Governor General’s Academic Medal – Collegiate Bronze

This medal is made available annually, and is awarded to the student who achieves the highest academic standing, upon graduation from a two year Diploma program at Vancouver Island University.

I am incredibly honoured to have been selected to receive this medal for the 2020 year at Vancouver Island University. Here are a few select images of the medal:

Award document
Full view of the medals crest

Included with the medal is a small booklet containing information about the crest and our the history of the award. Here is a direct copy-paste of how it breaks down the crest:


The wing at the centre of the coat of arms conveys the notions of exploration, liberty, and safety. It also alludes to Ms. Payette’s career as an aviator and astronaut. The Royal Crown symbolizes the vice regal office and service to Canada,

Above the shield, the astronaut’s helmet represents the quest for knowledge extending beyond the frontiers of the known world. The bar of music symbolizes creativity and virtuosity. These notes of Alessandro Marcello’s Oboe Concerto in D Minor evoke Ms. Payette’s lifelong interest in music.

The motto, which means “Through hardship to the stars, highlights the importance of perseverance and effort. The Canada lynx, proud, agile and strong, represent the people of this country. Around their necks, the stars symbolize the spark which inspires the drive to excel, while the laurel leaves – laurier in French refer to the name of Ms. Payette’s son, Laurier. The Earth, represented here as Ms. Payette saw it from space, remains to this day the only place where humans can live. Sigma (2), the mathematical symbol for the sum, symbolizes the power of facts and of science, and reminds us that we share the Earth and have a collective responsibility to care for it.

Governor General Julie Payette portrait

Lionel Hennessey Memorial Award

I would like to extend my greatest thanks to the ITAS Department Staff for selecting me as the recipient for the ITAS 2020 Lionel Hennessy Memorial Award.

The award is given to a student selected by the faculty who achieved the single highest grades among the graduating class. While it was a pretty tough decision this year, I was chosen with recognition placed on the quality of work and effort I put into my time at ITAS. I am incredibly thankful to have been selected from this process.

I enjoyed my time at Vancouver Island University, and have nothing but compliments for the staff managing the Information Technology and Applied Systems program. I’ll continue recommending this program to anyone else interested in learning the more applied side of IT.

Thank you again!

Everett Dahling

A new server!

An incredible thanks goes to my good friend Robin for giving me a brand new HP ProLiant ML350e Gen8 Server for my home lab!

Blue for no errors detected!

This server looks really awesome, and is definitely an upgrade to my existing two Dell R710’s. I borrowed some RAM from them and have setup this server with an 250gb SSD. Eventually when I get more RAM I’ll be moving all of my existing ESXi VM’s over to this server and retiring my first Dell R710. The more modern HP RAID controller is better able to utilise SSD speeds compared to the R710’s PERC 6i controller. In addition, the included single Xeon e5 2420 v2 is more power efficient than my dual Xeon x5650(s).

The guts of a powerful machine.

I used a watt monitoring meter to measure the amount of watts this server draws at idle compared to my R710. With zero disks, no PCI-E cards, and only using iSCSI storage, my R710 averages out to ~130 watts of power usage at idle. This compares to two PCI-E Ethernet Cards, and an SSD inside the HP server, using about ~40 watts of power at idle. The power savings of newer hardware absolutely cannot be underestimated when upgrading enterprise equipment.

Originally, I was going to use this HP server as a FreeNAS storage box. However, having a PCI-E card installed inside the server causes the fans to hover at about ~40% of max RPM at the lowest power draw. This is very loud compared to my Dell Servers!

As I can’t sleep with the excessive fan noise, I’ve had to halt my plans for an HP Proliant FreeNAS server. Instead, I’ve repurposed an old workstation computer as a FreeNAS server. At the very least I can enjoy an iSCSI Target over my network until I find a place for the HP server.

I’ve been playing with the built in ILO dedicated management card and must admit it’s a nice out-of-band management solution. Compared to my R710’s iDRAC 6 out-of-band management the ILO offers more information and just works a lot quicker than the iDRACs. Obviously, the ILO management is newer in age – giving it an advantage. I’m just happy to be able to learn and experiment with the HP enterprise ecosystem. I look forward to expanding my home lab and finding a use for everything!

Thanks again Robin for this awesome server!