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Users / Re: How Long for initial PXE boot
« on: April 28, 2010, 07:33:50 pm »
Where in the Wiki did you get those instructions?  I Pxe boot one of my windows laptop every now and then for use as a mobile MD around the house (most rooms have a cat6 drop) and all i ever did/do is enable pxe booting in the bios and restarted.  

Edit:  To answer the question in the subject, on my system the initial boot usually takes much longer.  In my opinion it takes longer than i would like for the MD's to boot in general but the initial is almost 50% longer.  The MD's on my system also hangs on the initial boot, every other boot after that is fine though.  IDK if I'm just to impatient but after a hard reboot during the initial boot, it boots up fine and the avwizard starts. 

Users / DHCP configurations
« on: April 28, 2010, 06:48:01 pm »
Hi all,

I'm making good progress with my setup and I can't wait to share the end results to those who care.  I'm using a few pieces of equipment that's not in the Wiki as "supported" but it works just fine, some are plug and play.  I figured it would be helpful to expand the hardware list. 

Unfortunately I'm forced to change gears for a moment.  Does anyone know where the dhcp configuration file is located?  I'm assuming the DHCP server just reads from a file when assigning dhcp information.  I would like to modify this file so different dns servers are used.  Before I modify the file; I get why I would want lmce to handle dhcp, is there a reason I would want lmce to handle dns?

Alternatively - I noticed on my pcs only one dns server is assigned and it happens to be the core.  When the Core cannot resolve a name, such as or what public server is the request forwarded to?  If I can't modify the dhcp config file I'd like to change the forwarder server to my server.  I figured with this setup names that can not be resolved by the core will be forwarded to my server, from there the name is either resolved or sent to my dns servers forwarders.  Also with this setup if the cores DNS server is doing something special it can still do it while allowing me to do what i want to do. 

Any and all help would be appreciated.  Ideally I only need to know where the dhcp config file is as i would like to use my DNS servers unless lmce's is needed for some reason. 

Installation issues / Re: Linuxmce and windows
« on: April 15, 2010, 10:56:15 pm »
Keeping in mind that I'm far from a polymath, how hard is it to create a QOS module for web admin?  The most i know in php is Hello world and I'd probably have to google it... lol.  I'm pretty sure Smoothwall is open source based on Linux, idk which distro but it's Linux, can't the QOS part of smoothwall be "Cut and paste" into the router part of LMCE?  With all the different types of traffic flowing through my network QOS is VERY important to me, I'll help in anyway i can.

Installation issues / Re: Linuxmce and windows
« on: April 15, 2010, 08:04:50 pm »
As you can see by the png's i fixed the routing issue  :-[.  I decided to go with the supported configuration.  I think the Smoothwall part of my diagram maybe the confusing part for some.  That is basically my broadband router.  The ONT is basically just a converter, it converts the fiber to Ethernet and/or coax and that's it.. I'm not even sure it gets an Ip address. 

I was running test all last night and this morning and the core seems to be doing good.  I haven't noticed anything weird other than my terminal server claiming not to have an Internet connection.  Seeing as how I'm typing this reply that can't be accurate, i can figure that part out later... That's Microsoft for ya.  The interesting part is the speed test are actually coming back faster with the core in place for downloads but slower for uploads.  I'm suppose to have 25 down/15 up, I usually see 25/20, with the core in place I'm getting 26.5/15.  I'm not complaining, I'm paying for 25/15 so i don't feel like I'm losing out but if i can get that extra 5 back it would be great.  Is there QOS or some kind of traffic shaping happening on the core?  I looked for it in web admin but i didn't see anything like this so I'm thinking maybe it's statically predefined and hidden.  I already turned QOS off in Smoothwall for testing and I ran the test under heavy and light core loads but i got the same results.  It could be a coincidence but I've been getting 25/20 for over a year now and all of a sudden it's down to 26.5/15.  Any thoughts?

