Self Build Xeon D Nas

Requirements for my new NAS

I thought it's 2019 and time for 10GbE. Also I was bored, so I upgraded my Dell T20 after 5-ish years. The main features I was looking for: lower power consumption, 10GbE Network and M.2 SSD boot support.

M.2 SSD boot support is important to me since I upgraded the Dell T20 with a PCI adapter to have a M.2 SS as boot device. Which did not work as well as expected and I needed a USB stick for /boot. This is very annoying.

10GbE Network is self explanatory it is the future and who doesn't want the future now.

Last but not least less power consumption the Dell T20 comes with a Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E3-1225 v3 which has a 84 watt TDP which is unfortunate but I needed the power for Plex movie encoding. But as time has gone on CPUs use less power for the same or more performance.

What I built

how my new NAS looks

As motherboard I selected the MBD-X10SDV-6C-TLN4F-O. It ticks all the boxes, I wanted to have from new hardware. Also I think it is one of the better price/value motherboards you can find. It has 2 10GbE NICs. It has the M.2 SSD slot on the motherboard and I can boot FreeBSD from it. And it uses a Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU D-1528 which is 35 watt TDP. That is less than halve of the E3-1225 v3 at the same passmark score. This means it still is fast enough to live transcode my plex moves for me.

This motherboard is now in a Supermicro mini tower SC721TQ-250B. In general I like the case but in comparison to the Dell T20 it is not as quite as it use to be. Mostly the fault of the 30mm fan on the PSU I guess. But on the bright site with this case it is possible to hot-swap disks. And I got an insanely good deal on it.

To power my ZFS pool which is still on 3x8TB HDDs (never did an update on this as far as I remember) I added Kingston Server-Branded Memory KSM24RD4/32HAI 32GB ECC, Registered. As boot disk I use a Samsung SSD 860 EVO M.2 500GB which is more than enough space for the base OS and all my jails.


Thanks to ZFS and iocage the migration was very smooth. I just setup FreeBSD 12.0 and copied over a few config files like /etc/rc.conf. Exported the ZFS volume on the Dell T20, put the disk in the new server and just imported it again. I did the same for all the jails just iocage export and iocage import on the other side. After some minor jail config tweaks all my services where up and running again. (I forgot to migrate a jail but that is a story for an other time) The entire migration took about 45 min from start to finish.

Unicode Magic On Linux

2019 is the year of Linux on the desktop 🎉! Or something.

We all know to be a successful platform you need to have emojis. And who can hate emojis, they are the best.

So here is how you get a simple way to use emojis and other special characters on Linux (with i3 and rofi). It was surprisingly easy (probably because I mostly just stole it from entiPi).

You need two programs to get started rofi to display the menu and xclip to put characters in your X selection buffer to paste it. My keyboard shortcut is Win + u for unicode. And it looks like this in my i3 config:

bindsym $mod+u exec --no-startup-id rofi -lines 10 -dmenu -input ~/.symbols.txt | cut -d' ' -f1 -z | xclip -selection c

Rofi unicode menu

As you can see it takes the character from the .symbols.txt file. The format is simple it is just 'character' 'name' 'category'. Checkout a example symbols file from github

☮ peace symbol                                               	 Miscellaneous Symbols

Now you can search for the character and press enter to add it to the X selection buffer and paste it where ever you want (Terminal, Pull Request, Email, etc.).

👍 Have fun with unicode 👍

Sort With Xslt By Version Number

There are this moments in my life where I get really excited about technology. The latest of these moments was when I found out that nginx autoindex supports xslt out of the box.

Lets go 2 steps back what does that even mean. Nginx autoindex is the feature which allows you to list all available files and folders in the web root of you server. So it's just a very simple web page listing all files as link. The config for that looks like this:

location /documentation {
	autoindex on;

The problem is, this list is really basic. Maybe this list is not good enough, maybe you want more than files just alphabetically sorted and listed. Maybe you want to sort them by date, alphabetically descending or something else. Maybe you want to style this list which some CSS. And that exactly what I want to do. I have folders with different versions like 2.07.03 and 3.0.0 and I want to sort them in a way that you see the latest version first. So that you see 3.0.0 > 2.07.03.

And here comes xslt (and my excitement) in to play. Nginx autoindex does also support three alternative output modes to html. Thats xml, json and jsonp. And when you use xml you can provide your own xslt file. So that is what we do:

location /documentation {
	autoindex on;
	autoindex_format xml;
	xslt_stylesheet /path/to/your/transform.xslt;

You find the full documentation for the xslt module here. And now we can use all the amazingness of xslt.

The plain xml autoindex generates looks like this:

<?xml version="1.0"?>
  <directory mtime="2018-08-23T09:40:02Z">2.12.01</directory>
  <directory mtime="2018-11-19T15:04:06Z">2.12.02</directory>
  <directory mtime="2018-09-05T14:07:04Z">3.0.0</directory>
  <directory mtime="2018-10-08T07:14:02Z">3.0.1</directory>
  <directory mtime="2018-11-29T17:06:58Z">3.0.12</directory>
  <directory mtime="2018-11-13T11:34:26Z">2.99.99</directory>
  <directory mtime="2018-11-29T17:06:58Z">latest</directory>

And here is how you sort with xslt by version.

