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Zerotier and Minio Followup

by . Tags: Networking , IPv6 , HomeLab .

in a previous post, I talked about setting up a distributed S3 like data storage system using Minio and ZeroTier. Well, this week, the ZeroTier guys tweeted about this. Distributed S3 data storage using @minio and #ZeroTier -- https://t.co/MAXTjo3muh — ZeroTier, Inc. (@ZeroTier) May 2, 2017 A few people then started asking questions, and looking for a follow up, so here it is… First, a quick recap. I had 4 machines, all running Linux.

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Business Class Broadband… finally here….

by . Tags: Networking , IPv6 , HomeLab .

So, after many (MANY) years messing with dual cable modems, struggling to get them working together, to get websites to even allow me in, having to use hacks and kluges to get it to work at all… I have given up. It has been a struggle getting two modems working properly. Load blanching kind of works… but it’s messy at best. Some sites kick you out every now and again because your IP changes.

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Distributed S3 data storage using Minio (and Zerotier)

by . Tags: Storage , Tutorial , S3 .

So, something i have been looking into in recient times has been Distributed Storage, and, more specifically, how to use the storage in my many, many machines to protect data, and also increese my usable space… There are a few projects on the market that do this (Ceph, NooBaa and Gluster all spring to mind) but some are more painful to setup than others… which brings me nicely to Minio. Minio is a 20ish MB executable you download from their site, mark it as executable (on Linux or Mac Boxes) and run… and you have yourself a S3 compatable storage server… Simples!

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Docker Jekyll and Mr ngrok

by . Tags: Docker , Development .

See what i did with the title?! Anyway, in my last post, i explained how i was building this site with Docker running on Windows 10 with the Anniversary update. Today, i am going to show you how to host it using Nginx and ngrok. So, first, you should know what Nginx is at this stage… If not, check out their site. Next ngrok is basically a way of tunneling your localhost to the web.

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Building Jekyll sites with Docker on Windows

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As some of you probably know (or based on the footer of the site) this site is built with Jekyll. Jekyll is a static web site builder, written in Ruby, and is a bit of a pain to build on Windows. Earlier on this year, I wrote up a post explaining how to use Jekyll on Windows using Bash on Ubuntu on Windows… It was a bit complicated, and, well, worked a few times, but was not too successfull… So, were do we go next?

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Cloud Desktop becoming a reality

by . Tags: Cloud_Desktop , Workstation , Hardware .

I have talked about the theory of the “Cloud desktop” twice on my older blog (Rackspace’s Hosted Virtual Desktop and More on the desktop in the cloud) way back since 2011. Since then, a few things have changed: Amazon have released AWS Workspaces, which is a cloud based desktop using Teradici’s PCoIP technology Both EC2 and Azure now have GPU enabled VMs to spin up and use NVidia have released NVidia Grid cards, specifically for the “cloud” or “remote” desktop services.

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double speed Internet Part 9 - Going Back

[NOTE] This part 9 in a series of posts. The rest can be found here Well, the double internet experiment is about ready to be finished… After 9 posts, 4 months, lots of sweating, many painful nights trying to figure out why something stopped using, shouting when Netflix did not work, wondering why my internet connection was so slow, and many, many other problems, i have decided to wind down the project.

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Meraki and Ubiquiti networks gear Update

by . Tags: Networking , HomeLab .

In part 6 of my Double Internet Series I mentioned i was running a Meraki MX64 in the network, and said i would write up about it. I am taking this oppertunity to also write up about the Ubiquiti networks gear in the house also. First on the list is my older Ubiquiti Edgerouter POE. It currently in the process of being decommissioned, or used for something else. It was the main edge router for the network: it had both internet connections connected, and did routing, firewalls, etc, but with the Proliant taking over as a router, it is not requried as much any more… Its still on, mainly because its still a DHCP server, but not much else.

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double speed Internet Part 8 - Routing Around

[NOTE] This part 8 in a series of posts. The rest can be found here. At the end of my last post I asked the question about routing traffic to different servers based on thier distances, etc… Well, after a bit of messing, i can say it kind of works! here is a quick over view: server in the house has now got multiple OpenVPN connections (2 to Hetzner, 1 to OVH (with a plan to double), 1 to Digital Ocean (again, to be doubled) and i am planning 2 to Azure as well).

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double speed Internet Part 7 - ECMP (kind of)

[NOTE] This part 7 in a series of posts. The rest can be found here. In the last post I mentioned I am now using Hetzner for hosting a dedicated box. Thats still live, and going well. I have a /29 IP range (6 usable) and also 2 other IPs. So far, so good… But because i was using a Socks Server, I was not fully able to use the /29 ips… I use something like as follows:

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