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VintageDon ... an Intro
« on: October 22, 2013, 07:56:54 PM »
My name is Don Fountain, Iím 44 years old, and Iíve been neck deep in computers since I was 9. My first computer was a Vic-20, and because there werenít any games for it, I wrote my own version of Space Invaders in Basic, using Peek and Poke to put ASCII graphics directly into video memory with a simple for/next loop to poll the keyboard for keypresses. That started a life-long affair with computers and programming, through a series of computers that included a Commodore 64, a Color Computer 2 (what I really cut my teeth on as far as programming and electronics), and finally an IBM XT running at 8Mhz that had a turbo button for it to run at 10Mhz.

Through my life Iíve had a huge range of jobs and experience, and I currently have 8 vocational certificates, 2 Associateís Degrees, a Bachelorís Degree, and will finish my Masterís Degree this year. I hold a number of certifications as well, including CompTIAís A+, Linux +, Network+, and Cloud Essentials, full certification from cPanel University for cPanel/WHM, and a number of minor certifications.  Iíve been a horticulturist, programmer, am an ordained minister, was an executive chef for 4 years, worked in Alaska doing IT on the pipeline, a construction foreman, was the Director of Training at the largest private hosting company in the US, and was COO of a small offshore hosting company for a couple of years.

Currently, I work as a Hosted Solution Administrator for Hosting.com, an Enterprise level hosting company that builds and operates high-performance clouds for business-critical applications. To put it shortly, Iím an education junkie, am a builder personality, and sort of have ADHD with my jobs.  You can also view my LinkedIn profile here: http://www.linkedin.com/in/donaldfountain/.

My latest fascination is with cloud computing, and while building a home ESXi lab, I found that there was very little information on how to build a lab out of consumer grade products, that would give you Enterprise level performance (my ESXi cluster currently has 32 cores, 128GB of RAM, 2 x 24-port GB switches, 2 x Juniper SSG5 firewalls, a F5 BigIP load balancer, a 3000VA UPS, and cost me <$2,000). A couple of months back, I also added two custom built SANs that provide me with around 40TB of storage and allow me to create highly available iSCSI targets.  After much research, and several months of putting together several builds that worked flawlessly, I decided to put this site together to not only chronicle my journey, but to provide that information for others who want to build their own setups.

My basement is my man cave, and Iíve framed out two rooms: one is a server room where my server rack is and all the network cables from the house also drop, and the other is my electronics workroom.  Iím also an electronics tinkerer, and have an electronics workroom in my basement.  There are several Raspberry Pis, a couple of Arduino boards, and way too much electronic equipment.  My wife is a wonderful, and very patient woman :)

Currently, I live in a small town in Delaware, have a beautiful wife and son, a Plott Hound named Buddy that is also my diabetic service dog, and I bake and sell organic artisan bread at several Delaware Farmerís Markets during the spring and summer seasons on the weekends.  My top two selling breads are Sweet Potato-Pumpkin Smash mini-loaves and Chipotle Cheddar Bread.

Feel free to leave any comments or ask me any questions.  Iíd be happy to share any knowledge that I happen to have.
As Always,
VintageDon

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Re: VintageDon ... an Intro
« Reply #1 on: October 23, 2013, 09:53:29 AM »
Don,
Thanks for throwing the forum together.

I'll be checking in whenever my gear arrives early November.

Take care,
Tom

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Re: VintageDon ... an Intro
« Reply #2 on: October 23, 2013, 05:32:06 PM »
This is a good idea.  I'm pretty sure as the popularity of the site grows naturally with people being more and more interested in testing and building out home server environments that this place will pick up :)


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Re: VintageDon ... an Intro
« Reply #3 on: October 31, 2013, 01:09:53 PM »
Hey Don, great site. I have a whitebox running ESX 5.0 but unfortunately im using a i7 2600K so I cant do passthrough. Im debating switching it out for a 2600 or even a 3770 & grab a good video card so I can create a gaming VM. And maybe a cheap video card to setup a VM for my fiance to replace her aging Dell laptop. Anyway, im interested to know what HDMI to CAT6 & USB to CAT6 extenders are you using? I think I scoured your site & find no reference to that info. It would be great to know. I initially had the idea of doing 2 HTPC VM's to my TV's but then decided to go with Zotac's & run Windows Media Center. But I would still like to extend a gaming PC to two TV's so im definately interested in knowing what extenders you are using & how they work (are they stable, how's performance, etc). Hope to hear back from you soon.

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Re: VintageDon ... an Intro
« Reply #4 on: November 26, 2013, 01:13:49 AM »
Well wishes to your son. Keep us posted.

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Re: VintageDon ... an Intro
« Reply #5 on: November 27, 2013, 03:47:52 AM »
Hey Parmstrong: I was at the same dillemma when there was no reference to what hdmi to cat6 adapter he used. I set out on my own to find some and found that there's some pretty good cheap ones on http://www.monoprice.com. http://www.tripplite.com/ also has them but they're a bit more expensive. I have no idea on the quality of either one but I have heard that the ones from monoprice get the job done for little cost.

Good luck, and be sure to post back here when you finish your build!

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Re: VintageDon ... an Intro
« Reply #6 on: November 27, 2013, 04:35:59 PM »
Well wishes to your son. Keep us posted.


Thank you very much!  He's actually home from the hospital as of last night, and doing much better.  We're assuming that after some rest and additional healing over the weekend, he should be much closer to 100%.
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Re: VintageDon ... an Intro
« Reply #7 on: November 27, 2013, 04:36:51 PM »
Hey Don, great site. I have a whitebox running ESX 5.0 but unfortunately im using a i7 2600K so I cant do passthrough. Im debating switching it out for a 2600 or even a 3770 & grab a good video card so I can create a gaming VM. And maybe a cheap video card to setup a VM for my fiance to replace her aging Dell laptop. Anyway, im interested to know what HDMI to CAT6 & USB to CAT6 extenders are you using? I think I scoured your site & find no reference to that info. It would be great to know. I initially had the idea of doing 2 HTPC VM's to my TV's but then decided to go with Zotac's & run Windows Media Center. But I would still like to extend a gaming PC to two TV's so im definately interested in knowing what extenders you are using & how they work (are they stable, how's performance, etc). Hope to hear back from you soon.


You can check the post that I made concerning this:
http://forums.thehomeserverblog.com/home-server-and-esxi-peripherals/usb-and-hdmi-over-cat5cat6/
As Always,
VintageDon

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Re: VintageDon ... an Intro
« Reply #8 on: July 07, 2017, 04:33:10 AM »
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