I have been hard at work these last few weeks in my home lab, and have done quite a bit. Here are a few of the things I have done:
Soon after I learned about Anycast, I employed it on my home network, so that I can have multiple instances of Pi-Hole, mostly so that I can take down my Raspberry Pi without hearing from the family about how the Internet is down.
I've been meaning to upgrade my Synology NASes to DSM7. I upgraded my DS415+ last week, and it went smoothly, so today I researched all the packages I have installed on my primary unit, a DS1618+. I found that all but two would upgrade seamlessly; the two trouble packages were …Continue reading
Ever since a friend gave me a Dell R610, I have used that as my primary home lab server. Due to its age, I find that I am unable to run the most recent versions of some software packages, including the latest iterations of VMware ESXi and vCenter. Also, my …Continue reading
Since I bought my Cisco equipment, I have had it racked in the cheap, two-post desktop rack that came with the equipment when I bought it. It was pretty bad, but it worked:
I really wanted something better than this, so I started doing some web searches to get ideas …Continue reading
Recently, a friend introduced me to healthchecks.io, a service for monitoring cron jobs.
A week or so ago, I configured several of my cron jobs to be monitored through this system, and it has already helped me: yesterday I received a notification that an rsync job did not run …Continue reading
Here's a months-overdue update on that HP Envy printer: I wasn't able to return the printer, and I still wanted a better scanner app than the HP's built-in one, so I decided to take the Raspberry Pi 4 that I mentioned in an earlier post and attach the printer directly …Continue reading
I have been working hard these last many weeks in order to move all services off of my main DigitalOcean Droplet/VM. In the process, I have been moving everything to Docker, with full automation via Ansible. I have finally achieved this goal, for the web services anyway, and now …Continue reading
Over the last month, I have been continuing my work at automating my systems and have made a lot of progress in that effort.
I am a system engineer in the Raleigh, NC area. My main interests are Unix, VMware, and networking. More about me, and how I got started.