Category: Homelab

Nakivo Installation and Review

Nakivo – Homelab Build Out   As I work on building out my homelab, I decided that for this iteration of it, I needed to have something that was more robust to handle my backups. I spend a lot of time configuring and deploying my key VMs and I wanted to make sure that I …

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Small Home Lab Server

Small Home Lab Server I have seen numerous posts on Reddit’s Home Lab subreddit from users looking for a small, quiet, low power home lab server. Well folks, this is the machine for you. Be aware, this machine is rather pricey. For the last year or so, my primary home lab goal was to consolidate …

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Create VLANs on a Cisco 2960G

Add VLANs and Assign Ports on Cisco 2960G Switch This post will be focusing on the Cisco 2960G Switch I acquired in my post titled “Homelab Rebuild – Part 1 – Intro“.  Here I will be working on configuring the switch. This includes adding a VLAN for my WAN connection, adding ports to the VLANs …

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Dell R610 Intel Xeon CPU Upgrades

Dell R610 Intel Xeon CPUs - Heat Sinks Installed

Dell R610 Intel Xeon CPU Upgrades The first tasks I am tackling in my home lab rebuild is to upgrade the Intel Xeon CPUs in my Dell R610 hosts. I am removing the existing Intel Xeon E5520s in one, and Intel Xeon E5504s in the other and upgrading to Intel Xeon L5630s. As a result …

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Personal Weather Station Setup

Homelab Weather Station Weathering the options As an IT guy, I like metrics and graphs. I like knowing how things are performing. I’ve also always been a bit fascinated by the weather. So naturally I decided to put two and two together and built my own weather station setup. I live out in a rural …

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Homelab Rebuild – Part 1 – Intro

Homelab Rebuild For the last year and a half, I have been all about consolidating my gear. I got into this funk where I absolutely wanted nothing to do with enterprise equipment in my home. I wanted to go home and just be home. However, that attitude has sacrificed a lot of my personal learning …

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Add a VLAN on a Dell PowerConnect 5524p Switch

Adding a VLAN on a Dell PowerConnect 5524 Switch Having spent the last few years of my career in a Dell networking environment, I have decided that I will be adding a Dell switch to my personal collection. In this tutorial, I will show you how to add a VLAN via the CLI on a …

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CentOS 7 Minimal Installation on Hyper-V

CentOS ISO - Install

CentOS Minimal Installation Tutorial This tutorial will show you how to install CentOS minimal on a Hyper-V virtual machine. We will also focus on getting network connectivity. Before we begin this tutorial, please head over to centos.org and grab a copy of the latest ISO of CentOS Minimal, link below. Download Centos Creating the virtual …

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Unifi and NanoStation VLAN Configuration

Unifi and NanoStation VLAN Configuration Background This is a tutorial on how to configure a VLAN on a Ubiquiti Unifi Controller and switch. We will also go over how to use the second ethernet port on a Ubiquti NanoStation on a different VLAN for use with a Ubiquiti Security Camera. I have a rather long …

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Dell PowerConnect 5524P Firmware Upgrade

Dell PowerConnect 5524P Firmware Upgrade Background Upgrading the firmware on a Dell PowerConnect 5524p switch is a fairly simple task. For this tutorial, we are going to assume that you already have console and web access to the switch.   You can download the 5524’s firmware from Dell’s webpage located here: Dell Support Steps to take …

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