SSD Upgrade Steps

1. Backup your OS. You never know what’s going to happen
2. Move Steam and Origin games to a temporary hard drive.
3. Make sure you are signed to Chrome so your bookmarks are synced.
4. Use Windows Easy Transfer and save the file to the temporary hard drive.
5. Install Windows 8 and any other applications that you use.
6. Use Windows Easy Transfer to migrate your Documents and settings back.
7. Move the Steam and Origin games you want on to the SSD.

I’m going to keep most of my games on the 1TB WD black and I might end up moving my documents there too. There might be more steps depending on what else you use your computer for but the most important one is to backup what your computer before you do anything.

I should have some screen shots of the upgrade later.

SuperMicro IPMI

One of the cool features of the Supermicro motherboard that I’m using for my lab is a technology called IPMI. With IPMI I can remote in to the physical console and mount a CD or turn off the server. I can also check the temperature of the CPU or how fast the case fan is spinning.

The best feature of the IPMI is remote troubleshooting. If a the server freezes or I can get to it though Remote Desktop I don’t need to dig out another keyboard and monitor. All I need to do is go to the website and launch the Java viewer. One drawback that I can think of is that it uses another network port. Either way I know it will be handy in the future when I upgrade the servers to Windows Server 2012 and I wont have to bur a DVD.

Installing Windows:
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BIOS Options:
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Updating the BIOS (though a Spider KVM):
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FreeDOS Boot Disk Quick Steps

1. Download HP USB Format Tool

2. Download FreeDOS .iso

3. Mount the .iso and run the HP utility.

4. Select “Create a DOS stat up disk” and use the system files on the CD under \FREEDOS\SETUP\ODIN folder.

It will take a minute or two to format the flash drive. If you are flashing the BIOS make sure to copy over the files when you are done.

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Private(ish) Mailinator

I just found this post (from 2008!) on the Mailinator blog. If you set your MX records on an unused domain to mail.mailinator.com you can send to the domain and it will go to Mailinator. That’s pretty cool since most sites that you need a throw away email know a lot of Mailinator’s domains and block them.

What I did is sent an email to my unused domain and made an RSS feed for it. Now any time I need to throw away email I can send to that email address. Now only if they had a catch-all for a domain.

I know that Mailinator has a lot of of domain but I never remember them and by the time I get one that isn’t blocked I end up using my “spam” email address. Now I can use an email address remember.