A quick debrief of my work in my lab, including accomplishments, projects, feats, and learning experiences.
My hypervisor of choice, mostly due to compatability with alot of newer technologies and equpiment
(M.2, MFA Signin, etc.)
The centralized point(s) of storage in my lab, providing NFS and SMB Shares for my clients, hosting my VDSM Docker Container.
The flash storage server in my lab, running modern, power efficent Xeon architecture. Loaded with Intel SSDs, NVMe, and 10GB Networking.
The primary VMHosts in my lab running services on a scalable architecture with tons of room for growth. Equipped with 10GB NiCS for SAN Access.
Arista Aggregate Switching
Serving as my core switch with 240Gbps of throughput, my Arista 7124sx DCS is the fastest I've ever switched packets in my lab.
The next generation of switching in my lab, providing PoE++, 10GB cascading, and super-simple management.
Cisco Wireless (CAPWAP/vWLC)
The next generation of wireless in my lab, providing WAVE2 AC connectivity, enterprise security, and a simple management interface (vWLC).
Cisco UC (VOIP/3PCC)
Introducing professional voice communication to my lab, using Cisco's 7800, and 8800-series, UC Phones running 3PCC firmware. Utilizing VOIP.MS over TLS.
OPNSense (Routing, Firewall, VPN)
The next-generation of open source firewall technology is OPNSense, running on an x86-based Sophos SG Gateway, equipped with a 10GB module.
Cradlepoint (Failover WAN)
Providing a failover backup WAN connection to my lab over LTE, just incase my primary ISP has an unexpected outage.
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.
A Self-hosted password manager, based on Bitwarden built in Rust. There's just something so satisfying about holding your own data, especially passwords.
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.
Synology has some of the best apps for photo backups, cloud documents, and "Office-like" software, and now you can virtualize it with VDSM.
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. Includes RDP Gateway, w/DUO MFA, and some thin clients sprinkled throughout.
An amazingly simple, yet effective DNS adblocker. I run two PiHole LXCs in a failover setup for redundancy.
Remote access is vital in the lab when away from home. Guacamole permits web-based access, and supports MFA.
Docker cluster management, simplified into a web-based GUI. Makes management of containers easy.
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, 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...
The modern, secure, and efficent replacement for PhoenixNet-CDN. After missing link shortening, I moved on from this one.
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.
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.
Depreciated for conflict related issues. Security concerns. Issues w/SSL Certificates expiring and breaking access, etc.
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!
A small friend-based PaperMC 1.17 Server that I whipped up for us to play from time to time.
Previously the core backbone of my lab, consisting of aggregate switching, switch, and wireless. Pricing wasn't ideal, and ultimately I moved away.
Previously used for VOIP connectivity, Ubiquiti continued to phase out good products, and ultimately I ended up moving away.