It is painful to stop using MythTV but it frees up the display that I was using with it. This blow is softened by my wife having acquired a DVR to act as a replacement.
Another reason is that the third class on virtualization (actually storage for virtualization) is about to start and I want a system at home so that I can keep up with the class.
Things to do first:
- back up everything!
- figure out what a 4.0 to 4.1 upgrade will break
- install the new drives (upgrade to 4 TB)
- break it gently to Sparks that I'm going through yet another system upgrade (he gets annoyed that I do this every two months or so), though it'll minimize future down-times as VMs can be built before others are taken offline
- determine if 4.1 can be modified to include needed drivers (the 4.0 install did) (my NICs are older)
- get FreeNAS installed
The tricky part is going to be efficiency. While I could build a single server VM which runs everything, it makes backups difficult. I think it'll be easier to manage if I can create a number of very small servers, dedicated to specific tasks (Icecast, Squid, etc.).
Ideally, they should be started and stopped on demand. I need to do a bit more research on this. I think the problem is going to be that VMware has limited the command line functions to "read only" for the free versions of ESXi. I'll keep you posted.