Isolating Machines Within a LAN

Creating a isolated segment within a bigger LAN
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The Pfsense box - Part 2

The Pfsense box - Part 2
An update in my adventures of being a sysadmin at home.
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Car Radio for Powered PC Speakers

Car Radio for Powered PC Speakers
A thing about my PC Radio. :)
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Automating Ubuntu 18.04 Installs

Automating Ubuntu 18.04 Installs and possibly older and newer versions
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Music Server

So I made a music server out of an old computer and added 2 additional dvd drives to the one it had already and a sizeable spare hard drive to run the OS and store the music. I used a program called “abcde” to rip CDs to FLAC, OGG, and MP3 complete with metadata and cover art. :) I even found a way to launch the ripping process after inserting a CD.
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System Installation Automation

Over the past 8 months or so, I’ve been playing with my Dell R710. It’s a nice system to play on but it could use some SSDs. One day I shall get some. My last post described a bit about it as it currently stands. This post shall be about what I’ve done as far as creating automated system installs for both Windows and Linux. Windows Deployment Systems (WDS) + Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) I know some people might frown on the idea but my deployment system resides within my primary Windows Server 2016 Lab VM also running AD and TCP/IP Routing to a isolated virtual network of things.
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My Lab/Production Environment

An update on my lab server.
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My Pfsense Box

This is my pfsense box, the dell optiplex 790 computer there. I use it in place of a consumer router since the ones I’ve used in the past would quickly approach their limits. They just couldn’t handle the growing collection of internet connected devices. I have a Netgear WNDR3700v3 and TP-Link W8980v1 serving as Wi-Fi Access Points that used to serve as the home router until they started crashing or dropping connections.
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PSA: Don’t pull on the wires!

Don’t do this. This is bad. Stop pulling on the flexy bits, take your hands and grasp the hard part and gently remove the cable from your device. Cables are cheap, yes, but avoiding expensive fires from shorting the wires out and melting things is a whole lot better. Just. Stop it. K?
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Migrating from Virtualbox to Hyper-V and back

Today, I decided to try and migrate a few VMs I have on Virtualbox to Hyper-V and it didn’t go so well. It’d probably had worked out kinda ok if I just did fresh installs but I went the disk conversion route. So I converted the virtual disks twice, VDI (Virtualbox’s Default) > VHD (A more universal disk) > VHDX (For Hyper-V). That was fun. Only to find out that 1) Windows 7 must have been installed wrong on Virtualbox with a SATA controller so I couldn’t get it to boot on Hyper-V no matter what I tried.
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