It can be tricky finding a reliable USB to serial adaptor. I’ve recently brought a new as I’ve replaced my laptop and my old adaptor was not compatible with Windows 10. Fortunately I found one that works on my first purchase, the StarTech USB to serial Adaptor. The Adaptor was recognised by Windows 10 with
I don’t usually write “this how you configure this” type blogs but for this particular problem I experienced I’ll make an exception. This post details how I resolved an issue with a Windows server 2012 domain controller not authenticating users. Up until I purchased a VM backup solution I was manually and occasionally taking backups
As requested here are some (larger) pictures of the home network lab. Once I find some spare time Phase 2 will begin which will include replacing the spinning disks in the x86 servers to SSD’s and moving to using vSphere essentials licencing. A licenced version of VMware ESXi will enable me to move to automated
This is the first post of many detailing the scripts I use to backup devices in my home lab. This post details a Palo Alto configuration backup API script. Eventually i’ll move to using Ansible but for now some simple scripts work nicely. Almost all the the backups in my lab are now automated. The script
Here is an overview of the Home networking lab setup. You might ask why even have a home lab these days? You can build a fairly grown up enterprise grade topology using virtulization? Agreed, especially if you have high spec workstation or choose a cloud provider for the compute. Why I built a home lab
I’ve just completed a project for my home network / lab to automate the graceful shutdown of my VMware Esxi hosts. Project Configure APC Powerchute Network Shutdown (PCNS) objective was to solve a problem with accounting for input power failure to my UPS. We rarely experience utility power outages but we had an incident recently
Keeping relevant in this industry can be challenging. With the DevOps, SDN, public cloud and insert acronym here revolutions, everything is moving so quickly consuming information can feel like drinking from a fire hose. A strategy of mine is to listen to industry related podcast’s both security and data networking. Podcasts are a great way
I’ve just completed a project implementing VyOS routers into the home lab. In this post I’ll detail why and how I use VyOS. VyOS is a fork of what was Vyatta Core, the opensource community edition of Vyatta. When Brocade acquired Vyatta they discontinued the core edition but in 2013 VyOS was born as an opensource project.