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Home Lab

New job, new PowerShell

I’ve started a new job (thus the relative quiet lately), and one of the first tasks was to perform information gathering via PowerShell. Luckily, this is old...

Ansible & VI Management

I’ve done it with Puppet, and with Chef - but I thought I would give it a go with Ansible. VI management! Today I spent an hour brute forcing my way through ...

Quick Post: Pbis Open

I use PowerBroker Identity Services PBIS Open to connect my home lab’s Ubuntu servers to my lab domain. There’s an issue where new domain users are not confi...

Configuring NTP with PowerCLI

This is going to be another quick one. A new cluster was configured without any NTP settings. I threw this bit of code together to set our default NTP server...

Adventures with CoreOS - Part 2

In the previous article, I created three CoreOS VMs and got them to talk to each other using etcd. In this article, we’ll be going over cloud-config/config-d...

Home Lab storage performance

I have been noticing my Zabbix server had been alerting on high I/O and CPU wait times on several VMs when multiple servers were powered on or other concurre...

Adventures with CoreOS

I now have three CoreOS boxes setup in my home lab - following the steps here. But just having three CoreOS boxes doing nothing is boring, so I’ve decided to...

Chef - Transitioning from Puppet

Although I haven’t administered a full enterprise Puppet deployment, I do have some experience with it - both in the masterless configuration and with Puppet...

The lab lives again!

After moving from Rochester, NY to Missouri, I’m happy to report everything has made it to Missouri intact and in working condition! Some quick lessons for m...

Micro Update

I have been super busy over the past week and unable to do my usual somewhat extensive updates. So I give you the first (of hopefully not many) Micro Updates!

Puppet & OpenSUSE

I’ve been using the Zabbix Appliance to handle monitoring/graphing of my home lab’s resources to much success, but after recently expanding my Puppet Enterpr...

Gitlab, Ubuntu 14.04, and LDAP

Time to install source control at home (mostly to organize my home lab’s puppet manifests). I started with my typical Ubuntu 14.04 server install and followe...

Puppet and the Home Lab

I’ve decided to try my hand at managing my ever-growing lab environment using Puppet. Mostly because I’m curious to find use cases at work, but also because ...

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Automation

Domoticz and home automation

When I moved into my new townhome, one of the first purchases I made was a 2nd generation Nest thermostat. It’s been working fine - the last software update ...

Adventures with Raspberry Pi

Amazon recently celebrated their Prime Day, offering amazing deals - most of which amounted to only a few dollars off their already reduced prices. However, ...

PostgreSQL + PowerShell

I’ve been absent for quite a while. The home lab automation has taken a back seat to unpacking and setting up IKEA flat-pack furniture.

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Source Control

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Site News

New beginnings

I’ve decided to drop ghost and switch to jekyll/github pages to reduce my monthly expenses with my previous cloud provider. I looked into continuing with som...

Thoughts on Ghost

I’ve been using Ghost for this blog for about a month (and the ghostium theme for a little less than a month). It works quite well for a lightweight blog, bu...

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API Development

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VMware

Setting round robin policy via PowerCLI

Another quick PowerCLI script for today. We recently discovered that multiple hosts had datastores configured with fixed path that should have been configure...

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