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PROJECT MIDLIFE CRISIS: PART 2

In this episode, I discover I'm not very good at buying used cars.

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PROJECT MIDLIFE CRISIS

It's a working title. Other alternative names are, "Project Savings Destroyer", "Project Relationship Ruiner", "Project Cracked Hands" or the more mundane "Project Clio".

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UPDATE

So much for the promised return.

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IT’S BEEN A WHILE

I have been neglecting this blog for a long time now. The main reason being that writing hopefully interesting and accurate(ish) content takes a huge amount of time. And I've been too busy. However, new stuff is on the way...

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HA KUBERNETES – VAGRANT, ANSIBLE, CENTOS 7

I've spent a lot of my time recently working with containers and always find myself a bit frustrated using tools like Minikube because they feel like ‘easy-mode'. It feels a bit like cheating to me. I had wanted to build a HA kubernetes cluster for a whle, and after a number of unsuccessful attempts, I think I've finally cracked it, sort of.

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DOCKER SWARM STACK DEPLOY ON VSPHERE 6.5

Not long ago Docker released version 1.13 which allows you to use compose files to deploy swarm mode services, so I decided to kick the tyres a little bit.

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HOMELAB NETWORK RE-DESIGN IMPLEMENTED

All AloneI found myself all alone on Friday night, which was actually good, because it gave me a chance to turn my new network design into reality. So after scarfing down a takeaway curry and grabbing a few beers it was time to begin! Exciting...

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HOMELAB NETWORK RE-DESIGN

Web-of-Network-Cabling

Since recently acquiring a 48-port layer 3 switch, rebuilding my network has been on my to-do list. What exactly I wanted to setup though, hasn't been very clear in my mind. I've spent a lot of time contemplating different configs, so I thought I would write down my musings. Hopefully it will allow me to get some clarity and who knows, maybe it'll help someone else too. After all, sharing is caring.

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For a blog called "automationguy" there is very little (read, none at all) stuff about automation on here. I am still in the process of building out the infrastructure of my lab and getting it just right. As soon as that is done, there will be the environment for me to being writing articles on automation.

LOVE WASTING MONEY?

If you do, you should follow my original posts about building a homelab based on whitebox hardware. If on the other hand you prefer to not waste money you should check out this eBay seller who is flogging enterprise hardware (albeit a bit old) for silly money. I will post the link once I realise what the catch is and am sure I don't want to buy anything myself. Can't have demand driving the price up!

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