February 12, 2022

From Gerald R. Lucas

More Homelab Goodness covid-19: day 686 | US: GA | info | act

Proxmox is humming along. I have had a hiccup or two, but nothing that I have not been able to work out. I have a cluster: my Power Mac and my ThinkCentre M710Q are working in networked harmony.[1] I now have two small containers running Pihole (one is the main install and the other is a backup for high-availability) and the two are synced using Gravity Sync. I also discovered the local DNS records section of Pihole and have assigned friendly names for my servers. I watched a video from Techno Tim about getting certificates for these, which I will probably do at some point.

My Homelab cabinet dominated by my Power Mac “Behemoth.”

I installed and am learning TrueNAS, and so far it’s working well. I have made family shares for archives and storage, and I have been consolidating all of my disparate backups. I have to decide how I backup these backups, but TrueNAS allows connections to commercial services, like Box. I’ll figure something out. I feel like I have only scratched the surface of TrueNAS.

The Windows 10 install is working great, and I finally figured out why it was circumventing Pihole. It was using IPv6 to get around my DNS servers, but after I disabled that, voilà! Also, I’m still waiting to hear back on a license from the university, but this prolonged silence does not fill me with confidence. So far the only drawback from not “activating” it has been an annoying watermark in the bottom-right and my inability to customize my desktop background. I’m sure I’ll discover more.

I’m in the process of moving my entertainment server from a Raspberry Pi 4 to a Ubuntu Server (20.04) container. So far, I’ve managed to transfer Radarr with no problem. I just reinstalled Jackett and added the RSS feeds I want, and I went with Deluge for torrents this time. All is humming along. I still need to install Sonarr, and I’m thinking about adding Lidarr and Readarr this time, too. Why not? This is likely what I’ll get working today.

I want to install pfSense and virtualize my network configuration, but this might have to wait. This will allow me to use pfSense for my main, wired network and OpenWRT for the wireless stuff. Still, I don’t want to break anything—especially while the family is using stuff.

If nothing else, this is fun.

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  1. Yes, this is overkill for my needs, but whatever. I call them “Behemoth” and “Prometheus” respectively. Maybe it should have been “Goliath” and “David”?