The home lab

After reading about others home lab environments, I was inspired to write about mine. It’s nothing too fancy but maybe somebody out there will find it interesting. I’ve flipped-flopped several times between various operating systems and hypervisors trying to find the solution that best fits my needs. I’ve tried everything from pure Debian (kvm/libvirt, lxc),… Continue reading The home lab

Nginx and Letsencrypt on SmartOS

acme_tiny is a nice, small utility for creating and renewing your doman SSL/TLS certificates. It’s less than 200 lines of bash and just works. Here’s how to set it up and have your certificate automatically renewed once a month. First, let’s get things installed; nginx and the acme-tiny client and setup the necessary directories. Add… Continue reading Nginx and Letsencrypt on SmartOS

Install elasticsearch 5.x on SmartOS

Whenever possible, I like running software in containers instead of kvms. Aside from the obvious performance gains, server density increases significantly since you’re not kidnapping huge chunks of DRAM from the OS and holding it hostage. I recently had a need to setup an elasticsearch 5.x cluster on a SmartOS machine. It was mostly straight-forward… Continue reading Install elasticsearch 5.x on SmartOS