Home labbin’ IT 5 – Moving to Freenas

This week we are talking about migrating from UNRAID to Freenas. Let’s start with the why. For about a year I’ve been using UNRAID as my storage/VM/docker platform and it’s been awesome. However like it says in the title, UNRAID is not raid, which has some good benefits and some pretty significant downsides. Because it doesn’t use RAID it means I can mix an match … Continue reading Home labbin’ IT 5 – Moving to Freenas

Intel NUC is a life saver

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

My overly complicated web hosting set up

So a few weeks ago I posted a video on about my complicated server setup just for the challenge and mostly for the fun of it all. And after weeks of fits and starts, mostly due to work, I’ve finally gotten to about 80% complete. Just as a recap, my current solution is a Digital Ocean $20 Droplet. This is my current set up. With … Continue reading My overly complicated web hosting set up

Virtualization for Small Businesses

Today when we hear talk of virtualizing we tend to think of large enterprises and vast server farms. But these days the technology is so mature and relatively cheap that it is something that I believe small businesses should take a look at. Recently VmWare made it’s EXSi hypervisor free for download and usage. This is a big deal for those of us that need … Continue reading Virtualization for Small Businesses

IT Budget shrinking?.. Go Green!

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!