Using Raspberry Pi’s for Network Monitoring and Health Status – Part 1 : Dual NIC Network Connectivity

I have recently been able to spend sometime working with Raspberry Pi's both for personal projects as well as a few things for work. This seems like a great opportunity to do a series of posts on them! The first post will be around utilizing both NICs at the same time to allow for "Out … Continue reading Using Raspberry Pi’s for Network Monitoring and Health Status – Part 1 : Dual NIC Network Connectivity

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Recovering an ESXi host with the state archive….

I had the joy of dealing with the USB drive which hosts my ESXi host's OS and configuration go bad, and naturally without a backup of the configuration. I did manage to recover enough of the drive to gain access to the "state" archive which contains the host configuration (this is stored as state.tgz). The … Continue reading Recovering an ESXi host with the state archive….

Remote Lab Access and Control

A requirement I've quickly come to realize with building my lab is remote access into lab my equipment. This requirement is two fold, I don't feel like always sitting in my basement to build topologies and I'm not always home when I will be studying. This need naturally led me to acquiring a terminal server, … Continue reading Remote Lab Access and Control

To homelab or not to homelab….? That is a question.. (Part 2) – Diagrams

In my previous post in this series I went over the gradual growth of my lab from just being on my desk to having its very own 42u network rack. Since then, my lab has grown and changed. Previously I was using the virtual switch right on my esxi hosts (which were 5.1), along with … Continue reading To homelab or not to homelab….? That is a question.. (Part 2) – Diagrams

To homelab or not to homelab….? That is a question.. (Part 1)

Many people wonder if it is worth while to have a home-lab to study on and to use to learn new technologies; this post won't be to discuss the pros or cons on having a home-lab (maybe another time) but instead to display the growth of my home-lab over the last few years and to … Continue reading To homelab or not to homelab….? That is a question.. (Part 1)