Installing SQUID on a Synology NAS


I’m not going to go into exactly why (it’s a minor networking niggle following on from a change in broadband provider) but I wanted a simple HTTP proxy in my lab so that my lab VMs could get out on to the internet. Mostly for installing updates etc. Since my NAS is ideally placed in my network I thought that I’d use that. It’s only a short-term thing anyway. Now in order to get a proxy service on to the NAS, I needed to setup IPKG first. This allowed me to install and configure SQUID as follows: 1. Open an SSH session to the NAS 2. Download and install SQUID 3. Perform a couple of configuration commands 4. SQUID can now be started using /opt/etc/init.d/S80squid start Now there may be some additional changes you … [Read more...]

How to install IPKG on a Synology NAS


Sometimes you want to install “community” or third party packages on your Synology NAS and they require IPKG (Itsy Package Management System) to be present. Instruction about how to go about this seem to vary and are often specific for the CPU inside your NAS. The easiest method that I’ve found for getting IPKG installed is as follows... First job is to open an SSH session to the NAS and confirm what type of processor it has. This can be done using the following command: For my DS1513+ it returns: Next you need to dig around the site to find the correct bootstrap for your architecture. In my case it’s … [Read more...]

LonVMUG 23rd January 2014

First VMUG of the year*. That has a nice sound to it. Full of promises for lots of good events to come. The lovely folks who organise the London VMUG look to be putting on a super first event for 2014 and I'm looking forward to it. As well as having a distinctly "cloudy" flavour to it, there's a series of lightning talks on home labs scheduled. I know that the committee have been debating a trial of this format for a while now because I've suggested it a time or two myself. It works very well at CloudCamp (which, coincidentally, is on the same day but starting at 6:30pm - register for it here if you're interested) and I hope it will fit in very nicely here too. Track A Track B 0830 - 0945 Event Reception 1000 - … [Read more...]

Home Lab Build: vSpecialistLabs v2


So, time to update the home labs information, and yes, this time I may have overdone it a little in one or two areas. I spend most of Sunday rebuilding my home lab (christened some time ago as vSpecialistlabs v2), adding some elements, changing and tweeking some hardware, and removing other hardware I wasn't using at the time. Essentially, I've ended-up with a home lab that comprises the following aspects: Multi-site VM configuration, with multi-host clusters at both sites. iSCSI shared storage for main 'production' site. vSphere Replication to backup 'DR' site. Managed networking. Below is a picture of my home lab set-up, and you can immediately see where I may have gone OTT - screens! For some reason, I love to have … [Read more...]

vSpecialist Labs: Hardware

Part One - Hardware I've been fortunate to get my hands on some pretty decent hardware (for a 'home' lab setup anyway) to build this lab. The servers are as follows: Servers: - 2 Servers @ 2 x Quad Xeon 2.0GHz / 16GB RAM - 2 Servers @ 2 x Dual Xeon 2.66GHz / 16GB RAM - 1 Server @ 2 x Quad Xeon 2.0GHz / 8GB RAM - 1 Server @ 2 x Dual Xeon 2.6GHz / 8GB RAM - 1 Server @ 2 x Dual Xeon 3.0GHz / 4GB RAM Storage: - 1 x HP MSA1000 (14 x Ultra320 SCSI 15k) - 2 x HP / Brocade Switches (7 ports per switch - 1 x MSA60 (14 x Ultra320 SCSI 15k) Network: - 4 x 1GB NICs per ESXi host - 2 x 4GB HBA per ESXi host - 1 x 48-port Cisco access switch All the kit is now installed into the racks and available via remote control. … [Read more...]

vSpecialist Labs: Overview


So, after several months of procrastination and searching for build information, my 'home lab' build begins which will grow over time into the new 'vSpecialist Labs' sandbox infrastructure. With this, I plan to do test and research work for configurations for production deployments, as well as have an environment which we at can use for study (VCP, VCAP and VCDX) too. This page is the basis for the documentation of the configuration of our lab, the reference information used to create the configurations and and hints and tips learned along the way. If you are building a home lab or are looking for information on how to go about this, then we hope you find it useful. A note about licensing. The majority of the … [Read more...]

New HP Proliant Microserver N40L


HP have recently updated their Proliant Microserver to sport a slightly nippier processor. As well as the 250Gb SATA drive it also now comes with 2Gb RAM as standard - although if you're thinking of using one for a home lab Virtual Infrastructure you'd need to replace that with 2 x 4Gb sticks anyway. HP's ongoing cashback deal for this little gem is still running too. Before cashback they're about £200 + VAT meaning that once you get your cheque back from HP, they work out at only £120 each. Not bad at all for a home lab and the AMD NEO N40L 1.5Ghz dual-core processor should be enough to handle a reasonable lab-like load. ServersPlus are one of the places in the UK to pick one of these servers up. They even offer an ESXi 5 testbed … [Read more...]