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Long overdue overhaul under way.

Finally got around to doing some work on my server rack and machines.  After nearly 2 years of up-time I realized 6 of 8 fans were either grinding or not spinning at all.  Ordered Noctua replacement 80mm/40mm replacement fans with SSO2 bearings which are very quiet and have high airflow.

Phase one of updates, shutdown ESXI host which accounted for service/site downtime today.  Cleaned out the machine and replaced all intake fans as well as hot swap bay fan.  Clonezilla copy of the original USB stick with ESXI failed, server would not boot off the cloned USB.  Used the ESX CLI and exported the configuration file.  I then proceeded to do a fresh installation of ESXI 5.1 799733 and imported the backup configuration successfully.  OS now working off a brand new 16GB Sandisk USB stick.  Patched to ESXI 5.1 Update 2 1483097 and all VMs have recovered successfully.

Phase two to commence over the next day or so.  Storage NAS will be taken offline for cleaning and fan replacement which will account for Plex and Subsonic downtime.  Currently running a backup of 8TB of data to external USB disks before proceeding.

Stay Tuned.

Windows 7 Dell desktop added to sale section.

Cheap windows 7 Dell desktop added today with AMD CPU, 8GB brand new crucial DDR3 memory and a fresh reload.  Check the sales section for more details.

2014 Ford Mustang GT Wheels added to sale section

Hey guys,

My dad got another Mustang and purchased some custom wheels to replace the stock GT rims.  They were only used for a few days and in perfect condition.  Set of 4 in boxes ready for whoever wants them.  See the sale section for pics and details.

An Old Dell Desktop Added to Sale Section

I have an older Dell Desktop with Windows XP for sale for those who refuse to leave the early 2000’s behind.  It works well and all hardware is fine, but don’t expect it to be the greatest things since sliced bread.  The price reflects the value, still a pretty good contender for an office environment.

AMD Dual Core Desktop Added to Sale Section

I have added a new item to the sale section.  Basically I upgraded my main PC and used some parts from that along with a bunch of new parts to create an extra PC for sale.  It is energy efficient, quiet, and pretty quick with a little overclock and tweaking done by yours truly. Let me know if you are interested.

DL360 G5 Servers Added to Sale Section.

Hey everyone,

Added a few HP Proliant Servers to the Sale section of the site.  Prices listed are for servers themselves, corresponding power cords depending on how many power supplies, but no hard drives.  I ordered 10 brand new HP 72GB SAS drives for $30 each that I will need to at least break even on.  Price listed plus how many hard drives you want.  I can include rack rails for $10 per pair.

If you have any inquiries please call me or submit a question in the contact us section and I will get back to you ASAP.

Please no calls after 11PM EST.  Thanks.

Yardwork Phase I

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So I ripped up the old dead bushes, and after 1 yard of topsoil, 1000lbs of rocks, 4 bushes and a partially crippled back I have some of my landscaping done.

Used mesh material under the rocks to allow the soil to get water.  Got the rocks from a local nursery Twin Pond Farms right on route 9 in Howell.  1 1/4″ Candy Cane is what it is called.  The bricks in front I picked up from Home Depot.

The stone walkway was original but I plan on redoing / sprucing it up a bit and replacing the outer wood lining with bricks as well.  The solar walkway lights work really well too.

MichaelPain.com has now gone pro!

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Check out my new server rack.  Some would say it’s excessive but friggin sweet!  Just updated the picture to include my new NAS with hot-swappable drive bays and an 8 port KVM.

Now buying old computers and equipment.

Hey everyone,

I’m running out of things to sell and am now buying things for my inventory.  Let me know if you have old computers you don’t use anymore.  I will run tests and make you an offer with cash.  I am also looking for server-grade hardware and a larger server rack for my equipment.

-Mike

Thanks Everyone!

Hey All,

Just wanted to thank everyone for their support and buying my stuff over the last few months.  It definitely helped with Christmas presents and bills this holiday season.  Sorry for the lack of inventory but I will have more things up for sale soon.

Attention:

I am now taking custom computer order requests.  You may submit them to me in e-mail as to basic specs and I can send you a few options with pricing.  If you don’t know what you need but know what you want to be able to do on your PC I can also make recommendations for you.

As always I am still doing computer work by request so feel free to ask.  Hope everyone has a Happy New Year!