a valid timezone” message is gone so now I can actually configure Zoneminder with my cameras!
this is what’s needed to
make sure your changes you make in /etc/php.ini are passed on to
Apache in Fedora 30 and possibly other versions starting at Fedora 27
though I didn’t have this issue with Fedora 28 or
notice it for some reason:
systemctl restart httpd
systemctl restart php-fpm
by creating a pphpinfo file and navigating to it
Moving site back to ASUS RT-N66U old router after going to the
Linksys 3200ACM that failed on me each time I went out of town
leaving my sites, smart devices, cameras and other items unreachable
through that route. I worked with Linksys support up to 3rd
level and the only solutions they had for any issues was to delete my
config and start over which I couldn’t do remotely and of course is
not a long term solution and they hadn’t updated or implemented
fixes since January 2018 and yes I could go Ddwrt which was a plan
but I decided not on this Belkin product which bought out the Linksys
name in 2013 I found out. This was the second time the Linksys
router failed on me as this current router is and RMA brand new
product for the prior router with same model that failed totally
losing it’s configuration before!
Luckily I did have
some remote capabilities through other routers and I was able to hop
on to my servers via that route and switched over my dhoytt.com site
and music server and point my DNS to another static IP about a month
I then to alter
routes on my W2012 media streaming server, my Linux Centos 7 music
IceCast music relay server that also monitors many of my systems to
properly get my music streams out. I had to open up ports through
another router via my LAN once in to the static ip address I pointed
my music streams and websites to. I then added a static route on the
Linksys that had stopped communicating over the WAN but still had LAN
connectivity to go through my camera server as it was straddling all
my networks and was able to communicate to most of my smart devices.
I did have to take
down temporarily my hoytt.biz site. I walked a friend of mind through
connecting a network cable to a third NIC I had on my Zoneminder
physical server I had setup to my camera network.
Now I came back
home due to a family issue and during this time I’m also correcting
my router remote access issues. First I of course removed the Linksys
3200ACM and purchased a new ASUS AC86U which pretty much worked well
except had interference issues with my other routers and routes in
the ares over wireless so after almost a week I took it back and I’m
back on my old but reliable ASUS RT-N66U.
I moved all my
routing on my servers back to the original networks and pointed my
DNS for dhoytt.com to my prior static ip.address and brought back up
hoytt.biz. All of my music server streams are as they originally were
and connecting my smart devices back where they belong. This is why I
go for dependability and not flash look at all this work I had to do,
and I truly understated the amount of effort it took to do this
remotely from a slow internet connection I had that would stall where
I was half a world away.
So if you noticed
any minor glitches this morning that was me switching things over to
the way its been for the most part for many years concept wise save
my constant upgrading and changing the underlying technologies. I
also updated several of my servers OS. As DNS propagates there may be
some minor connectivity but if you use FQDN instead of actual hard
coded ip.addesses you should reach my sites just fine. There may be a
few things I have missed but not bad for an hour or so of actual
work. I may also still get a new router so still holding out for that
but I want the best ROI.
March 10, 2019
by dhoytt Comments Off on Sunday Monotony Killer Music Mix
some very monotonous tasks that need to be done but mind numbing
is all music from my den “Snakeice’s House of Beats”. That
means all the infrastructure producing the musical stream and
websites are on systems right in my personal computers on a on
premises type cloud in my home that I have created from scratch on my
personal property and I alone administer and support and customize
the systems to my specifications network, hardware, software
applications and storage is all my design and build specifications.
do this for the experience of interacting with the various open
source technologies that most people pay fees to have someone
provide. Many people repackage and present this which is fine but I
like providing the whole package otherwise its of no interest to me
to have someone else host and do the work what am I learning and its
like to reiterate this periodically as people ask questions. A select
few understand (technology and why I do it) most don’t.
this mix as most here even when I’m just relying on the scripts
will be a special mix of various hand picked genres with a set of
songs that at this point and time I want to hear and flow together. I
can’t do just one genre I like several for my musical palate. They
can be complex or simple but music I enjoy and hopefully you will as
still have yet to incorporate some more Indies artists music that
people have sent me lately and I will get you in the mix soon! Until
A few artist coming up are some you have heard of and maybe some you haven’t are Icey Jaye, Popcaan, C-Bo, Will Smith, Doug E. Fresh, Meyer Rossabi, Leon Bridges, Ellie Goulding and so many more from all eras and many genres.
February 27, 2019
by dhoytt Comments Off on Midweek Blowing Out the Cobwebs Music