February 6, 2022
Seriously, Proxmox is the 💩, and over the course of a day, I have totally revamped my homelab. Even though Windows 10 was running darn well on my little M710q, I always think bigger. It’s a curse. Remember my upgraded Mac Pro? Well, it had been living in my office on campus and not really doing very much. I thought: this would be a hell of a Proxmox server: 48GB RAM; plenty of HD expansion; dual gigabyte NICs. Long story short: I made a USB install drive with Proxmox, installed the original graphics card in the Mac Pro, and had Proxmox installed within minutes. In a few more, I had my machines clustered.
|Mac Pro “Behemoth”
||Lenovo ThinkCentre M710q |
I was pretty astounded at how quickly and easily Proxmox installed on this old Mac Pro. I really had it up in a matter of minutes. Even though my Windows 10 install ran well on the Lenovo, I wanted to see if the performance would improve on the Mac Pro, so I migrated it and gave it 10 cores and 24GBs of RAM. I don’t really notice much improvement; however, it’s now bugging me to “active Windows,” so I think the Lenovo had a built-in registration code in the hardware. No big deal to move it back. I’m not going to be playing games or anything.
Since I have some extra storage—three 2TB HDDs—I decided to run TrueNAS as a VM. I followed this guy’s tutorial to install TrueNAS Core, and it’s working well. Therefore, I decided to make this my backup server, too, so I can clear out some room on my Synology to only run Plex and store my media. Since I have about 4TBs available in my RAID configuration, I have quite a bit of room to archive my data, including (maybe) my photography. TrueNAS seems pretty simple, but I’m going to have to read a bit more about it or watch some videos so that I can set it up correctly. I already set up shares for me, Autumn, and our “family” group for document backups.
Finally, I’m thinking about installing pfSense to virtualize my network. Alos, I’m going to free up a Raspberry Pi and virtualize Pihole on Behemoth. I want the Pi for RetroPi for Henry, and I might even install a Minecraft server for him. I know he would dig both of these.
Oh, the possibilities.
- Because the latest version of the macOS it could run is several iterations out-of-date, it started to have increasing issues with little things, like connecting to printers. I figured it could be a nice legacy machine for when I needed occasionally to run older software. Yet, it seemed a shame that I couldn’t really use it much.
- OK, so I had some backups to do, and I brought the computer home, but by the end of the day, a new Proxmox install was humming.