Scheduled S.M.A.R.T. scans

Scheduled S.M.A.R.T. scans

I’ve been planning to enable scheduled S.M.A.R.T. scans ever since I built my file server, but it was just one of those things that I never got around to do.

Well β€” when one of the 8 TB drives suddenly started reporting S.M.A.R.T. errors, the scheduled scans got back on the agenda. So let’s do that now πŸ‘‡

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Local email server β€” with Postfix and Dovecot

Local email server β€” with Postfix and Dovecot

I have a local mail server with Postfix and Dovecot β€” I use it as a local SMTP smart host, and “notification center”.

While gathering information for this post; I discovered that my file server have been sending me emails, warning me of S.M.A.R.T. errors on a disk in the ZFS pool. Every day β€” since September!

So I’ve included a section on how to avoid missing important server emails.

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Two CAT6 cables and a fiber β€” from the basement to the attic

Two CAT6 cables and a fiber β€” from the basement to the attic

Since we first moved into this house β€” I’ve wanted to ceiling mount a Wi-Fi access point on the 2nd floor. But getting a network cable to the attic was challenging, so instead I opted for a Unifi UAP-AC-IW in the upstairs living room.

It’s time to do it right, but I’m not running just one. My earlier Wi-Fi mapping revealed poor 5 GHz coverage in the kid’s rooms, so I’m running two CAT6 cables β€” for two ceiling mounted Wi-Fi access points.

To have the option of running more CAT6 to rooms on the 2nd floor later β€” I’m including a 10 Gbit fiber as well 😎

And as my previous runs β€” no visible cables.

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The homelab PDU died!

The homelab PDU died!

My homelab PDU suddenly died! It’s dead, D-E-D, dead! There are few things worse than a server rack suddenly going completely silent…

The PDU has had an error since the power outage last summer β€” F11 means Power fail on auxiliary 1. Which is an odd error for a PDU with only one input. And; it wasn’t possible to clear or reset it it πŸ˜•

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Organizing my tools β€” with a tool trolley

Organizing my tools β€” with a tool trolley

In my new home office β€” I never got around to set up an organized system for my tools. I’ve had some in tool cases, others in boxes β€” with lids. Not a good system…

I’ve found that if something is out of arm’s reach, I’m far less likely to put it back when I’m done with it. So I’ve accumulated tools; on the bench, and on the floor.

But β€” with my new tool trolley; I’m hoping to solve all these issues 😎

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