so, it’s been quite a while now since my last update with regards to my hackintosh, old trusted blackbeard. i have to tell you … it’s killing me the fact that sleep isnt working … whenever i shutdown and come online again, i have to rearrange most of the windows in their corresponding workspace (i have 6 workspaces). but that’s literally NOTHING compared to the fact that the whole system freezes, due to some god forsaken nvidia drivers for my gtx 660ti … no incantation i tried made any difference … and there are plenty of reports about this even on the official apple support forums (with regards to macbook pros and such).
well, i need to add a couple of comments after my last post i deliberately chose to create the zfs dataset with a passphrase encryption method. as per solaris docs, this means it can’t mount it at boot time. the best practice would be a boot time prompt (a la TrueCrypt in windows), but until that time comes, i will live with loading after booting, using the following: $ sudo zfs mount -a $ sudo zfs set share tank/backup here seems to be a better way by doing zfs set key -l, but docs are scarce
so the plan is as follows: build a zfs box, with a two drive mirror pool rsync data from blackeard (my hackintosh mac) to the zfs box snaphot the zfs filesystem (full and incrementals) crashplan the backup to the cloud this basically gives me a two factor backup scenario: time machine-like fast access (without all the storage wasting that time machine does, on the zfs box) and offsite more secure storage (crashplan pro on the cloud)
i’m currently running an unRaid server, which hosts my media collection (movies, tv series, music, pictures and data backups) but, i’m running out of space on the server (currently 31.69TB used out of 32.51TB available) so i started looking for options on how to expand my capacity and decided on adding a second unRaid server, virtualizing both unRaids in an ESXi 5 head server and putting the disks on two DAS boxes (discussions at two unraid servers, atlas: a virtualized unraid, building a jbod das
above is a screenshot of my current setup :) it’s an awesome experience so far. i have pretty much moved my daily operation to this machine. added two drives, one for music, the other as a staging area between my downloading machine and my unraid server (since i do some manipulation on the files i get). these are the apps i generally use BROWSER chrome is very lightweight here, and i haven’t seen it crash yet.
i’m writing this from blackbeard, my hackintosh mac. i was able to build this machine and have it working flawlessy under OSX Lion, mainly due to tonymacx86’s excellent site. two articles showed me in detail how to build the machine Building a Sandy Bridge CustoMac: Buyer’s Guide UniBeast: Install Mac OS X Lion Using an All-In-One Bootable USB Drive i chose the following specs for my mac: case: Corsair Obsidian 650D mobo: Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3 cpu: Intel Core i5-2500K ram: Corsair 1600MHZ DDR3 16GB gpu: AMD Radeon HD 6850 power supply: Corsair 650 watts ssd: OCZ Nocti Series 60GB hard disk: Western Digital 1TB EARS the keyboard, mouse and display come from my previous pc rig.