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Homelab update November 2023

A quick overview of my Homelab as of November 2023
Updated 3 week ago Published 3 week ago
I have been an avid Homelabber for a while now and I've built up what I consider to be a pretty sweet setup, I started off with a single repurposed PC that I upgraded from over a full over server rack.
As sad as it may sound I have always loved the idea of hosting my own server's and all of the application that I have come to depend on.
At work I mainly work with cloud providers, which is 100% the correct approach for any large company that needs to build quickly and at scale. But I've never liked the fact that so many of the managed services provided are obfuscated from the end user.
I like to understand how stuff works and my Homelab has allowed for me to explore this curiosity.


Lets encrypt certificates and Kubernetes

A simple guide listing how you generate AWS SSL certs for use in your Kubernetes cluster.
Updated 1 month ago Published 4 months ago
I've recently started to migrate my home network away from Pfsense and over a shiny new Ubiquity Dream machine pro, I can hear the screams of disgust from some of the networking folk already.
Over the past few years I have been running Pfsense at the core of my home network and It's served me extremely well and i've learnt a hell of a lot along the way.
But I'll admin that whilst I loved the feature set provided the pure power and occasional complexity of the features provided was a lot of overhead and simple updates were often a more hassle than I had time for being a new parent as such I decided it as time to bite the bullet and move to something a bit easier to manage. I already use a number of Ubiquiti switches and access points at home so the decison to move over to an entirely Ubiquity based setup was a pretty easy decision.
But I'll openly admit the feature gap between Pfsense and the Ubiquiti Dream machine pro was something I thought that could be easily mitigated, some things were easy to migrate, other features I decided I could live without. But some features I really missed.
One of the aforementioned nifty features provided by Pfsense was it's built in HaProxy plugin which I previously used to hook up the external pod IP's provisioned from load balanced Kubernetes services, it even included automated ACME certificate provisioning.

Bootstrap an Kubernetes 1.20 cluster with Ansible

Updated 1 month ago Published 1 month ago

Bootstrap an Kubernetes 1.20 cluster with Ansible

This guide assumed you already have a provisioned Proxmox host.
You will also need to install ansible and ansible galaxy.
Leading on from one of my previous posts where I ran over how you use a Hertzner server to boostrap a Kubernetes, I have in the meanwhile moved away and migrated all of my servers to my shiny new Homelab.
I still make exclusive use or Proxmox but I also have a a fairly beefy Trunas scale NAS which I use to host all of my internal infrastructure's storage.