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One mans perpetual headache in the land of data centre automation

Author: Lee Harris (page 2 of 3)

HOME LAB BUILD: PART 13 – RASPBERRY PI HARDENING

securepiIn the previous installment of the home lab build guide, I covered the initial setup of the Raspberry Pi and the configuration of a few useful network services, spefically, DNSmasq, NTP, OpenVPN and Wake-On-LAN. In this article I'm going to cover some ways of securing the Raspberry Pi and it's services in preparation for making the features accessible from the public Internet.

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HOME LAB BUILD: PART 12 – RASPBERRY PI

07119My girlfriend, who has a very sweet tooth got quite upset about this. I kept mentioning this raspberry pie I'd ordered and she was getting kind of excited about the prospect of it being delivered. She couldn't quite fathom why I'd ordered a pie from eBay instead of just getting one from the supermarket, but chose not to question me about it. When I told her it had finally arrived, her face lit up. That is until I dangled the small circuit board in front of her. She just gave me a look that was equal parts confusion and disappointment.

Before I go any further with the lab build I decided to configure the Raspberry Pi I bought. Initially the device was meant to provide a way of issuing Wake-On-LAN commands to my ESXi hosts remotely, but after tinkering with the Pi for a bit and doing a spot of Googling it seemed it had the potential to perform a number of other functions for me too.

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HOME LAB BUILD: PART 11 – VSPHERE SETUP

vcenter-logoIn the Home Lab Build series so far we've built the physical machines, configured the physical networking, setup a NAS and configured storage, created some VLANs, turned on Jumbo Frame support and configured an LACP trunk for huge bandwidth for iSCSI. Now comes the interesting part, the setup of the virtual infrastructure. Yay!

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HOME LAB BUILD: PART 10 – CONFIGURING XPENOLOGY STORAGE

storage_5The next step is to  configure the storage within Synology DSM. To do this, login to the web interface at http://:5000 and go to Storage Manager from the Main Menu at the top left of the screen.

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HOME LAB BUILD: PART 9 – CONFIGURING XPENOLOGY LACP

cat5-cablesNow that the switch is configured for Jumbo Frames, I've setup the LACP trunk and configured the relevant VLANs I now need to configure my XPEnology NAS with a bonded network interface using LACP.

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HOME LAB BUILD – PART 8: LACP (802.3ad), JUMBO FRAMES & SWITCH CONFIGURATION

dell-pc-5224-01_1In Part 7 of my home lab build out, I'd just installed Synology DSM 5.0 on my NAS server which is going to provide iSCSI storage for my two ESXi hosts. I want to maximise the network bandwidth available for iSCSI and so want to team four of the five gigabit NICs in my NAS using 802.3ad Dynamic Link Aggregation and enable jumbo frame support.

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HOME LAB BUILD – PART 7: XPENOLOGY NAS INSTALLATION

I decided to build myself a XPEnology NAS. XPEnology is a rebuild of the open source Synology DSM software utilised on the high-end Synology Disk Station devices. The Synology devices are really cool from what I've heard, so if you're rich you should probably buy one. If on the other hand you are like me, poor tight, you can run XPEnology on your own hardware. Neat.

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HOME LAB BUILD – PART 6: HIDING THE NOISY SWITCH

Snoring man - couple in bedAs the new lab build features three servers each with five gigabit NICs my trusty old 8-port Netgear hub wasn't going to cut the mustard any more. I needed a serious switch for serious people...but the bloody thing is so loud!

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HOME LAB BUILD – PART 5: PHYSICAL SERVER BUILD

screwdriverIf there's one thing that the Internet is not short of, it's tutorials on how to build your own PC. Hopefully, one more isn't going to hurt...

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HOME LAB BUILD – PART 4: DESIGN

Finally everything turned up. A few modifications were made along the way due to stock availability and other issues. The total price went up from around £2600 to £2800 by the time various changes had been made. The kit list linked in the previous post has all of the amendments on it, and is actually the final item list as it stands now. The kit I ordered in the end was specific to the rough design I had in mind...

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