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NFS 4.1

Switching on NFS4.1 In the Homelab   I like a number of Homelabers use Synology for storage.  In my case, I have two a 2 bay DS216+ and a 4 bay DS918 That I have filled with SSD’s NFS has been the prefered storage protocol for most people with Synology for two main reasons the biggest…
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vRealize Suite LifeCycle Manager – Enviroment

Intro As part of my new role, I have worked extensively on a project deploying VMware’s vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager. It’s a project that is fairly new in the VMware ecosystem and not a lot of people have come across it.  If you run any of the following products then its worth checking it out. vRealize…
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Lab Storage

Lab Storage Update.   Since starting my new role with Xtravirt my Homelab has gone under a number of fairly significant changes.  At the moment its very much focused around the VMware stack and one of the things I needed was some more storage and especially some more storage performance.  With that in mind, I purchased…
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Sophos UTM – Lets Encrypt

Lets Encrypt   I have written previously around my use of Sophos UTM within my homelab.   Now I know it’s not a perfect device and some diehard network engineers will say it doesn’t have a CLI. But for my lab, my requirements and my level of skill its a dam good device with SO…
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Whats in my backpack?

I have seen a few posts online recently about the tools and technology people use on a day to day basis.    A few components that I have no one seems to have mentioned yet.  So I thought it was probably a good idea to share my list. I will probably do a separate list…
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2FA

In this day and age, two-factor authentication (2FA)  is basically a must. I try and use it on any system that supports it. I have a Yubikey and I am a massive fan of this but not everything supports U2F and sometimes it’s not convenient.  I recently have seen an announcement that Yubikey is developing a…
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New Laptop

I decided it was about time I replaced my trusted MacBook Air that I purchased back in 2011.   After waiting and watching the Apple announcements over the last couple of years I decided the MacBook Pro’s weren’t worth it.   So I have replaced my Air with yes you guessed it  another MacBook Air.…
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And now for something completely different

I have worked for my current employer Zen Internet for  3.5 years.  Over that time I have changed roles from what was originally a customer focused role into a role with one of the core platform teams.  This has meant looking after the majority of the Internal and customer Virtual platforms.  During this time Zen has…
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AWS IoT Button

AWS IOT Button Back Story: My AWS Solution Archictect certification is due to expire in the next 6 months and given I have not done a huge amount with AWS since getting certified I thought it was worth kicking the tyres again and running a few bits and pieces within AWS. One of the first…
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Nutanix CE 5.6

Nutanix CE 5.6   I have been running Nutanix CE at home for quite a while now and the new version has just dropped so I had to try it out.   I decided to destroy the current ( Single Node ) Cluster that I was running and start again.   This was for a few reasons…
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