Build Your Own Home Router
Today we’re going to build a router. Yes, that’s right, we’re venturing into networking, which for many is uncharted, technically daunting territory. Together we will work through all of the steps required to build a high performance, Linux-based router I have named alpha — almost totally from scratch. What’s more, when it comes to speed, reliability, security, and customization, the router we build will […]
Updating the BIOS firmware on the Supermicro X9DRW-iF
Yesterday evening I posted a detailed tutorial that explains how to flash/update the IPMI firmware on the X9DRW-iF server from Supermicro. Today I’m going to explain how to flash the BIOS on the same hardware. If you’re not familiar with what a BIOS firmware flash is, there’s no shame in not knowing, here is a good explanation. I’ve found the documentation out on the web to be scattered at best, and a little bit confusing. This is why I thought I’d put together a start-to-finish guide here, where we’ll create our own custom bootable ISO, and use it to update to a specific BIOS firmware for the X9DRW-iF.
Flashing the IPMI firmware on a Supermicro X9DRW-iF
I recently tasked myself with bringing IPMI up to date on a Supermicro X9DRW-iF server. This can be quite dangerous, asÂ a bad IPMI flash can break IPMI in a way that requires you end up having to mail your hardware (RMA) to Supermicro to get it re-flashed. As such, I’m not hugely fond of doing these sorts of things through a web interface, as it depends on the network, and the Supermicro web interface doesn’t give you much in the way of feedback during the firmware upgrade process.Â Today, I’ll be sharingÂ what I found to beÂ the most stableÂ way of flashing the IPMI firmware on an X9DRW-iF. We’ll be doing so from an OS that is installed on the hardware itself — in our case from CentOS 6.6 (this would very likely work just fine on a Debian-based OS as well).
Automating Your MacOS X Deploy – Part I
In this post, I’ll begin to demonstrate how beneficial it can be to automate some of the more tedious tasks involved with setting up a new install of MacOS X Lion (10.7) or Mountain Lion (10.8). In this early post we’ll focus on getting our machine to a state where it has the tools and […]
Setup a Django VM with Vagrant, VirtualBox, and Chef
If you’ve decided that you want to learn the Django framework, but you don’t know where to begin, you’ve come to the right place. In this guide we’ll be walking step-by-step through the setup of a Django development VM. By the time we’re done we’ll have used a variety of amazing open-source tools to create a […]
Fix for Ubuntu 10.04 Server USB Install
A bunch of tricky issues arise when trying to install Ubuntu Server from a USB drive. Also, there exists a bug in the GRUB installer that threatens to muck things up once you work through the issue of even getting Ubuntu Server installed. Today I’ll be describing how to fix all of these issues to […]
Install Ruby on Rails on Ubuntu 10.10
In my post, Install CakePHP on Ubuntu 10.10 and 11.10, we took an in-depth view into installing CakePHP on Ubuntu 10.10. Since then, I’ve received some emails that collectively critiqued my choice of foundational programming language and suggested Ruby on Rails would be more well-received. PHP has historically been a bit of a security nightmare, […]
Install CakePHP on Ubuntu 10.10 and 11.10
CakePHP is a framework that allows for rapid PHP development. I recently installed it on one of my home test servers and there were a few steps specific to an Ubuntu install that were required but that were not clearly outlined in the official documentation. The version of the Apache web server that gets installed […]
Basic Ubuntu Linux: sudo and apt-get
The power of Linux lies in the strength of the terminal’s ability to process complex commands. New users may be a bit intimidated by the Linux terminal, but here are two of the most basic commands you’ll need to know to do anything productive at a Linux terminal.