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Home Lab

Disaster strikes as NAS3 crashes

This past weekend we had a power brownout for about 4 hours. This caused my servers to fail-over to battery power. The batteries don’t last long with servers running. I

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Home Lab

Home Lab Updates: AC Unit, Failed Drive on NAS1

Hello everyone, I’ve been meaning to make a post about all the recent changes to my home lab but I’ve been quite busy. I’ve also done some more work on

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General

Slow vSkilled Website

Yes. I know. My website is slow. It seems to be a combination of the traffic and the theme. I’ve tried optimizing everything as much as possible but the theme

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VMware

vSAN all hosts down senario

The worst case scenario in a VMware vSAN cluster is all hosts down. A situation where no sysadmin wants to find themselves in. Panic & frustration quickly follow suit. Despite all

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Home Lab

Reducing Home Lab Power Usage

I have come to the conclusion that in 2017 I will need to down scale my home lab in order to reduce power & cooling usage.  It’s grown year over year

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Windows

Tuning Large Windows DHCP Servers

I’ve been involved in setting up some very large Windows DHCP deployments during my time working as a Consultant at Long View Systems. Along the way I’ve found some interesting challenges and

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Guides

Migration from Cisco 1000v to VMware Virtual Distributed Switch (Part 2)

This is part 2 of a series. Click here to see Part 1. I apologise for taking so long to get Part 2 posted. Sometimes I just don’t have the time or

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General

Firewall Swap & Windows Telemetry Data

I recently switched over from Sophos UTM to Untangle NG for my personal use firewall at home. During the process I basically had to rebuild all of my firewall rules

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Guides

WHMCS – Is the promo applied or not?

WHMCS is one of the most popular billing systems for web hosting companies. Despite this fact there are many small caveats and grudges you will find with the WHMCS platform.

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General

My first dedicated server, back in 2005

This is a short post about my first ever dedicated server… back in 2005. I seldom forget exactly how long I’ve been involved in the web industry. I took a moment

REVIEWS

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Dashlane – Password Manager Review

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SubPac S1 Tactile Bass Systems Review

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Review of Thecus N5550 5-Bay NAS

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Web-Based IP Address Management – phpIPAM