Category: Homelab

Things pertaining to my basement lab

Simple CI with Chef

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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Simple Icinga2 Plugin

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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Homelab: Synology failure post-mortem

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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low tech Salt deployment

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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