Developers / Re: Why is nobody taking on the programming tasks?
« on: April 14, 2010, 08:14:42 pm »
Polymath... I really don't mean any disrespect but that clears a few things up regarding this thread.  I do agree that if you're a programmer and you're open source software isn't working properly you should probably just work on it instead of complaining.  If my computer breaks i wont call dell... partly because it's my fault for buying a Dell but mostly because I can fix it.

Documentation!! I can do that!  My home network is so well documented any tech guy with have a brain can work on it without asking any questions as long as he/she has my notes.  I've already started with the documentation for my lmce network.  I'll have to edit out a few passwords and ip addresses but I've written down every script I've ran and option I've selected.  I also keep a record of everything i've done that failed.  I can definitely contribute in these ways.  Hell, Once I've use lmce enough and I'm convinced that it's for me i wouldn't be opposed to contributing financially.   

It's not programing but i'm no freeloader.  I don't mind carrying my weight.

Installation issues / Re: Linuxmce and windows
« on: April 14, 2010, 07:39:17 pm »
Golgoj4, Thanks for the info!  If you're gaming online with out problems i shouldn't have a problem... in theory anyways.  There's two sides to this coin though.  If the Core stalls once for a half a second before sending your packet, your game may not even flicker or you wont notice if it does.  If the core does this while sustaining a tunnel it will more than likely, almost always, result in the tunnel collapsing.  Meaning I'll have to reestablish my tunnel.  Then again, FPS games do require a pretty good stream of data to run smoothly.  Thanks, you've given me hope that this will work for me.

I just had a thought, I have 3 decent 100mb nics laying around, I could put one in each external facing server and connect them in parallel with lmce's external nic.  Just for these servers that will completely bypass the core for inbound traffic and i can setup routes so all out bound from these servers goes to the lmce's internal network.  Are there any network guys out there with thoughts on this? 

How many nics are installed in your core?  Maybe i didn't follow your network diagram properly but i counted at least 4.  Is that the case? was setup the same as 2 nics?  I have a diagram of my "dream system", which i can't upload because i can't connect to my house, but the core in this network has one fiber link to my nas, a 100mb to the outside world, 1gb to connect my APs and PCs and MD, 1gb for security cameras and everything security, and 100mb for phones (we're a cell phone shop here, but I'd probably go with 1gb anyway... just because).  Each Nic will connect to it's own 1gb switch.  I didn't see documentation indicating this type of setup is possible but if this is what you're doing I'll redo my system today!! with the exception of the fiber... I'll order the fiber cards today  ;D.

Developers / Re: Why is nobody taking on the programming tasks?
« on: April 14, 2010, 06:37:25 pm »
hmmm... I know I'm the new guy here, and I'm not trying to step on toes, especially since I really need all the help i can get to jump into lmce.  Do you realize what you're asking of people?  Not everyone has what it takes to be a programmer.  I have endless respect for anyone who can pull off that career!!  I've been in IT for about 14 years and I'm pretty good at what i do from a sys admin role but programming is a whole other beast.  your original post is like saying Jane Dow has been a nurse for 10 years, Why isn't she doing open heart surgery? That's how i took it anyways.  Coding is something you either went to school for or you've been doing your whole life.   

Again, I'm sorry if i took your post out of context.  Maybe that's why you put it in the developer section, maybe you were only talking to known developers on this site.  If that's the case forget everything i said but If you're really expecting the average Joe like me, who only knows enough to set this thing up with advice and guidance from others to start coding... that's a little unrealistic.

I'm not trying to start a fight, this is just my 2 cents. 

Installation issues / Re: Linuxmce and windows
« on: April 14, 2010, 04:28:44 pm »

The two png's are not displaying...


That's because I'm an idiot and I forgot to reconfigure my port forwarding rules after bringing the core online last night.  Those png's are on the web server at my house.  Today is going to suck at work, with out my terminal server I actually have to work today.  Two of my cousins already called me with the same complaint.  I decided to go with the supported lmce network configuration.  I left the routes and rules intact but disabled in smoothwall so if the core goes down all i have to do is move a cat6, enable a few rules and change one ip address.  yea it's far from a fail over but let's be honest what i had brewing wasn't much closer.  I'll try this out for a while to gauge lmce reliability as a router. 

