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Pi-Hole – Taking back control of your DNS

Pi-Hole I have seen a few posts on twitter recently about people running the Pi-Hole software for network-wide ad blocking.   The software was originally built to run on a Rasberry Pi and therefore is very lightweight.   I don’t have any Pi’s so i thought lets test it in a VM. Build I spun…
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AWS Lightsail

AWS Lightsail I have been running this blog on-top of some of my Infrastructure at home but the performance ( due to my connection) has never been stunning. So I decided to move it over to an AWS Lightsail instance to investigate more about the newer VPS service from Amazon and to hopefully help anyone…
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AWS Status Page – Monitoring Included

AWS Status Page – Enhancements In a previous post, I deployed a basic AWS status page.  The tool I deployed lambstatus supports pulling metrics from AWS Cloudwatch and displaying them.  As part of my personal development, I thought I would include this on my status page. I managed to get this working as can be…
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Nutanix Life Cycle Manager

Nutanix Life Cycle Manager (LCM) With the introduction of AOS 5 Nutanix introduced Life Cycle Manager (LCM),  something that Is one of the best but least known Nutanix features.  Put simply its part of the Nutanix update mechanism but for dealing with hardware rather than the software components. To me what makes LCM stand out…
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AWS for Beginners Part 1

AWS for Beginners Part 1 I am hoping to get back into doing some AWS stuff over the next couple of months.  I am a huge fan of some of the tools and technology they have built.  Its not perfect and its often not well understood by people lifting and shifting existing infrastructure into “the…
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AWS – Serverless

AWS – Serverless Serverless is one of those stupid names within IT that doesn’t really explain whats going on. Its led to the comical meme below But buzzword bingo aside what is it and what can you do with it?  Well, my AWS cert is due to expire shortly and I haven’t played with it for…
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Cloudflare

Cloudflare – What is it and why would I care ? I have been using Cloudflare for a long time.  It is one of my goto services and I use it to protect all of the public services I run for myself and other sites/ organizations. The basic premise of what Cloudflare do is that…
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Work in Progress

I am in the process of changing large parts of this site. Please bear with me during the transition   James

Lab Storage

I have been meaning to post around some of lab setup for a while.   Although it changes frequently at present its as below.  I will add some pics when I have tidied up the lab/cables My primary lab storage is all contained within a HP Gen8 Microserver. Currently Configured: 1x INTEL Core i3-4130 running at 2.3Ghz…
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Nutanix CE

I ran a Nutanix CE server at home for a little while when it first came out.  However due to the fairly high requirements, it didn’t make sense to me to continue running it at home.  This was compounded by the fact that I have many clusters to play with at work.   These all run my…
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