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This site is a collection of my miscellaneous projects, ideas and dabblings in the world of tech.

New posts will appear as and when I have the time to write them and on no particular schedule.

Recent Posts:

  • A new NAS build

    As previously mentioned in a recent post I have a new NAS. While a HP Microserver with an externally ported SAS HBA card and a DIY JBOD enclosure worked for some time, I very quickly outgrew this solution. I run Emby, Sonarr and Radarr on my FreeNAS server too and was finding the limits of the CPU options available in the Microserver. With the storage I was running, 16GB of RAM was also becoming too...
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  • New Proxmox Cluster - Part 2

    Installing Proxmox With my two new servers prepared I set about installing the latest version of Proxmox 5.4. I did the installation via the iDrac console over the network and it was very nice to be able to install the OS from my desk without needing to bother with pulling out a screen, keyboard and mouse. The installation of Proxmox is very straight forward and although it did not allow me to configure my desired...
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  • New Proxmox Cluster - Part 1

    As mentioned a couple of posts ago I have a new Proxmox cluster that is intended to take over from the HP Microservers. Unfortunately this project has taken far longer than intended and since it’s inception things have changed in my homelab meaning that the Microservers will need to hang on a little longer for some specific tasks. I ran into various issues during this project but as it’s now mostly complete I think it’s...
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  • IPAM with Netbox

    For some time now I’ve been using BookStackApp to keep track of things in my homelab. This works very well for the vast majority of things and is fantastic for documentation. However, it does lack in one area and that is management of IP Addresses. I ended up in a familiar place where instead of a large Excel sheet I had a large table in BookStackApp to keep track of my IP Addressing. After looking...
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