As a router; what kind of latency should i expect once the core is operating at full swing?  I'm not overly concerned with standard http requests, I'm more concerned about file downloads, VPN tunnels, rdp tunnels, and streaming content.  I'd hate to lose my VPN tunnel because my wife is at home watching TV.

I think I have the windows thing figured out if i can't join lmce to the domain however I'd really like to join it to the domain.  I was more concerned with the networking side of lmce last night, I was trying to get the core plus a test md in place and bring the Internet back up.  While doing this lmce detected a few servers and laptops but it could only connect to my nas... on that note I'm not even convinced it successfully connected because i didn't see any media.  Any thoughts on this?

Installation issues / video problems
« on: April 13, 2010, 07:22:08 pm »
I just installed LMCE 8.10 on a Dell Optiplex 740.  I figured this would be a suitable Core and should handle all my needs now and in the future.  Based on the minimum requirements for a core, I figure an Athlon 64 X2 2.6GHz with 4 gigs of 800MHz ram (currently only 1 gig) and a boat load of usb ports should last me a few years and accommodate family expansion.  Back on topic, I noticed during the install the lady in the corner guiding me through the installation was only visible about 1/4 of the way through but i could hear her just fine.  There where also displays where i had to make a selection That wouldn't display properly, all i saw was a black box.  For example, My location isn't set and I couldn't setup my TV Tuners because i couldn't see what was on the screen so i had to skip it.  I figure this is due to the video drivers but this computer has NVIDIA Quadro NVS 210S Integrated Graphics and I'm under the impression that all NVidia graphics cards are compatible.  Can someone guide me through installing updated drivers or configuring the current ones.  Just to be clear, the display still works, I can see the on screen orbiter in the back ground there is just a black box where I'm suppose to make my selection.  If i can make all configurations in web admin and i don't need fully functioning video on my core i might be okay with that.  I'm hoping to tuck the core away in the corner with all my other servers and never physically touch it anyway.  Could it be possible that 1 gig isn't enough.  I have 2 gigs i can throw in, I was saving them for a different project but this is more important at the moment.  For a 2.6GHz dual core i noticed the orbiter is a little sluggish, I'm thinking a lack of ram is either my problem or part of it. 

That brings me to my other issue.  The installation setup a hybrid all by it self... or at least it looks like a hybrid.  I don't know if there was an option for core only that i missed because of my video problems but how do I remove MD functions from the Core?  I want it to strictly be a Core.

P.S - during the install i selected UI1.

Thanks in advance.

Installation issues / Linuxmce and windows
« on: April 13, 2010, 06:12:41 pm »
Hello all,

I've been following LinuxMCE for a while now and I just recently started my change over from winblows by installing linuxmce on what will be my core.  With the exception of a couple issues, which i will put in a different topic, My core is running but it's in need of configurations.  I want to get the most out of Linuxmce but i do want to incorporate it into what would be left of the windows network (I'm only scaping 2 windowsXP media centers and a Windows 7 Media center).  We are currently very happy with the single sign-on and redirected folders that the windows domain allows us.  Is there a way to join linuxMCE to a Windows 2008 domain?  It would be great to be able to manage accounts from one location (Active Directory).  My nas/san... what ever you want to call it is Openfiler.  It is also joined to the domain, are there any known issues with lmce connecting to a file share on a windows domain?  Worst case I have a work around to access the share but i hate workarounds, especially on my own network!!  As i see it things should just work... that's why I'm dumping Winblows. 

Also, I have critical services that i need available as much as possible.  Since I'm not an expert in Linux, if my core goes down for some weird reason it could be down for a while, I can't have these services affected by my inexperience of Linux.  I've attached a diagram of my network the way it stands now and what i would like it to look like after linuxMCE is online, I would love feedback regarding my plans.  Would it work, suggestions, you're crazy, etc... 

Thanks in advance, I can't wait to get this thing fully up and running!!



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