A quick debrief of my work in my lab, including accomplishments, projects, feats, and learning experiences.
My new hypervisor of choice, mostly due to compatability with alot of newer technologies
(M.2, MFA Signin, etc.)
The foundation of my lab, running all internally-hosted services on modern, power efficent Xeon architecture. A huge step up from the previous DellEMC hardware.
Windows Server 2019 (AzureAD + DNS):
The SSO / local DNS portion of my lab, allowing login to most of my projects with a single login as well as providing local DNS service. (It's back!)
The modern, secure, and efficent replacement for PhoenixNet-CDN. After noticing a lack of updates and other issues, I figured it was time to upgrade.
A Self-hosted password manager, based on Bitwarden built in Rust. There's just something so satisfying about holding your own data, especially passwords.
The core distribution backbone of my lab, all switching and wireless connectivity is handled by UniFi equipment.
Providing VoIP connectivity inside the lab, built on UniFi's EA Talk Touch and Flex Phones. A very bleeding-edge project in the lab, and one of my newer projects!
A web database for storing, locating, and maintaing my receipts. I've grown up saving my receipts just in case I need them, and recently I've digitalized them.
The new home of all of my data, virtualization, and etc. Centralizing all of my operations to one box, quietly and effectively.
Plex Media Server:
Who needs Spotify when you can do it yourself! With Plex, I host my own music, in FLAC 44/16 format, for the best listening experience.
Remote Desktop Services
After actively supporting RDS-based session users at work, I figured I'd learn how the backend of it works.
Pihole is so 2016, AdGuard Home supports DNS over TLS, and HTTPS, and is more refined.
Remote access is vital in the lab. Guacamole permits web-based access, and supports MFA.
You can't touch it, or physically own it, and yet we're all moving this way, might as well join in, right?
I took a couple different attempts at this. I wanted a status page like Atlassian's, UptimeRobot was nice, but lacked certain features.
As IT Security evolves, user authentication becomes more complex. DUO verifies access to hardware and software via push notifications to your smartphone!
It's about time I start backing up my data, and I decided to do it right this time and upload it to a cloud-based storage provider.
Some of my favorite passion-projects.
Retired Lab Software / Services
The ones that didn't make the cut...
Screenshot / Text Sharing CDN I modded to meet my needs, includes security improvements and branding. Retired due to lack of updates.
My alternative to Google Drive, I use it to store and share files with my colleagues. Essentially the beginning of my labbing experience.
ESXi / vCenter:
The foundation of my lab environment, allowing me to cram as many projects as possible onto the little hardware I have.
The bread and butter of my lab, sure it's from 2012 and super outdated, but I don't care. It was cheap and runs most, if not everything I've thrown at it so far.
The centralized point of storage in my lab, sub-hosting my Plex, NextCloud, and Kamanga VMs and providing SMB shares for desktop clients.
OctoPrint / 3D Printing:
A web-based graphical interface, as well as API to connect to applications and software for my Ender 3 Pro. One of my newer additions to my lab.
A way to gather, interpret, and display data onto a easily readible web-based interface. Useful for monitoring my lab from one centralized display.
A centralized dashboard for controlling all the smarthome devices on my network with custom integrations including Plex, Tile, etc.
A dashboard for monitoring all of the services and devices in my lab via SNMP.
Monitoring is based on pings and special agents.
3CX / VoIP.ms:
Providing VoIP connectivity inside, and outside the lab via both soft and physical phones.
Retired in favor of UniFi Talk.
An amazingly simple, yet effective way to filter web traffic on my network via DNS queries. A tool for blocking ads on the DNS level.
Apparently I couldn't get enough of the status-page game, so I changed it up yet again. This one is entirely run on Github via actions, issues and pages!