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Category Archives: CoolTricks

Silencing my 1U rack mount 10GbE switch in the hyperconverged home lab

Back in June, I decided to take on the fun project of upgrading my hyperconverged home lab to 10GbE using an Ubiquiti ES-16-XG Edge Switch. If you missed it check it out here. I couldn’t be happier with the switch in terms of performance and features, but I had one big problem. I was in denial. I didn’t want to admit it. But yes, I just spent $500+ on something that made my lab too noisy to sit near.

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Automating SQL Server Live Mounts with Rubrik Alta (4.0)

How many times in your career have you tested something that totally blew you away? Your mind racing with use cases both past and present. The first VM you created? Check. Your first vMotion? Check. Your first storage vMotion? Check. But what next? I just found one to add to my list and its SQL Server Live Mounts in Rubrik Alta (4.0). So what exactly is it and why is it so amazing? Glad you asked, read on!

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Bandwidth throttling your home lab and Rubrik replication/archiving

Having your own home lab is one of the best tools you can have to progress your knowledge and career in IT. But, having lots of VMs and hardware can equal a decent load on your home internet connection. This gets even worse when you start using replication and archiving technologies. So how can you stop your home lab from saturating your internet connection, interrupting the family movie night (yes this happened to me), and the plethora of streaming services used in a modern household?

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Connecting your home lab to Azure & AWS using a reverse SSL VPN

One big challenge that I came across when starting to use Microsoft Azure & AWS is how do I connect my home lab to a VM/instance running in the cloud?

I have multiple VMs in my lab that need to communicate with the cloud VM, yet my home router doesn’t allow me to create a VPN bridge. Neither does it allow me to do any port forwarding. If I was using an application that supports direct connectivity to Azure or AWS this isn’t a problem. However, in my case, I have Zerto Virtual Replication 5.0 which requires pre-existing connectivity to be established. So how did I workaround this issue? Watch the video to find out or keep on reading!

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