Use AutoXOA to Autopilot Xen Orchestra

AutoXOA Advert - credits : Brad Gillap

Today I wanted to discuss a open source script I am working on called AutoXAO. AutoXOA stands for Automate Xen Orchestra Appliance, a project the goals including compiling and upgrading Xen orchestra from source. Xen Orchestra is a web appliance used to manage clusters of XenServer instances from any web browser. It also has the same feature set as the original XenServer management software XenCenter and then some. For more information on Xen Orchestra check out this blog post.

AutoXOA Install Menu

AutoXOA Install Menu

To use AutoXOA all one needs to do is install curl on a Debian variant of linux, then execute the following line of code: curl -L autoxoa.zxcv.us | bash . Click here to learn more about AutoXOA.

E-Clycing; Repurposing goods for your home lab

Ecycle FIndings

Earlier today, while walking through the halls of my college, I came across our electric recycling containers. Here departments dispose of unwanted old tech, from dead power supplies, to iffy looking Pentium 4 white boxes. Though time to time gold can be found. Below is my find from today:

Ecycle FIndings

Ecycle FIndings

In total I found several KVM cables, a few cat 5e patch cables, PS2 to USB adapters, null serial cables, and RJ45 to serial adaptors. These components are in great condition and shorty will see repurpose in my home lab.

This practice is called Ecycling. E-cylcing is the practice of reusing / repurposing electronic equipment rather than disposing of said equipment at the end of its life. Over the years I have recovered netbooks, 100MB lab switches (One was POE!), cables, 5.25 floppy holders, CRT monitor stands, rolling stands for desktop towers, 17” monitors and more. My current tower is using a recycled late 90s yellowing case just for that vintage feel.

Reused computer case

Reused computer case

In the end all I want to stress is everything can be repurposed. Additionally always keep an eye out for goodies that may appear in your corporate / college recycling.