Windows 10 + Vagrant + Homestead + NFS

Just a quick note – Vagrant on Windows runs horribly until you enable NFS. At the time of writing this note, Vagrant 1.8.3 wasn’t installing plugins correctly, so I’ve switched back to 1.8.1.

All you need to do is to add the nfs plugin: vagrant plugin install vagrant-winnfsd

After that update your Homestead.yml file:

- map: E:/Web/Code
to: /home/vagrant/Code
type: nfs
mount_options: ['nolock,vers=3.02,udp,noatime,actimeo=1']

Extending the mount options seems to do the trick.


Windows 10

I bit the bullet and upgraded my laptop to Windows 10. I don’t trust it enough to attempt it on my desktop so this will have to do.

First impression? They’re asking for a lot of information. I’ve basically turned off any of the reporting tools and have made sure not to sign into any MS account.

After turning off all of the pretty animations and transparency options it seems to work OKish. We’ll see how long it last and wait to see how long it takes for some of the hidden privacy features to be removed.

Server Move

Just noticed I’d not written anything in many months. Some updates include:

  • Activated and messing around on several projects on GitHub
    • The main one of which is the asset storage system (codenamed larder) I keep trying each year
  • Joined up with vultr for server hosting
  • Moved both the larder install I’ve written and my blog from Dreamhost to Vultr

I moved mostly because as much as I liked Dreamhost, the server speed for someone here in New Zealand was terrible. No matter what there’d be several seconds of delay for simply loading a bare application. I chalk that up to distance and latency.

With Vultr, not only do I get a cheap VPS (which I’ve installed and setup how I want myself which is a lot of fun) but I can locate it pretty close (Australia). So for me at least both sites run lightning fast.

They’re pretty cheap, about $5 a month for the basic server, so I’d definitely recommend them (that’s a referral link, but here’s a plain link too).

Now to see how well I go at finishing off everything and getting the larder app all running again.