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VMware ESXi barebone homelab
Hardware

A perfect barebone ESXi host

Are you looking for an inexpensive ESXi host for a small environment or homelab? You need look no further than the Supermicro barebone E300-9D. It’s a beautiful small computer which offers all the features you need in an ESXi host. It runs ESXi 6.7 right out of the box

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backup Microsoft 365
Applications

Backup Microsoft 365

My guess is that most people will answer with a sheepish No. Did you know that according to an IDC report, a massive 76% of people don’t back up their Microsoft 365 data?

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Applications

How to harden WordPress

I have devoted a fair amount of time in the last few months to learn WordPress. I’ve often heard people say that WordPress is not secure and can be easily hacked. Well, given that it’s a very popular CMS system for websites makes it a good target for hackers. There are some steps for securing and hardening WordPress websites. In this blog post I would like to show you how to do it.

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sql server remote port
Applications

How to setup SQL 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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canva alternative
Applications

Canva alternative Glorify

Glorify is a SaaS application. It is web-based and runs best with Chrome. The app offers guided help for eCommerce, social media, ebook creator, and logo maker. They provide templates for popular social media platforms such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, Google ads, Twitter, and more

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Supermicro server IntelNUC
Hardware

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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Fail2ban email notification
Applications

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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Proxmox to Vmware proxmox vmware
Applications

Proxmox to VMware

This article tells you how to convert a Proxmox VM to VMware in 3 steps (Proxmox to VMware)[SK1] . You convert the virtual disk and not the whole virtual machine. You should have some basic knowledge about SSH and Linux shell. All you need to know is how to navigate the directory structure in the Linux shell. The whole process only requires 3 commands

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Elementor vs Divi
Applications

Elementor vs Divi

Elementor vs Divi – 2 excellent page builders 2020 Update: April 13, 2020 Since I originally posted this article in early January 2020 a lot has changed. I have to

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Remote Desktop workgroup mode
Windows

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
Applications

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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Homelab Software Hardware
Hardware

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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Rank Math Yoast SEO WordPress
Applications

From Yoast SEO to Rank Math

Why I switched from Yoast SEO to Rank Math to write my blogs. Introduction I hope you’re not expecting a review of Rank Math, the new WordPress plugin for SEO.

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Fortigate FortiOS 6.2.2
Hardware

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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ubuntu server
Operating Systems

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 voip sip trunk
Hardware

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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