Homelab – software and hardware I use

Today, I’d like to tell you about some of the hardware and software I use in my homelab to stay up to date. Since my clients often ask me for recommendations on hardware and software, I find it important that I use those tools on a daily basis. Practise what you preach! Also, it is vital in the IT field to constantly stay informed about emerging trends, new technology and the pros and cons.

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Supermicro Server or IntelNUC

The Supermicro server E300-9D and the IntelNUCs are popular products for low budgets for VMware ESXi home lab environments. Both products run ESXi practically out of the box with no addition of drivers except for the LAN drivers for the IntelNUC

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How to setup SQL Server Remote Connection
SQL Server remote port connection

How to setup SQL Server Remote Connection

I got a request asking if it is possible for a web application to connect to an SQL server remote port. My answer: “But of course! We just need to open port 1433 on the Windows Firewall and enable TCP/IP.” A request handled very quickly. Or so I thought.

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Fail2ban email notification

You might think “Oh no, not another “how to” about installing Fail2ban. I admit there are a lot of instructions available. However, I simply could not find a clear guide on installing Fail2ban with email notification. I love Fail2ban and use it for several Linux servers. For me, it is important to receive an email when Fail2ban triggers an action.

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Remote Desktop Service

I had to install the Remote Desktop Service (RDS) role on a Windows Server 2019. I have never done it before. So I googled a bit to find some instructions. But my use case was different than most instructions I found. The server is in workgroup mode and not part of a domain.

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Elementor Pro

A while ago, I wrote a blog about Elementor vs. Divi. Which page builder to choose? Now I will write about Elementor Pro only. Remember, Pro is the paid version. As you know, Elementor Pro is my favorite Page builder for WordPress

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FortiOS 6.2.2

Fortigate released FortiOS 6.2.2 (patch 2) at the end of October. The release of patch 2 was intended to mitigate an SSL-VPN vulnerability. Fortigate advised their customers to upgrade to patch 2.

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How to change timezone in Ubuntu 18.04 server
Linux

How to change timezone in Ubuntu 18.04 server

I installed an Ubuntu server 18.04. And then I discovered that the time displayed was not correct. Hey, I was pretty sure that during the gui installation process I had selected the time zone. Or had I not? Anyway, the time was one hour behind. This sort of a careless error can happen to anyone. So for those of you who might sometime be in the same boat as me: don't worry! Here's how to fix the issue and it's really easy!

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Swyx

In April 2019 I participated in a 3-day course for the Swyx VoIP phone software, organized by Primenet. The software was originally developed by Deutsche Telekom and later outsourced.

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FortiOS 6.2
FortiOS

FortiOS 6.2

Fortinet released FortiOS 6.2 for Fortigate firewalls in March 2019. See the official what’s new document from Fortinet. I would like to highlight some nice new settings in this blog.

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