<xsl:stylesheet version="1.0" 
<xsl:output method="html" encoding="utf-8" indent="yes"/>

<xsl:template match="/list">
                <xsl:for-each select="directory">
                    <xsl:sort select="substring-before(., '.')" data-type="number" order="descending"/>
                    <xsl:sort select="substring-before(substring-after(., '.'), '.')" data-type="number" order="descending"/>
                    <xsl:sort select="substring-after(substring-after(., '.'), '.')" data-type="number" order="descending"/>
                            <a href=".">
                                <xsl:value-of select="."/>
                            <xsl:value-of select="substring(@mtime, 9, 2)"/>
                            <xsl:value-of select="substring(@mtime, 6, 2)"/>
                            <xsl:value-of select="substring(@mtime, 1, 4)"/>
                            <xsl:text> </xsl:text>
                            <xsl:value-of select="substring(@mtime, 12, 8)"/>


As you can see this creates just a basic html table so I leave it up to to you to Style it in a way you like. And a big thanks to michael.hor257k on stackoverflow who created this readable version of the xslt based on my horrible hacky xslt.

Enjoy your new fancy autoindex pages!

Podcasting With Pulse

The goal is to create a simple solution to live stream a podcast. This means I need a audio stream which combines the thing I hear and the things I say.

To achieve this I mostly copied what makefu does. The first step is to figure out what the name of your input and output device is. You can find that with:

pacmd list-sources | grep -e device.string -e 'name:'

Which will provide you with output like this:

	name: <alsa_output.pci-0000_00_1b.0.analog-stereo.monitor>
		device.string = "0"
	name: <alsa_input.pci-0000_00_1b.0.analog-stereo>
		device.string = "front:0"
	name: <alsa_output.pci-0000_01_00.1.hdmi-stereo-extra1.monitor>
		device.string = "1"
	name: <alsa_output.usb-Focusrite_Scarlett_Solo_USB-00.analog-stereo.monitor>
		device.string = "2"
	name: <alsa_input.usb-Focusrite_Scarlett_Solo_USB-00.analog-stereo>
		device.string = "front:2"

As we can see here my output device is: alsa_output.usb-Focusrite_Scarlett_Solo_USB-00.analog-stereo.monitor and my input device is alsa_input.usb-Focusrite_Scarlett_Solo_USB-00.analog-stereo.

Now my problem is that my input device is stereo but my microphone only records in mono. But this is easy to fix, we can just remap our input to mono like this:

pactl load-module module-remap-source master=alsa_input.usb-Focusrite_Scarlett_Solo_USB-00.analog-stereo master_channel_map=front-left,front-right channels=2 channel_map=mono,mono

If we check the list of devices again we have a new input device called alsa_input.usb-Focusrite_Scarlett_Solo_USB-00.analog-stereo.remapped. And this will be the input device we use.

Now we can just create a new stream and map input and output to it:

# create stream
pactl load-module module-null-sink sink_name=stream sink_properties=device.description="Streaming"

# map input and output
pactl load-module  module-loopback source=alsa_output.usb-Focusrite_Scarlett_Solo_USB-00.analog-stereo.monitor sink=stream latency_msec=1
pactl load-module  module-loopback source=alsa_input.usb-Focusrite_Scarlett_Solo_USB-00.analog-stereo.remapped sink=stream latency_msec=1

The only thing left is to have a darkice which is compiled with mp3 support and then you can stream to any icecast server like this:

darkice -c stream.cfg

My config looks like this:

duration = 0
bufferSecs = 5
reconnect = yes
realtime = no
rtprio = 2

sampleRate = 44100
bitsPerSample = 16
channel = 2
device = pulseaudio
paSourceName = stream.monitor

name=Testi test
description=Test test

And thats it, happy streaming!

Telegraf Snmp Hp Switch Monitoring

Monitore a HP 1810-24G Switch (J9450A) with telegraf, influxdb and grafana over snmp. Sounds complicated and convoluted but it's not I swear.

Basically you need to do two things. (Well if you have a running telegraf, influxdb and grafana setup and your HP switch has snmp enabled)

The plan was to use ifXTable but for a reason unknown to me it didn't work. So here is the inputs.snmp config I use:

    agents = [ "SWITCH_IP:161" ]
    community = "notpublic"
     name = "hostname"
     oid = "SNMPv2-MIB::sysName.0"
     is_tag = true
    # Port 01
       name = "if_01_name"
       oid = "IF-MIB::ifName.1" 
       name = "if_01_speed"
       oid = "IF-MIB::ifSpeed.1" 
       name = "if_01_in_octets"
       oid = "IF-MIB::ifInOctets.1" 
       name = "if_01_out_octets"
       oid = "IF-MIB::ifOutOctets.1" 
       name = "if_01_in_error"
       oid = "IF-MIB::ifInErrors.1" 
       name = "if_01_out_error"
       oid = "IF-MIB::ifOutErrors.1" 


    # Port 24
       name = "if_24_name"
       oid = "IF-MIB::ifName.24" 
       name = "if_24_speed"
       oid = "IF-MIB::ifSpeed.24" 
       name = "if_24_in_octets"
       oid = "IF-MIB::ifInOctets.24" 
       name = "if_24_out_octets"
       oid = "IF-MIB::ifOutOctets.24" 
       name = "if_24_in_error"
       oid = "IF-MIB::ifInErrors.24" 
       name = "if_24_out_error"
       oid = "IF-MIB::ifOutErrors.24"

The full config can be found here to copy & paste: fliiiix/2921c168182b27b27d8aca2bdb5f83b0

And then the second step is to create a the graph in grafana.

grafana config

Note: it's times 8 because the value you get over snmp is octets. And don't forget to change the Unit to bits/sec on the Units tab.

If you are lazy and need all 24 ports on one dashboard here you can find my config. Don't forget to search and replace my hostname ( with your hostname.