home lab

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    Firewalla Gold SE Review for Home Lab

    I was recently sent one of the new Firewalla Gold SE devices to test out in the home lab. However, other than the unit being sent to me for my thoughts, this is not a paid review, and I only…

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    E Cores vs P Cores in Home Servers

    If you are thinking about a new mini PC for your home lab server and want to go the Intel CPU route, there are some considerations to be made when selecting a mini PC or any other computer with a…

  • Freshrss docker compose configuration

    FreshRSS Docker Compose Setup Guide Self-Hosted RSS Reader

    I have been using RS more and more to aggregate news and other information sources out there for quick and easy consumption to get to the details quickly. FreshRSS is a popular favorite for a simple and easy RSS feed…

  • Synology active backup

    Synology Active Backup for Business – Best Home Server Backup

    One thing you will want to do when you get to a certain stage of your home lab is to have backups and an overall backup strategy for DR to reduce risk. Backups help you recreate configurations and important data…

  • Home lab mistakes

    Top Home Lab Mistakes to Avoid

    Mistakes when it comes to home labs are inevitable. In fact, I have learned over the years they are simply part of the learning experience. Testing things out or trying things that break can lead to some important discoveries in…

  • Proxmox nested virtualization

    How to Enable Proxmox Nested Virtualization

    You may or may not have heard about nested virtualization. However, nested virtualization is a great way to set up virtualization labs and other learning environments. Nested virtualization in Proxmox is fairly easy to configure. With the Proxmox hypervisor, you…

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    Best DNS Server you can Self-Host in 2023

    Choosing a DNS Server for your home network or home lab environment is crucial to performance and security. There are many public DNS servers that can be used for DNS queries. However, in this post, we will look at the…

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    Home Lab Update Late 2023: New Switches, Mini PCs, Upgraded Lighting and More!

    I am hoping to make this a regular series each year as the home lab undergoes changes and upgrades and as I introduce new things. The home lab for me has come a long way. It is great to be…

  • Truenas virtual machine configuration

    TrueNAS Virtual Machine Configuration: Step-by-Step Tips

    TrueNAS provides a powerful platform for running a homelab. It provides a “LAN in a CAN” approach to running everything from NAS storage, virtual machines, and containerized applications, including vanilla Docker. This article will look at TrueNAS virtual machine configuration…

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    OpenSpeedTest Server Self-hosted Network Speed Test in Docker

    Checking speeds in your network is a great way to troubleshoot and also keep a check on performance metrics. If you are like me, you have probably relied on publicly available speed test servers to check the speed of your…