Monthly Archives: July 2014

Linux server revamp

So i’ve been contemplating revamping my linux server in preperation for cutting the cord with my TV provider.  We have been watching streaming content or local content (transcoded DVD’s, BluRays, etc) for the last few weeks and not really watching anything live and I felt it was time to cut the cord for good.  i’m wasting a ton of money on tv programming that i’m not consuming.

I decided to reconfigure my servers as one main physical machine hosting 2 virtual machines (torrent/media serving and web).  I got the server up, got the vm’s going and had everything pretty much ready to go.  Tried to encode a media file to mp4 using handbrake and realized I had to go back to my old set up since the new version of handbrake is broken… 🙁

2 days lost in backing up data and installing to have to go back to my old setup.  Thank god i installed the new set up on a new hard disk instead of the one i had my original install on…

Put the old disk back in, booted up and back in business.  I’m kinda bummed that i had to revert, but found a few useful bits of info with the new installs and building VM’s in a headless virtual box system.  Also discovered mhddfs which is a way of pooling drives in linux without having to adhere to RAID rules or change formats or anything.  I have 2 2TB drives pooled together which house my running TV shows and i’m pooling 2 2TB drives together for my ended TV shows.  I’m going to try to do the same thing with my movie drives as soon as I figure out how i’m going to transition them off.  I’ve had to move a lot of data around this week in order to make this work.  I’ve been going with NTFS formatted drives on my server since linux will read it as long as ntfs-3g is installed and the Mac will read and write to them after installing Paragon NTFS.  Not much of a reason to format any new drives as OS X anymore…