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Home Server With Ubuntu

I finally picked up a used Dell PowerEdge R720 from the fine folks at ServerMoney to replace my current home server (a Frankenstein of workstation parts).

I thought I’d document my setup for anyone that might be interested and for my future self that wondered what exactly I did in the 1st place 😜

My server needs are quite diverse, so I’ll break this guide into separate posts for each one to keep things organized. (links will be active once each part is finished)

Happy serving!

Part I: Basic Ubuntu Server Install (SSH, KDE, & xrdp)
Part II: Ubuntu ZFS Setup
Part III: Ubuntu Virtualization Server with KVM
Part IV: pfSense on KVM
Part V: Plex on Ubuntu
Part VI: SMB & NFS

Mysterious Blue Box

I was helping someone set up their brand new (and stunningly beautiful) Dell XPS 15. When, lo and behold, a mysterious blue box appeared every time I moved a Window.

Mysterious Blue BoxI Binged, and Binged, and Binged, but could not come up with what this was.

Finally, as I watched a coworker drag a window, I noticed a program briefly appear as the window as being dragged, then close itself once I stopped.

It turns out the XPS 15 came with a program called “Dell PremierColor” which has an ancillary function of making it “easier” to snap windows.

To disable this, first open the Dell PremierColor app (yes, PremierColor is one word…)

Dell PremierColor 1Once it’s open, click the Advanced button

Dell PremierColor 2On the left click Display Splitter

Dell PremierColor 3Uncheck the box next to “Display Splitter on”

Dell PremierColor 4The change will take effect immediately. Now close Dell PremierColor and the mysterious blue box should be gone!

Dell PremierColor 5-Adam