Monthly Archives: October 2017

How to: Migrating to a New Synology NAS

Matt/ October 24, 2017

Back in 2011 I picked up a Synology DS411 NAS, which has proved to be one of the most beneficial parts of my home lab. When I purchased it, I filled it with 4x 3TB drives for a total of 12TB of storage (~8TB usable with RAID5). I use the NAS as an iSCSI datastore for my home ESX hosts,

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Review: Amazon LightSail

Matt/ October 17, 2017

Disclaimer: I’m not at all sponsored by anything I review on here. If there ever comes a time where someone is crazy enough to sponsor a review, I’ll definitely let you guys know I’ve been considering the idea of posting some short reviews of products or services I use. Not at all meant to make this a review site, but

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My 2018 Goal: CCIE R&S

Matt/ October 10, 2017

I first completed my CCNA certification back in August of 2007. After that I started working on certifications pretty heavily, because I wanted to learn as much as I could about networking. I used the certifications as both motivation to learn and a measurable goal of my knowledge. Over the next few years I obtained a number of Cisco’s associate-level

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Devil in the Defaults

Matt/ October 3, 2017

Default settings are the worst. Every systems has them, and they’re great until they’re not. For whatever reasons in the past, my predecessors decided to purchase a bunch of bare-bones HP servers and install Check Point’s firewall software on them. The HP servers were significantly cheaper than buying Check Point’s branded appliances, but unfortunately they come with a different set

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