I’ve made a number of improvements to my home assistant instance of late and wanted to document what they were
Add ZigBee to sidebar menu
I have a ConBee ZigBee USB stick but to view the network I’ve always had to go in via configuration -> integrations. I wanted instead to have a direct link on the main left-hand menu. An article on DigiBlur had most of the info I needed. I adjusted the 1 line needed, restarted HA and got the desired menu straight away. Just add the following code to you configuration.yaml
- name: ha_zha_con
Switch database to mariadb
This only switches the history database and has no risk of breaking your HA setup. You may well lose your history though — I wanted to get rid of my 4Gig database so I choose to delete it before restarting so I could start from clean. I followed a nice guide by lkeays on the HA forums. I also wanted to make sure the database didn’t expand out of control again in future so I also tweaked what is kept in the database by following a guide by denilsonsa also on the HA forums. I ended up adding the following to configuration.yaml (note you do also need to add a couple of addons via the supervisor add-on store so do read the guides linked as you need more than just the code below.
db_url: !secret URL_MariaDB_Thing
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