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Fix VMWare ESXi 6.* slow disk performance on HP b120i controller

I have been using the HP ProLiant ML310e gen8, as well as the HP MicroServer gen8 servers, fairly extensively. It was always working fine until I started using ESXi 6 and 6.5 on it. For some reason the disk performance was suddenly just atrocious. Just imagine having a RAID-1 array with 2x480GB Intel 540 series SSD in one of these and getting only a maximum of about 25 megabytes per second of write speed on it. I'm on a gigabit network and...

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How to repair a corrupted/broken Fibaro HC2 Recovery USB Key

Disclaimer This guide worked for 2 people that had the problem where the Fibaro HC2 would not boot with the recovery stick connected, while it did boot without it. This guide might not work for you. You can even break things if you do things wrong. I am also not affiliated with Fibaro in any way, and I advise you to contact Fibaro and handle maintenance of your Home Center 2 with Fibaro directly. Home Center 2 and all their software is...

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Install vSphere client 5.0, 5.1, 5.5 and 6.0 on Windows Server 2003

Yeah I know, WHY? I dunno; you probably have the answer as to why. But if you came here looking for an answer on HOW to make this work; here it is!   Obtain the installer from the web interface of the ESXi server Ah, and here you already will run into a problem. The webpage won't open! At least, it doesn't on most Windows Server 2003 systems, because of an outdated SSL ciphersuite. But this can be fixed if you read on. The link in the...

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Windows antivirus experiences

I get to use a lot of different programs to protect Windows computers from viruses and unwanted programs like spyware and malware and such, and here are some of the experiences I've had with them. Draw your own conclusions, but to me, at the moment, ESET NOD32 is the solution that I recommend for people to use. Yes it costs money, but the free programs are pretty shitty.   AVG Antivirus Free 2011/2012/2013/2014 Years ago, AVG antivirus...

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Make permanent swap file in Linux

In Linux you can create a swap FILE that performs pretty much the same function as a separate swap PARTITION, but not with the problem that if later you need to resize some partitions you have to dick around with a partition that's in the way. Yes, I know you can delete it and fix things later but to me it just seems easier to not have to worry about it. Again, this little cheat sheet is something that's mostly for myself, a quick...

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Self-hosted alternatives to DropBox

Why an alternative? I've tried a number of alternatives to Dropbox, to run your own Cloud system. I know there are people that say that things like LiveDrive and DropBox are great already, but often you have to pay money to get space. There are also the horror stories out there, some of which I have experienced through colleagues of mine that have found their LiveDrive account suddenly blocked and wiped because it 'violates the terms of...

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