Anisble is a configuration management tool that helps lots of Sysadmin and engineers to manage fleets of servers reliably. Continue reading Ansible and Docker
This post highlights the workflow for using Incinga2 as a task runner and exporting results to Influxdb for reporting. There are some network devices that use none standard MIBs and O.I.Ds. While it is possible to simply poll a given O.I.D using the ISO format, for example 18.104.22.168.4.1.6822.214.171.124.126.96.36.199. This works great except it simply doesn’t scale beyond a few devices, i.e 1-5 device is fine … Continue reading ICINGA2 SNMP and INFLUXDB
This should be a pretty quick post about a tiny little computer that I used for the first time, no i’m not talking about about the Raspberry Pi. The particular little box I’m referring to is the Intel NUC or Next Unit of Computing. It’s basically a barebones system, just add a hard drive and memory. The short version of this story, is my company … Continue reading Intel NUC is a life saver
For the past 10+ years of my career in tech i’ve taught myself pretty much everything I needed to learn by doing labs on my own. Usually this has been a bit of a kludge running things on VMware and occasionally on older machines I had laying around the house. I’ve always had a dream to build a real lab. Well.. That time has finally … Continue reading Lab Time
It’s not too often that I write a post designed for the consumer, actually to my recollection I have never written anything with mom and dad in mind. Even though we are geared more towards businesses, we still do a relatively large amount of consumer services. With that said, the usual problems that we deal with on a regular basis are usually a completely failed … Continue reading Data Back-up and Media Storage/Serving
By now we have all heard the of the pounding Wall Street is taking, huge investment banks are being devoured by larger commercial banks like Bank of America. Now I have a close friend that works for one of these global investment banks as an analyst, a bank that was about to be on the chopping block waiting to be taken over by yet another … Continue reading IT Budget shrinking?.. Go Green!
This is the follow up to my last article in which I promised to walk you through how to build your own small scale data-center for you Small Business. For our first part of the project we will start by building a simple but very robust hardware firewall running a Free BSD(Unix) operating system, called PfSense that can be deployed in less than an hour … Continue reading Build your own firewall