How I Learned That Not All Hetzner Root Servers Are the Same!

A while back I installed VMWare ESXi 6.5 on some Root Servers from Hetzner. The majority that I setup were Hetzner EX41S-SSD builds but I also did a Hetzner PX91-SSD build.

The first few EX41S-SSD servers took VMWare ESXi 6.5 fine without problem – the only thing I’d suggest is having Hetzner put a 6.5 image on usb for you to use since loading a remote image through LARA Console doesn’t work too well.

Then I did a PX91-SSD server and had to downgrade to 5.5 in order to solve a Datastore connection issue. The PX91-SSD servers are in a different datacenter than the EX41S-SSD servers that I was used to, so this really isn’t surprising.

Hetzner PX91-SSD VMWare Lost Connection to Volume on Datastore
Hetzner PX91-SSD VMWare Lost Connection to Volume on Datastore
Hetzner PX91-SSD VMWare Lost Connection to Volume - Windows Performance
Hetzner PX91-SSD VMWare Lost Connection to Volume – Windows Performance
Hetzner PX91-SSD VMWare Lost Connection to Volume - pfSense Performance
Hetzner PX91-SSD VMWare Lost Connection to Volume – pfSense Performance

The surprise came when I was setting up another EX41S-SSD server and I had to downgrade to 6.0 from the usual 6.5 because the NIC card in this EX41S-SSD wasn’t supported by 6.5 even though other EX41S-SSD servers run 6.5 just fine. I should note that I couldn’t get 6.0, or even 5.5, to work myself and was about to just install Windows and run VMWare Workstation when a Hetzner support specialist offered to get 6.0 working for me. I assume he used a custom ESXi 6.0 image that had the missing NIC drivers that the regular image was missing.

Hetzner EX41S-SSD VMWare ESXi 6.5 Unsupported NIC
Hetzner EX41S-SSD VMWare ESXi 6.5 Unsupported NIC

So.. in conclusion.. even though you may order two servers with the same name from Hetzner, you may not be getting two physically identical servers with the same hardware – especially with the EX server packages running residential grade hardware and Skylake/Haswell CPUs.

KLOUD City Black Drawer for ATX 5.25″ Computer Bays Review

After recently upgrading my computer with new fans and a case I ended up with three open 5.25″ bays on the front of my Zalman Z11 Plus case. At first I thought about getting one of the triple-bay fans but most of them come with blue LEDs that don’t match the blue LEDs in my Zalman case. The Zalman Z11 Plus case has great air-flow so I didn’t really need any extra air cooling, therefore I didn’t really see the point in uglying up my case with non-matching blue LEDs or going through the trouble of swapping out fans on the triple-bay fan. Instead I found this thread on reddit that lead me to this post with a huge list of things to put in those empty 5.25″ ATX bays.

The Zalman has 5x 5.25″ bays and after my DVD-RW and multi-card reader I was left with 3x empty bays. I decided to add an Orico 5.25″ to 3.5″ Sata HDD hot-swap bay for when I need to do hard drive diagnostics and recovery without having to open my case or use a USB to Sata adapter. Next I added the most useful 5.25″ bay accessory that I’ve ever seen, even more useful that the cigarette lighter and cup-holder – it’s a little 5.25″ black drawer by KLOUD City!

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KLOUD City 5.25″ ATX Black Drawer

The 5.25″ KLOUD City Black ATX Drawer is simple yet awesome. No more USB drives and SD cards cluttering up my desk! Here’s the full extent of what I’ve got crammed in this drawer and off my desk:

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KLOUD City 5.25″ ATX Black Drawer Open
  • 1x External USB multi-card reader
  • 5x USB to Micro USB adapters
  • 3x Micro USB to Apple/iPhone adapters
  • 2x USB Wifi dongle
  • 4x USB drives
  • 2x USB/USB-Micro 3″ Cords
  • 1x Bic lighter backup

There are other 5.25″ drawers available on Newegg and Amazon, and some even have a nice sleek flat front.. but those looked like a pain to open, and some reviewers said those other drawers don’t stay shut very well. I’ve had my PC case leaned super far forward, with all the crap inside, and the KLOUD City black drawer stays shut! Also, the Kloud City drawer’s handle may not be very sleek, but the drawer stays shut so well that a decent handle is needed to just to open it.

I’m very happy with this KLOUD City 5.25″ ATX Black Drawer. I think they should also make some double/triple bay drawers as well!

How use Python, or Any Program, via CMD Prompt without Full Path

For Windows 7/8/8.1/10:

  1. Right-click on “My Computer” or “This PC”.
  2. Select “Properties”.
  3. Click “Advanced System Settings”.
  4. Click “Environment Variables”.
  5. Under the “System Variables” sub-section select the Variable Path and click “Edit”.
  6. Append “;C:\Python27” to the existing path, click “Ok”, and “Ok” again.
  7. Restart CMD Prompt for the new path setting to take effect.

Source: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/11287597/how-to-make-python-accessible-via-cmd-prompt-without-full-path

List of Proxy Server Affiliate Programs

A while back I needed good proxy server providers to recommend to some friends for game botting, and before that I needed to recommend some proxies for SEO program purposes. This lead to me to do a lot of research on the most popular shared, dedicated, and backconnect proxy providers around the web.

While I was doing my proxy research, I also took note of which proxy providers also offer an affiliate program to get paid for any sales referrals. Some of these proxy providers pay only 10% commission, some pay 50% or more!

List of Money-Making Proxy Provider Affiliate/Referral Programs:

Since not all of the proxy providers advertise their affiliate programs, the below links point to home pages.

For some, the affiliate link may be in the top navigation, for most it will be in the footer, and others you will have to register/sign-up to the site before you can access the affiliate program.

There are probably many other proxy affiliate programs out there. I will continue adding any new ones I find that look decent enough to even consider!

Feel free to comment below with any thoughts on the list or suggestions to be added!

Fix Remote Desktop Problem Windows 10 Faulting module name: vorbis.acm

I was having a problem recently with Remote Desktop connections not working, Remote Desktop would just exit without any error while trying to connect. I checked Event Viewer and saw this entry:

Faulting application name: mstsc.exe, version: 10.0.14393.447, time stamp: 0x5819bc5f
Faulting module name: vorbis.acm, version: 0.0.3.6, time stamp: 0x50a51541Exception code: 0xc0000005

So after searching for problems with RDP related to vorbis.acm I found this article discussing the same problem in Windows 8.1 x64.

It turns out that a recent install of FL Studio 12 introduced vorbis.acm to my system which is not compatible with mstsc.exe in 64-bit machines, which I found strange since the FL Studio 12 install from Image Line has both a 32-bit and 64-bit version.

So what was the fix to get Remote Desktop working again? Well, just rename the “vorbis.acm” file located in C:\Windows\System32 to “vorbis.acmBAK” and RDP will start working again! Sure, it’s a temporary work-around, but at least you can connect to remote machines!