Drilling a PC case for motherboard standoffs

In this video, I show you how to do it yourself (DIY) drilling a pc case mod for motherboard standoffs by hand using readily available basic tools.

Drilling PC case for motherboard standoffs

You will need a small power tool hand drill, #2 centre drill, #40 (2.5mm) drill bit, M3x0.5 metric tap tap some drill bit that snugly fit motherboard PCB hole size for marking and a little bit of elbow grease. 🙂

This is how I precision drill holes for standoffs by hand. Anyone can make holes in PC case but it takes skills to precision drill a hole that has high positional tolerance such as mounting holes for motherboard standoffs.

Hope this is useful info for your future case mod.

TrueNAS CORE 12 VM Installation on VMWare ESXi 7

“FreeNAS has evolved to become part of the TrueNAS Family as TrueNAS CORE.”


In this video I first quickly mentioned about TrueNAS CORE 12 hardware requirements in general and then walk through installation process of TrueNAS CORE 12 in virtual machine settings in VMware ESXi 7.0. Even though it is still in beta stage but the installation process should be the same with the release of production version of TrueNAS in the future. Although it is in virtual machine settings but the installation process should be very similar to bare metal system.

At the end of the video, I give some tips and tricks to make TrueNAS CORE actually work in VMware ESXi virtualization environment.

Tip 1: Use separate SAS or SATA disk controller and enable passthrough in ESXi. You can get one disk controller to work in VM but be warned there’s a high chance you will loose all your data on FreeNAS/TrueNAS

Tip 2: Assign and reserve specific amount of RAM for TrueNAS system as shown in the video. Preferably more than 8G of RAM as hardware requirements indicate.

Tip 3: Use CMR technology in hard disk. Seagate Iron Wolf product line uses CMR in all of their disks. While only Western Digital RED with PLUS and PRO use CMR technology. The other regular REDs use SMR. So watch out before buying NAS drives from WD. It will take forever to resilver the disk later on if you run into problems with hard disk.

Tip 4: Don’t bloat your FreeNAS/TrueNAS with plugins. It’s not healthy for your system. If you must use plugins, use ESXi to spin up Ubuntu/Windows server to host those plugins you found on TrueNAS and have it access your NAS system through file sharing.

#VMware, #ESXi, #virtualization, #VM

TrueNAS CORE 12 Virtual Machine on VMware ESXi

TrueNAS CORE v12 is still in beta release state and not ready for production environment just yet. But in this video, I tested out its storage pools survivability from re-installation of NAS operating file system itself.

TrueNAS CORE upgrade and install as virtual machine

I have used Windows Server 2019 Storage Spaces in the past and all of my data was lost and disappeared after the re-installation of Windows Server. Something that’s unacceptable for rfs storage filesystem. You should always have backups of your files if you use Windows Storage Spaces just in case that your Windows Server OS won’t be able to boot up. All your data on storage spaces will be gone with it. You have been warned!

In order for me to be committed using TrueNAS CORE OS for my NAS system in VMware ESXi, I need to find out about this issue whether or not storage pool data is affected even with brand-new and fresh installation of TrueNAS CORE 12.

Dual Intel® Xeon® E5-2667 v2 vs Core™ i9-9900K OC

Intel® Xeon® E5-2667 v2 is probably the best of its server class in single core performance for an Ivy Bridge CPU. In this video, I benchmark it in dual configuration (16C/32T total) against more recent and modern single CPU namely Core™ i9-9900K overclocked all cores to 5.0GHz in various benchmark software available today like PassMark, Geekbench, Cinebench R20 and ROG RealBench.

Are you considering building a gaming PC in year 2020 out of old Xeon processors, maybe this video can help you to decide whether it’s worth your money since Core i10-10700K is roughly about $430 US at the moment. While the dual configuration Xeon CPUs can be had for half the price.

For home-lab server build, I absolute recommend these CPUs if you’re on the tight budget. With the abundant and cheap ECC DDR3 RAM available on used market, it won’t cost you an arm and a leg to spring up your home-lab server for your Plex Media Server, Nextcloud or just simple TrueNAS-CORE storage server.

Intel® Xeon® Processor E5-2667 v2, 25M Cache, 3.30 GHz
Intel® Core™ i9-9900K Processor, 16M Cache, up to 5.00 GHz

Passmark for Dual Xeon E5-2667 v2

If you have any questions or comment, please leave a reply below. And if you think this is useful, please share the video for other to see. Thanks!

