Due to circumstances I don’t need to really dive into I am pairing back expenses and thus culling things like relatively unused DO droplets and the like. The Hockey-Info site is already gone and last to go was my generic linux jumphost I used for all manner of things from IRC/ZNC to testing out quick…

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So I have been a longtime user of youtube-dl for ages to archive some things (obscure music, recordings of tech talks) and figured it was worth taking some time to make a simple and easy to use way to achieve this that others could benefit from. More simply put I created a front-end with Python…

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So I needed to work out a way to make a script I wrote recently be deployed across a whole host of systems, turns out the only option is Chef so I had to dive into it and read a bunch of stuff.  Also had to try a bunch of things and ended up with…

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I’ve seen bits and pieces of the process of creating an Icinga2 (or Nagios) plugin, so here are my notes dumped straight from my brain. First and foremost we need a script to call from Icinga, in this case I created a very simple Python script to simply get the version of LibreNMS running on…

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I take my homelab very seriously, its modeled after several production environments I have worked on over the years. What follows is my recap of events over a few weeks leading up to the total failure of my central storage system, my beloved Synology DS1515 hosting 5.5TB of redundant network storage. The first signs of…

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So I have been tearing down and rebuilding a lot of crap in the lab lately (kubernetes clusters, ELK stack, etc) and I have been constantly having to re-add salt to the VMs because salt-cloud doesnt yet play nice with Xen.  After about the 3rd time of doing this I got tired of manually installing…

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Over the past year or so I have been playing around with saltstack to automate as much as I possibly can in my lab, from updates to base vm configuration and making lab wide configuration changes (such as setting up SNMP for monitoring).  Here are my collection of states I currently use to carry out…

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