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linux Server

Backup containers w/Ansible

The one thing that you should absolutely be doing routinely is backing up your stuff. Yet you’ll notice in my previous post about using Ansible to automate my homelab, there is no mention of backing up the environment. If you’re wondering why that is, it’s because I am both lazy and forgetful. Having been bitten […]

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linux

A Brief Introduction to the Lemur Pro by System76

I’ve been in the market for a new laptop since the battery died on my secondhand Samsung. Even the replacement (aftermarket) batteries I found for it would only give me 2 hours of usage for the first month and then drastically drop off to 45 minutes. Having to hunt for an outlet everywhere I took […]

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linux programming

Bulk Image Compression via CLI

Occasionally, I like to share HD photos but they always end up tens of megabytes in size and large files can be a pain send to family and friends. To circumvent this, I make sure to do some image compression before ever sending the images. It’s also very helpful when posting images to a website […]

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linux Server Yii2

Starting Systemd Services with Vagrant machines

I recently ran into a minor inconvenience with a configuration on one of my Vagrant machines. You see, I’m implementing a queueing service on an application and I needed that service to be started whenever the machine starts up. Normally, this is quite simple and is done by creating a file named [email protected] in /etc/systemd/system […]

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linux Server

Automating Proxmox LXC Container Creation, Updates, and more with Ansible

I love tinkering with my homelab but there is always a fear in the back of my mind, that one of my servers is running an outdated package that is being actively exploited. I don’t want to spend my free time cleaning up a mess that some nefarious party has made of my servers and […]

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linux Security Server

Converting Privileged LXC Containers to Unprivileged

Not long ago, I was looking through my container configurations in the Proxmox GUI and noticed that one very important container had been running as privileged. I must’ve forgotten to click the “Unprivileged” checkbox when I was creating it. For security sake, I try making all of my containers unprivileged. It makes things like sharing […]

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linux Security Server

Storj-CLI Update + Shortcuts

I hate typing the same commands over and over into the terminal. I hate it so much that every time I have CLI deja-vu, the first thing I say to myself is “How can I automate this?” Usually, it’s as simple as adding a quick alias to my `~/.bash_aliases` file but this time I did […]

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linux Security Server WordPress

WordPress Backup Bash Script

I threw together a simple bash script to be run via cron jobs that will backup an entire WordPress site. Technically, it will work for a lot more than that assuming the site you’re backing up has a single directory to be backed up and a MySQL/MariaDB database. It’s a fairly simple script and it […]

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linux PHP Server

Deployments w/Deployer

In keeping with my previous posts discussing deployments with Git and Capistrano, I thought it appropriate to mention the latest tool I’ve been using to automate shipping code; Deployer. Since discovering Deployer, I’ve dropped Capistrano and git deployments. Those tools were fine, and if you’re developing with Ruby, I’d encourage you to stick with Capistrano […]

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linux Server

Custom LXC Container Templates in Proxmox 5.0

If you’re at all into homelabbing, are a server administrator, or have an interest virtualization, you’ve probably heard of Proxmox. In my case, I just love to tinker with my homelab. One of the things I love about Proxmox, is how quickly I can get a containerized server up and running. All I need to […]