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My homelab <3

My first homelab ever was started as a single Packard Bell 486 which ran SuSE Linux 5.2. I used it with my @Home connection to host web, DNS and mail services. Over time, I’d move leftover computers to a data

Posted in Networking

PowerShell Invoke-RestMethod / CloudFlare API v4 Code Sample

If you’re looking to create your own CloudFlare API v4-based PowerShell module, and would like some syntax examples, here’s a simplified breakdown of my CloudFlareDynDns module on github, which I discuss in “Use PowerShell and CloudFlare API v4 to Dynamically

Posted in Networking, PowerShell

Use PowerShell and CloudFlare API v4 to Dynamically Update CloudFlare DNS to your External IP


Got a homelab and miss how DynDNS used to be free? Using PowerShell and a CloudFlare hosted domain, you can emulate similar functionality for free using PowerShell and a Scheduled Task. If you’re looking for a DDNS client that you

Posted in Networking, PowerShell

OS X: How to Setup NAT on Lion and Mountain Lion

It appears Apple changed the way NAT works, starting in Lion and this upset a lot of people. Apparently, nat would just stop working for some folks after they upgraded to Lion from Snow Leopard. Finding really in-depth information about

Posted in Networking, OS X & iDevices

[Solved] Parallels Desktop: Interface vmnet1 is not present. This should be created at boot time.

I recently modified my Parallels DHCP settings because I’m really particular about the internal subnets I work with in the lab (192.168 is the ugliest subnet ever). Once I modified the file at /Library/Preferences/VMware\ Fusion/networking (OS X) my Parallels Desktop

Posted in Networking, OS X & iDevices, VMware

Patterns and Practices: A Guide to Claims-Based Identity and Access Control – Free ebook.

While I usually like conversation-style technical books (think: Manning’s In Action series and many Wrox books), Microsoft’s Patterns and Practices series is one of my favorite even though they feel so formal. Recently, my buddy Buck Woody posted a link

Posted in Active Directory, Networking, Security

OpenVPN: Update Client DNS Servers on Mac OS X Using the Command Line.

There’s a bit of a debate on how best to update your DNS resolver on Mac OS X when connecting to an OpenVPN Server. For whatever reason, even if use DHCP on the VPN server, OS X won’t use the

Posted in Networking, OS X & iDevices

OpenWRT & PPTPD: A Love Story

Firesheep got me thinkin’ that I should probably do a little more to beef up the security of my Internet connection on public networks. PPTP has always been a favorite of mine, because it hides traffic well enough to deter

Posted in Linux, Networking, Security

Migrating SQL Server?

dbatools is an awesome PowerShell module that helps you migrate entire instances with a single command.

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