home lab

  • homelabDNS01

    Controlling Home Lab DNS Resolution with Windows Server 2016

    Let’s face it, DNS is critical everywhere.  Even in our home labs, DNS plays a major role in many services we may want or need to run as it does in production.  At first, many in home labs may tend…

  • monitoringfeat01

    Monitoring Home Lab Network like Production

    Most of us die hard geeks are running home labs as part of the never ending learning process AND because, well, we LIKE doing it enough, we want to tinker around with technology at home.  With that being said, to…

  • supbios01aa

    Update Supermicro BIOS using IPMI SUM

    I really like the Supermicro IPMI interface for remotely performing administrative tasks as well as monitoring the health of the Supermicro server hardware.  One of the really cool things that you can do remotely is update the motherboard BIOS firmware…

  • storcli02

    How to flash Avago LSI RAID controller firmware with boot disk

    In working on provisioning a new Supermicro lab server that is outfitted with an Avago LSI 9380-4i4e SAS RAID controller, one of the first tasks I wanted to complete was flashing the firmware to the latest version.  There are a…

  • rdpsec04

    Securing RDP access to Home Lab

    One of the cool things about having a home lab is being able to reach it from anywhere.  Of course, when thinking about how you are going to make your lab accessible from the Internet, we always have to think…

  • smuefi01

    Windows cannot be installed to this disk 4K drives

    With the recent SuperMicro server build, I am utilizing Seagate ST8000NM0065 drives.  High density 4K drives are starting to come of age, however, there are still a few tricks required to get OS’es installed to boot from 4K.  Starting with Windows…

  • virtualmedia03

    Mount Virtual Media SuperMicro IPMI

    In the previous post here, I walked through the SuperMicro IPMI management interface and a few of the options that are available to administrators there for management of their SuperMicro server.  One of the more interesting options in the IPMI…

  • ipmi01

    Supermicro IPMI management walkthrough

    If you are utilizing Supermicro in your lab environment, there is a great feature that comes with Supermicro boards that allows BMC IPMI management of the server.  It is basically an out of band management of the server much like…

  • mobile_lab03-1

    Nested VMware Mobile Home Lab

    I wanted to write up a post about the specifics of my nested VMware mobile home lab, which is running on a Dell Precision Workstation laptop M4800.  This post is particularly around the VMs that I have running and not…