Tag Archives: linux

Automated F5 Backups with CatTools

Matt Schmitz/ March 27, 2018

We have some new F5 load balancers in our environment, which means I need a method of grabbing regular configuration backups. There are a number of methods out there, but I’ve opted to use SolarWind’s CatTools software since we already own it. The config I used is based on this blog post. It’s a great write-up on how to back

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Review: Amazon LightSail

Matt Schmitz/ 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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How to: Synology Backups with CrashPlan

Matt Schmitz/ May 16, 2017

As part of my home lab, I have an older Synology DS411 that I picked up in early 2012. I’ve been using the device since then with 4x 3TB drives as an iSCSI backend to my ESX host. Of course, I’ve also been using the NAS for general file storage (photos, videos, documents, etc). So in late 2014 I decided

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Tracking Latency and Packet Loss with SmokePing

Matt Schmitz/ April 25, 2017

“The network is slow” – Sound like something you’ve heard before? What does ‘slow’ mean anyway? And is it different from yesterday? Sometimes tracking down network ‘slowness’ can be pretty difficult, especially when you don’t have a good baseline of what is normal. This kind of goes back to one of the tips I shared earlier in ‘A Little Bit of

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