PBCS Backups with PowerShell: Part 1

I’ve spent a lot of time lately on homelab topics, so I thought I would take a break and put together a post on an EPM topic!  Today we’ll be talking about PBCS backups. Why Do We Need PBCS Backups You might be thinking, “Why do I need PBCS backups when Oracle does that for…

Build a Homelab Dashboard: Part 8, FreeNAS

My posts seem to be getting a little further apart each week…  This week, we’ll continue our dashboard series by adding in some pretty graphs for FreeNAS.  Before we dive in, as always, we’ll look at the series so far: An Introduction Organizr Organizr Continued InfluxDB Telegraf Introduction Grafana Introduction pfSense FreeNAS FreeNAS and InfluxDB FreeNAS,…

Build a Homelab Dashboard: Part 7, pfSense

After a small break, I’m ready to continue the homelab dashboard series! This week we’ll be looking at pfSense statistics and how we add those to our homelab dashboard. Before we dive in, as always, we’ll look at the series so far: An Introduction Organizr Organizr Continued InfluxDB Telegraf Introduction Grafana Introduction pfSense pfSense and…

Build a Homelab Dashboard: Part 6, Grafana Introduction

Another week, another part of the homelab dashboard series!  This week we will finally bring all of our work into Grafana so that we can see some pretty pictures.  Before we dive in, let’s take a look at the series so far: An Introduction Organizr Organizr Continued InfluxDB Telegraf Introduction Grafana Introduction What is Grafana?…

Build a Homelab Dashboard: Part 5, Telegraf Introduction

As we continue on our homelab dashboard journey, we’re ready to start populating our time-series database (InfluxDB) with some actual data.  To do this, we’ll start by installing Telegraf.  But, before we dive in, let’s take a at the series so far: An Introduction Organizr Organizr Continued InfluxDB Telegraf Introduction What is Telegraf In part…

PowerShell from Workspace: Better Than a Batch

There are no less than three blog posts about running a batch script from Workspace floating around the internet.  I believe the first originated from Celvin here.  While this method works great for executing a batch, you are still stuck with a batch.  Not only that, but if you update that batch, you have to…

Build a Homelab Dashboard: Part 4, InfluxDB

Now that we have our foundation laid with a fresh installation of Debian and Organizr, we can now move on to the data collection portion of our dashboard.  After all, we have to get the stats about our homelab before we can make them into pretty pictures.  Before we can go get the stats, we…

Homelab Software Licensing

I frequent /r/homelab and recently I’ve read a number of posts regarding how to get licensing for your homelab.  Obviously, there are plenty of unscrupulous ways to get access to software, but I prefer to keep everything on my home network legit.  So, how do you do that?  Software licensing is somewhat difficult for regular…

Build a Homelab Dashboard: Part 3, Organizr Continued

I know, I know…I promised InfluxDB would be my next post.  But, I’ve noticed that Organizr is not quite as straight forward to everyone as I thought.  So today we’ll be configuring Organizr and InfluxDB will wait until our next post.  Before we continue with configuring Organizr, let’s recap our series so far: Part 1,…

MDXDataCopy: Smart Push for On-Premise

If you attended my recent presentation at Kscope18, I covered this topic and provided a live demonstration of MDXDataCopy.  MDXDataCopy provides an excellent method for creating functionality similar to that of Smart Push in PBCS.  While my presentation has all of the code that you need to get started, not everyone likes getting things like…