Upgrade ESXi 5.5 to 6.0 via ssh

I recently updated an ESXi 5.5 host to 6. This is a remote machine so didnt have access to load the ISO. This is how i did it via SSH and ESXCLI.

 

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Update ESXi 5.0 to 5.5 remotely

I needed to update a server from ESXi 5.0 to 5.5 which was hosted with OVH. I really didnt want to rebuild it using their installer as it would mean reformatting and rebuilding and also a lot of downtime. Luckily, it seems its possible to update it using esxicli. This is how i did it.

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Scaling up your Acestream Proxy

To test my Acestream proxy, i posted the link to a particular subreddit to get some traffic generated. One of the main issues i saw with the proxy (excluding being reliant on the acestream source) was that end users and the Acestream swarm was both battling for the available bandwidth. This caused drops for users. This is a quick rundown how i managed to split the servers that Acestream was using and the end users.

 

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Setting up an Acestream Proxy

Acestreams seem to provide the best quality online streams, but as its essentially video over bittorrent, its not really the kind of traffic i want on my home network. This is a rundown on setting up an Acestream proxy on another host. This will output a stream you can just load up in VLC.

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Script to back up pfSense config

Continuing the theme of keeping everything backed up, i realised i wasnt backing up my pfSense configs. You can do this automatically with pfSense gold. Id highly recommend getting it, even if its just to support the pfSense project. If you dont want to for whatever reason (though id highly suggest you do) then you can roll your own backup script. Heres how.

 

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Installing pfSense on Watchguard x750e

This is a quick run down on how to install pfsense 2.4 on a Watchguard x750e.

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Blocking ads by DNS using BIND

Something i have recently setup on my home network is the ability to blacklist domains and ads by DNS. Instead of giving the correct address for the requested ad, my DNS server points the domain name to an internal server hosting a 1×1 pixel gif. This also reduces bandwidth used.
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Debian and UEFI problems.

I recently bought myself a new laptop, a Lenovo Y50-70. After getting dual-boot working fine for a few days, Debian disappeared from the EFI boot menu and grub no longer booted. This looks like an issue with a corrupt EFI partition. This is how i fixed it.

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HP ilo4 serial console and Ubuntu 14.04

This is a quick run through on how to get the HP ilo VSP working with Ubuntu.

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Stop snmpd spamming messages in centos 7

I had a hard time looking for how to do this on centos 7. I eventually managed to work it so im adding it here as i wasnt able to find the relevant resource online.

 

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