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Cake day: June 13th, 2023

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  • Yeah the new VM should just draw from your remaining RAM. My Debian VM is only using a few GB (6? 8?) but my Dell (I have a 7050 so it can’t be so different from yours) still has 10gb to play with.

    As for the running out of USBs I guess you could run a usb hub to one of the usb ports and just pass through the one, although I don’t know if that would break something.

    I don’t think they do a powered usb c to sata but I could be wrong. I’ve used 3/4 of the ports on the back for HDDs, and the remaining one for my ZigBee stick for Home Assistant VM and have one spare (on the front) plus the usb C. I have passed that usb C through to a VM for a usb c to 3.5mm (to send music to speakers) in the past though.

    You could try a usb to sata (powered) and a usb c to usb a to plug in to the usb C socket I guess, try that? I have a few usbc-a adapters knocking around the house so if you’re the same you could try it for nothing


  • I have also got a dell optiplex and Proxmox and a Debian machine with mostly Arr in containers.

    I also have 3 old HDDs that I’m using for it, of various sizes (2x1tb and 3/4tb)

    I have used a powered usb3 to sata connector to hook them up to the Dell. As in I have 3 usb to sata connectors, and each one also has a plug socket. I’ve got those 3 plus my Dell in a 4 gang extension lead so it’s only using 1 plug socket in my kitchen. They were about £15 each on Amazon.

    I have had a gotcha from using usb that destroyed my setup.

    I now have a working solution that will stop this happening again:

    So I have 3 usb-sata HDDs hooked in via the usb ports. I set up Open Media Vault as a VM. Then I passed through the USB drives to the OMV VM.

    Those drives are then shared via SMB (I’ve just added NFS) to everything that needs it via the OMV VM.

    I can then access the HDDs via this SMB share in Proxmox for backups if that’s what you wanna do.

    Now the reason I’ve done it this way is because originally I had the drives in Proxmox. I gave them names and then put those names in the Fstab of Proxmox. One of the drives “forgot” it’s name and Proxmox wouldn’t then boot because one of its drives wasn’t accessible.

    You could get around this by adding an option to the end of your fstab, I think the option is “nofail” but I’m not 100% so just check up on it.

    I’ve used this option in my Debian VM Fstab to mount the NAS drives so my Arr stack can see them, and even got my Squeezebox server using them too. I’m using CIFS so I can see the drives on my Windows PC so I can manage the storage on my desktop.

    So there you go, usb HDDs with passed through usb sockets to OMV VM is how I do it. If one of the drives fails OMV still runs and I just find I have no media in Plex and have to figure out why my drive isn’t working anymore.


  • It’s the same reason I like running things in Docker; you can just wake up and read about something while enjoying your morning shit, then switch the computer on and try and boot it before that thing you’re meant to be doing. If you can’t do it you can just delete it and try again later.

    I started Self Hosting with Proxmox 4 months ago and so far my only real snafu has been mapping drives directly to Proxmox with Fstab. If you’re gonna do it, add “nofail” FFS.

    I pass my drives through to my NAS VM to handle rather than Proxmox because it’s easier to fix my NAS if it fucks up using Proxmox, than to try and fix a none-booting Proxmox.

    Anyway now I’m at a point of stability and dim sat thinking about redoing it bare bones, but I love tinkering so I’m sure this is just the plateau before I discover something new to play with, so I’m keeping Proxmox


  • I’ve had a usb to sata running to a 2.5" sdd that acts as the main storage and boot for my pi4b, and it’s been in use for 4 years with zero issues so far.

    I’ve now got 3HDDs attached to my Proxmox machine for NAS storage via usb ATM. It’s been running since Feb. It’s had it’s issues but those were more my fault for not understanding the flake factor (since my experience with the sdd) I had one drive forget what I named it, so my whole Proxmox died.

    But that was remedied by passing the USB straight through to OMV.

    Just saying, I’ve not really had the same experience as you with them, they seem fine if you have an idea what may fuck up.


  • I’m currently in the market for a music server myself.

    I want it all, I want something that will fire music at my Google home links, and also some raspberry pis with speakers, and also serve to my phone in the house and away from it.

    I have Logitech Media Server running ATM and for a long time, but it is, and always has been a bit hot and miss.

    I have a music file system in OMV which I can access on my LAN. This is the source of music for LMS. But I also have Plex pointed at it

    This allows me to play the same music from any TV or phone with Plex on it. Plex even have an app called Plex Amp. I use Symfonic though, I liked it enough to buy it.

    These apps give me the option to cast my audio to the Google Homes minis I have, I need something for my Pis.

    Another advantage I recently found of adding my music library to Plex is I downloaded a program called MediaMonkey to stick music on my old iPod that I have in the car. It picked my Plex library up straight away, although to its credit, it also found my original music Share, it just didn’t advertise the fact.

    I use Plex myself but there’s Emby and Jellyfin to look into too.



  • Yeah WOL was one of the first things I looked for in HA because I just didn’t have all that much in the way of Smart stuff.

    Anyway nowadays I have an automation you may like. I have set up a little wireless dock for my phone on my desk. It’s the only wireless charger I use, so using the Companion app sensors (namely the charger type) I have set up an automation that turns on my PC when I dock my phone.

    Meaning I literally flop down on my chair and put my phone on the charging stand and the PC turns on.

    Now when that PC is picked up on the network HA will turn on my monitor (via a smart plug) and my desk lamp.

    I also have a program on the PC that detects what I’m doing, and can switch the PC off!

    So I can add switching the PC off to my automations, like my Goodnight automation


  • That was the idea! I came across it looking for something else. I’ve been using a blueprint for a while (since you haven’t even looked yet) that will pull when the alarm is sounding and snoozed and such.

    I have moved back to Node Red and made it myself there now though. What I use it for is I set the alarm to ramp up volume after 3 minutes, but the alarm also triggers my lights turning on.

    Since the lights usually wake me up I usually have a silent alarm clock, meaning I don’t wake The Wife at 5am when I get up for work.

    My son heard about it so now he also wakes up to the lights coming on.

    You can use that to start your morning automations if you’re so inclined, so when your alarm goes off and the Kitchen motion sensor is triggered for your morning cup of Joe, you can fire your morning reminders and traffic info



  • You need to pick a machine (if you only have 1 you don’t lol) to be your web portal, bang a block of code in via ssh or command line (I copy pasted) then you can access Portainer via the web portal.

    From there “Stacks” is Docker Compose and you can fiddle with your containers, networking settings and all the other stuff via a UI instead of having to SSH in all the time to look at your compose files.

    Then if you wanna use docker on more machines you just bang a block of code into that machine via ssh and it will appear in your Portainer

    Far easier imho






  • Try a live Proxmox USB, it’s what I did when my machine went unresponsive. Allowed me to look through the logs of the OS when it hadn’t booted to find out what went wrong.

    For me it was that I had put my USB HDDs in via Fstab and one had died, which made Proxmox unbootable until I hashtagged the lines out in fstab.