Pages tagged with 'Linux'

Server CPU Replacement

5 minutes

Power bills in the UK are starting to skyrocket, and the costs of self-hosting are going up as a result. The average persons bills are going up pretty fast, and I suspect they don't have a server in their cupboard on 24/7. For a while now, I've wanted to swap out the CPU in my server. When I designed it, I had intended

State of the Apps 2022

14 minutes

It’s a new year, so it’s time to reflect back on the tools I used last year, how they’ll change this year, and how they might change in future. It’s still an idea I’ve completely stolen from CGP Grey / Cortex, but I think it’s useful, fun and interesting. I’m

Storing Ansible Vault password in Bitwarden

4 minutes

I’ve used Ansible for a number of years for the provisioning of both my servers and desktops. It’s versatile, it’s simple, it’s powerful, and has a number of great features. Personally, I make all of my “playbooks” public for all for all to see, but provisioning still requires some secrets.

LXC vs Docker

4 minutes

Both LXC and Docker are great containerization technologies, brought to you by the powers of the Linux kernel. At their core, they’re pretty similar, but the further out you look, the differences increase massively. At their heart, they’re both still containers - understanding the differences between the 2 takes a

Docker in LXC

Docker is a great containerization technology for running applications. It keeps multiple applications completely isolated from each other, only allowing connections exactly when you tell them to. But what if you’re on a hypervisor? You want your host OS to be as lean as possible (else it defeats the point),

Fixing a permissions error on Proxmox backup


I have a bunch of VMs and LXCs on my proxmox server. Whilst I like to keep as little data in each of them as possible, and instead mount in my storage (in the form of a ZFS and snapraid pool), I still use proxmox’s built-in backup feature to back

Server build 2020 - Proxmox setup

11 minutes

Back in December, I fully rebuilt my home server from the ground up based on Proxmox. Being a hypervisor OS, it makes sense to run everything in VMs or LXC containers, not on the host. Therefore, there’s a huge amount of scope for opinions, lessons and customizations. I’ve had quite

ZFS on home

3 minutes

ZFS is a great filesystem, especially for any kind of data storage, but the fact it’s not integrated into the Linux kernel makes it a risky choice for the root OS. Canonical are making this easier for Ubuntu users by tightly controlling and testing the kernel and ZFS to ensure

Unsafe routes with Nebula

2 minutes

Nebula is a great mesh network I recently deployed into my stack. For connecting nodes spread between networks, it’s great, much better than my previous WireGuard installation. An additional feature of nebula is unsafe_routes. Unsafe routes allow nodes which don’t have Nebula installed to be accessible to other Nebula nodes.

Nebula mesh network - an introduction

8 minutes

WireGuard has been the “hot new thing” when it comes to VPNs, but it’s not always the best suited for every workload. Nebula is a mesh network originally created by Slack, but now owned by a separate company.TechSNAP 419 - Nebulous NetworkingLinux Unplugged 329 - Flat Network TruthersWhat’s a mesh

State of the Apps 2021

7 minutes

It’s that time of the year again: time to look back at how I work, the tools I use, and how the next year might look. I’ve been working from home basically full time since the UK went into lockdown 17th March. It’s been quite an adjustment barely leaving the

Mount NFS inside LXC containers

NFS is a great protocol for sharing files quickly and simply over the network. Whilst it’s not designed for end user use, it’s great for mounting directories from remote machines, and having them be performant. NFS’ lack of authentication is in a way a feature, honest. Not only does it

Backing up and restoring Docker containers

You should back up your data, properly! If you’re not, you’re playing a dangerous game with fate. Computers are pretty reliable, but they also go wrong, often. You should always backup your files, but backing up a containerized application isn’t quite as simple. A container is 3 things:ConfigurationVolumesNetworking The point

Server build 2020 - Parts

5 minutes

Black Friday, the only day which seems to last over a month, is a great time to buy tech. Whilst most people will be buying early christmas presents, new gadgets for themselves, or just impulse buying stuff they don’t need (something I totally never do…), I ordered the parts for

Wiping Hard Drives

2 minutes

People say there’s no 100% reliable way to wipe a storage drive, and they’re right. By the nature of how mechanical drives work, there’s no real way to say for sure whether the data is ever really gone. With drives, the only way to be sure the content is gone

Increase your Docker IP space

Recently, I started setting up a new application on my docker host. It was late in the day, and I just wanted to get something up and working to play around with. Just my luck, I was met with wonderfully cryptic error:ERROR: could not find an available, non-overlapping IPv4 address

Browsable snapshots with ZFS


ZFS is a pretty sweet filesystem, an opinion shared by the majority of the internet it seems. BTRFS (No Wikipedia, it’s not “butter fuss”) is also a nice filesystem, and the fact it’s built-in to the kernel makes it far safer to use as a root filesystem. One of my