Evolution of my Home server/lab – Part 2

Part 1

After I got XenServer working, I had set up a VM of the same version of my setup prior (Fedora Server 24).  I wasn’t familiar with docker at the time, so I had OpenVPN and PlexMediaServer installed manually.

I later learned of pfSense router/firewall, however I couldn’t easily set it up until I ordered a NIC.  I ended up hitting up Ebay for a cheap Intel EXPI9402PT Pro/1000 PT Dual Port Gigabit NIC – ~$15. This had to be set up as PCI passthrough for the pfSense VM.

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Evolution of my Home server/lab – Part 1

My journey began back when I had some extra computer parts laying around from upgrading my main PC. I had one build previous to the one in the pictures, using an old AMD Athlon 64 X2, and only 6 GB of DDR2 RAM.

I learned how to configure my own servers after using an solution on the first build, Amahi. I remember mainly running a Minecraft server, and the basics of Emby Server. After having some issues with the old hardware and acquiring new parts from my workplace e-trash, I decided to start fresh. Wiped a HDD clean to set up and learn my first hypervisor: Citrix XenServer.

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Money saving coming up soon

I finally bit the bullet to buy a replacement phone to GSM unlock it. I will be switching from Tmobile to Mint Sim.
Currently paying $120+/Mo for a single line, 6GB LTE (including phone lease cost). it’s a bit ridiculous. I just paid $170 for the replacement phone, and I will spend $75 TOTAL for 3 months of 10GB data.. if I paid for 3 more months of current service… I’d be spending nearly $380…what the ****?!

I currently have the LG V20, and I love it. but i have the bootloader unlocked and the device rooted. The issue with that is that the T-Mobile Device Unlock app will not run with an unlocked bootloader. Unfortunately, according to Tmobile, the app is the ONLY way to unlock the device, they told me i could unlock it, but said that i HAVE to use the app.

I could re-lock the bootloader, sure! But then, due to being on a newer bootloader version ( currently @ 10s) there is no rolling back to a rootable version.

I just purchased another V20 that will HOPEFULLY be on the older version.
*crosses fingers*