The new year dictates a new hobby, and as much as I’m trying to make Dungeons and Dragons work, getting 4-6 nerds in a room at the same time is damn near impossible for one reason or another.  After a bit of soul-searching I’ve decided to regret my decision to get rid of the last iteration of my server and get back on the good-ship Linux.

Not wanting to spend more money than I have  on a project I’m not sure will stick, I find my old laptop, a Toshiba Satellite E45.  After a bit of digging I learn it has a 2 core/4 thread processor (that supports virtualization), 6 GB of RAM, and a 256 GB SSD, which aren’t quite the stats I want to play with but free is free and it should technically run the projects I have lined up for it.

The main project I want to work through is this guide to becoming a Linux System Admin.  I’m not sure I want to be a Linux Admin, but I do enjoy a good challenge, and this will give me a reason to up my coding and command-line chops.

I’m not ready to undertake that project until I can get a bigger hard drive and some extra GB of RAM, at least.  While saving some pennies I decided I wanted to re-learn the basics of creating and managing virtual machines in ProxMox, the KVM hypervisor I used in the previous iteration of my server.  This also satisfies the first step of the aforementioned guide.

However, whenever I tried to boot from the USB I’ve created I got an error that said something about a boot failure and something else about a security certificate.  After searching for the problem on Google I got taken to a forum that suggested writing the bootable USB using Rufus in DD mode, so I tried that to no avail.

As far as I can tell I have a few options to consider:

  • I could keep searching for a solution in writing the ISO so that it satisfies the security certificate thing, or
  • I could boot into my BIOS and turn off whatever security feature is causing the error.  I trust the ISO file and the USB’s I’m using, but this doesn’t seem like the best practice, or
  • I could try to load Ubuntu Server and see if I could virtualize some machines using that as a framework and ersatz hyper-visor.

I’m not sure what the best option is, but I’ll probably go the Ubuntu Server route to keep the momentum going and dust off what little command line I remember.  And by that I mean what I remember to lookup in Google.

More on this as it develops.

But why blog it?  Partially because I miss blogging a bit, partially because it will be a fun way to track my project, and partially because it seems like it will give me a leg up when it comes time to creating my official documentation.

If I ever get around to actually playing DnD you can bet your ass I’ma tell you more about that as well, though.  Let’s keep our eyes on the prize, here.