#xeonforgaming, #xeonforhomelab

How to create Free WordPress Website on Google Cloud Platform!

Are you looking to create a WordPress website hosting for free? You have come to the right place.

Free wordpress website hosting on Google Cloud Platform

In this how-to video I will walk you through step-by-step instructions how to claim free WordPress hosting on Google Cloud Platform using provided $300 US dollars credit for 12 months.

After your trial period ends (either using up all your $300 credit or having passed 12-month period whichever comes first) you will not be charged unless you upgrade to paid account. Please note that once your trial period ends , all data you stored in Compute Engine is lost, all resources you created during the trial are stopped. You must upgrade to a paid account to continue using Google Cloud.

According to Google Cloud Free Tier FAQ, any remaining or unexpired free $300 trial credit remains in your account once your upgrade to a paid account. Therefore, it is very important to activate to paid account before your trial period ends so that any unused credit will be carried forwards into your paid account for future use. The “Always Free Tier” products will also continue to be FREE.

If you’re starting out your own business with tight budget, I think this free trial on Google Cloud Platform is very good option to save the upfront cost of having your own website. Your website might not have a lot of traffic at the beginning, therefore using the Free Tier options as shown in my video should suffice. Most importantly, check out the Always Free program from Google Cloud for usage limits.

Step by step instructions:

Time needed: 37 minutes.

  1. Step 1: Setting up Virtual Machine on Google Cloud Platform

    00:59 – Creating new Project
    01:46 – Creating VM instance in Compute Engine
    03:52 – Connecting to VM instance using gcloud SDK
    07:54 – Creating a Linux Swap FIle

  2. Step 2: Setting up Domain Name

    10:36 – Creating Type A Record to direct Domain Name to WordPress Host

  3. Step 3: Installing WordPress Requirements

    12:38 – Installation of Apache web server for Ubuntu system
    18:30 – Installation of MariaDB v15.1 database server for Ubuntu
    20:27 – Installation of PHP v7.4.3
    22:02 – (Optional) Installation of phpMyAdmin
    23:39 – Setting up MariaDB database

  4. Step 4: WordPress Installation

    26:52 – Downloading and extracting WordPress software
    27:48 – Moving WordPress files into Apache web server
    29:09 – Setting up WordPress configuration file

  5. Step 5: Securing website with SSL using Let’s Encrypt CA

    33:54 – Installation of Certbot to automate securing process

If you have any questions or comment, please leave a reply below…

free WordPress hosting on GCP

How to install Windows 10 as Virtual Machine on VMware ESXi 7 for beginners

This video walks you through the process of how to install step by step the latest official Windows 10 version 2004 from Microsoft as virtual machine on VMware ESXi 7.0 for beginners.

Time stamp:

0:26 – Prerequisite
1:18 – Download official Windows 10 from Microsoft
4:23 – Upload ISO to ESXi 7.0
5:30 – Create/Register new virtual machine
8:17 – Windows 10 Installation

Post Installation Process
15:28 – Adjust Date/Time
15:45 – VMware Tools installation for Windows guest OS
18:08 – Taking snapshot of Fresh Windows Installation

How to install FreeNAS 11.3 VM on VMware ESXi 7.0

This video shows how to install the latest #FreeNAS 11.3-U3.2 onto #VMware #ESXi 7.0 host and some problems and issues I have encountered along the way. And most importantly, the reason why I select ESXi as my host operating system for all my virtual machines needs.

FreeNAS is an operating system that can be installed on virtually any hardware platform to share data over a network. FreeNAS is the simplest way to create a centralized and easily accessible place for your data. Use FreeNAS with ZFS to protect, store, and back up all of your data. FreeNAS is used everywhere, for the home, small business, and the enterprise.


02:12 – Creating datastore of ESXi
12:45 – Enabling hardware passthrough for VMs within ESXi
17:30 – Installation of FreeNAS 11.3-U3.2

FPV Low Pass Flybys

Ever wondered what First-person view (radio control) really is?

Since 2008, first-person view flying, or FPV, has revolutionized the radio control hobby. By definition, it is a method used to control an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) or radio-controlled vehicle from the driver or pilot’s perspective. Instead of standing on the ground and looking up at a model aircraft, FPV allows pilots to essentially man the aircraft from the onboard, cockpit view, as if they were sitting in the aircraft themselves. The vehicle is either driven or piloted remotely from a first-person view via an onboard camera, fed wirelessly to video goggles or a video monitor.

Collection of quad low pass flybys