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Simple, easy, fast backup utility for your mining rigs. I use this on mine, where Ubuntu 20.04 is running off of a usb drive.

Plug the Linux USB Drive into your Windows 10 computer

On a Windows 10 computer, download the latest version of the software from:

Extract the software on your windows computer
Double Click USB Image Tool, to launch the program
In the White box on the left, select the USB Drive that your Linux VM is on
Select Backup in the bottom menu
Pick the folder where you want the backup to save to
Give it a name like tacticalware
Press Enter
Your backup will begin

Once your backup completes you are ready to go.

To restore the image, you can use the same tool (USBIT), select your Image, Select the USB Drive, and click restore.

Simple, easy, fast….Thanks for reading

Installing Teamviewer on Ubuntu Server

How-To guide for installing and running Teamviewer on your Ubuntu Mining Rig

This is the quick and dirty to get it up and running.  I find that running Teamviewer on my Ubuntu Mining Rigs helps me manage them on the fly.  For this guide you will replace the home directory named tacticalware with the name of your home directory.  The rest of the commands will work as they are listed.

From a command prompt run the following commands:

sudo bash

mkdir /home/tacticalware/teamviewer

cd /home/tacticalware/teamviewer


dpkg -i teamviewer-host_amd64.deb

The installation will fail

Now run:

apt-get -f install


After it installs then run

teamviewer setup

Enter your username

Enter your password

Log into your email, and find the Teamviewer email

Allow/Add the device

And now you can log into your server using Teamviewer


Burning the Ubuntu Server 16.04.04 ISO onto a USB

Step One – Prepare the OS Installation Media

Below you will find the default way in which I use a Windows 10 Computer, Etcher, and a USB Drive, to create and install Ubuntu Server 16.04.04 onto a mining rig.  Once you have that ISO flashed onto a USB drive, you can go from mining rig to mining rig, installing the Operating System.  So this really is step one in the entire process.  This guide will in turn become the starting point for each linux based coin/token/masternode that we will gather.  Shoot me any questions you have.

From your Windows 10 machine, Download and install the Bittorrent Client:


Then download the Official Ubuntu Server 16.04.04 (x64) Release:

Finally, Download and Install Etcher (this will write your ISO to the USB Drive)

Once the Ubuntu software has been downloaded, insert a USB drive to write the Operating System Installer to

Make sure this USB drive has nothing else on it.   Everything will be erased

To write Ubuntu to the USB drive:

Open Etcher

Click Select Image

Navigate to where you downloaded the Ubuntu ISO (it is probably located in your Downloads folder)

Select the ubuntu-16.04.4-server-amd64 image and click Open

Click Select Drive

Select the USB drive

Click Continue

Click Flash

Select Continue to Flash the drive

It should take a few minutes for Ubuntu Server to be written to the USB drive

When it has completed flashing the USB drive you can click the X at the top right corner to close the window

Now, you are ready to begin the installation.  So, insert it into a USB 3.0 port on your mining rig, and turn the rig on


My Setup – Ubuntu Mining Rig with NVidia 1080Ti cards

Rig Parts Breakdown and Driver Installation for the NVidia 1080 TI GPUs on Ubuntu 16.04.04

I have several rigs running at any given time. Below you will find the equipment list for my NVidia 1080 TI Rigs, and also the installation instructions on getting the Drivers working under Ubuntu 16.04.04

Rack to Install the Hardware On.  I usually put two full rigs onto one single rack.  It saves space and I end up stacking mine (QTY 1): Seville Classics 3-Tier UltraZinc Cabinet Organizer, 7.5″ W x 17.5″ D x 18.5″ H

These steps will help you install the drivers.  It assumes that you have the hardware connected and Ubuntu Server 16.04 already installed.

Log into your Rig

Open a Terminal

sudo bash

apt-get update && apt-get upgrade

apt-get install gcc libglu1-mesa libxi-dev libxmu-dev libglu1-mesa-dev screen

lspci | grep -i nvidia

Check to see if all gpus are listed

apt-get install linux-headers-$(uname -r)

mkdir /miner && mkdir /miner/drivers/ &&  mkdir /miner/drivers/nvidia && cd /miner/drivers/nvidia

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:graphics-drivers/ppa && sudo apt update 


chmod +x cuda_9.1.85_387.26_linux

mv cuda_9.1.85_387.26_linux

apt-get purge nvidia*

screen sh

Answer “yes” for installing the nvidia-drivers, the cuda tools and the symbolic link.

nano /etc/

put only one line:

Save the file and exit

Then run


In the next step you will want to change tacticalware to the name of your home directory

cd /home/tacticalware/ && nano .bashrc

add this to the end:
# add cuda tools to command path
export LD_LIBRARY_PATH=/usr/local/cuda-9.1/lib64:$LD_LIBRARY_PATH
export PATH=/usr/local/cuda-9.1/bin:$PATH

Save the file and exit

systemctl disable lightdm.service


Log back in and check to ensure all of your GPUs are still accessible


That’s it.  Your GPUs are setup and ready to mine!

Hardware that I use:
Motherboard (QTY 1):

CPU (QTY 1):

Memory (QTY 1):

Hard Drive (QTY 1):

Risers (QTY 6):

Power Supplies (QTY 2):

Add2PSU (QTY 1):

GPUs (QTY 6):

Power Switch (QTY 1):