Welcome to Matt's Blog!

This site is a collection of my miscellaneous projects, ideas and dabblings in the world of tech.

New posts will appear as and when I have the time to write them and on no particular schedule.

Recent Posts:

  • Decommissioning Exchange on SBS 2011

    I have recently needed to decommission Exchange on several 2011 Small Business Servers. This is generally not recommended as it can easily break some of the functionality of the SBS. However, in several cases I have dealt with, the client’s mail has been migrated to a Hosted Exchange platform or to Office 365 and Exchange was no longer required. Additionally disk space was running low and Exchange was an easy-ish target for reclaiming space and...
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  • Proxmox Storage Upgrade MKII

    When I last posted about upgrading the storage in my HP Microserver for Proxmox I had hoped that the limiting factor would be the Microserver’s limit of 16GB of RAM rather than the IOPs of my disks. I very quickly found, somewhat unsurprisingly, that a mirror of 7200RPM disks was still not sufficient for good performance, especially as I began to add more VM’s and LXC containers. During day to day use this wasn’t too...
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  • FreeNAS Storage Upgrade

    This post is being written retrospectively and the solution described has recently been replaced. However, I found it very useful and I’m writing this in the hope that it may be of use to others. At the time I was starting to run low on storage space on my array and was looking to expand. This presented a bit of an issue as the Gen8 Microserver only has 4 3.5” bays. One option was to...
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  • BookStackApp

    I like to document my work, generally alongside whatever project I happen to be working on so that I can refer back and keep track of how various things were implemented without reverse engineering my own work. Originally I had intended for this blog to fit that purpose. Unfortunately it takes me longer than I would like to write these posts and there are details that I have to omit, partially because they are only...
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