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Thank you for venturing into my corner of The Internet, to read my stories of engineering and technology, and explore the projects I’ve created and am in the process of creating. I primarily focus on home automation, homelab, and virtualization, but also enjoy building and making things. Feel free to browse the blog for regular updates, project pages for long term project descriptions, and my Youtube and Twitch channels for video content and casual relaxation. I hope you enjoy your journey along the way!

Making Proxmox into a pretty good NAS

Continuing the series where apalrd teaches proxmox skills through meaningful applications, today we are setting up a proper fileserver on our Proxmox system using Linux Containers. I’ve chosen to use a lightweight Linux Container (LXC) for this, so we can share the host’s ZFS filesystem. To manage shares and users using a web UI, I’m installing Cockpit, as well as some additional modules from 45Drives to deal with Samba. This should provide a pretty easy to use storage interface, keep all of our storage contained in the host Proxmox system without adding another layer of filesystem or a virtual machine, and run well on lower end hardware such as the Terramaster unit I’m using.
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FIXING my USB3 2.5Gbe network adapters on Linux / Proxmox!

Do you have a USB3 2.5Gbe network adapter that doesn’t work well in Linux? Well, the kernel has included the upgraded Realtek drivers for awhile now, but for some reason it needs additional udev rules to load correctly. It’s a pretty simple fix and results in dramatically improved bandwidth (full duplex ~1.5Gbps and half duplex ~1.9Gbps), and functions properly with the correct driver. tl;dr if you’re on a Debian-based system (including Proxmox) create the udev file below and reboot, and it should work fine.
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Take Control of your Smarthome with Home Assistant! Installation Tutorial on Proxmox

If you’re building your first home server (or following my Ultimate Home Server series!), the first app I recommend playing with is Home Assistant. Taking control of your home automation with free and open-source software is an excellent way to get out of the cloud-based walled gardens, and self-hosting an app like this is a great way to learn about self-hosting in general without the pressure of hosting something like your firewall.
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Terramaster NAS as low-cost Proxmox node? Teardown and SW Install!

I get asked a lot about what hardware I recommend for homelabs and home servers. It’s a very difficult question since it depends on what exactly you want to get out of your setup. But, whatever you choose, I’m starting a new series where I’ll setup all of the commonly requested home server software in a single box. Since I want to try this on both used and new hardware, here’s a low cost NAS you can buy brand-new and run your own software on it!
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All about POOLS | Proxmox + Ceph Hyperconverged Cluster fäncy Configurations for RBD

In this video, I expand on the last video of my hyper-converged Proxmox + Ceph cluster to create more custom pool layouts than Proxmox’s GUI allows. This includes setting the storage class (HDD / SSD / NVME), failure domain, and even erasure coding of pools. All of this is then setup as a storage location in Proxmox for RBD (RADOS Block Device), so we can store VM disks on it.
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HDMI Distribution over your Home Network? Low-Cost HDMI Matrix using IP-Based Hardware

So, you want to send HDMI video around your house? Maybe you want to use your office computer on your living room TV without a proprietary streaming solution like AirPlay or Chromecast? Share a cable or satellite box between your living room and bedroom? Or you’re crazy like me and you want to put all of your computers into the basement, and connect to any of them from any desk in the house?
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Import a Virtual Machine Template (OVA, VMDK, RAW, …) into Proxmox!

Short tutorial this week, how to import a VM image you may get to use in Proxmox. I took a vacation for Thanksgiving, so back to the regularly scheduled madness soon. Enjoy! The Basics: You need to use qm importvm (See the man page here if you want to reference it). The basic command is: qm importvm <vmid> <source> <storage> <options> Where <vmid> is the number of a VM which alraedy exists, <source> is the path to a file which qemu can convert (qcow2, vmdk,raw img), and <storage> is the name of a storage location in Proxmox.
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Proxmox NETWORKING: VLANs, Bridges, and Bonds!

I’m sure many of you follow me because you use Proxmox. It’s been a staple of my content for some time now. So, while working on the next episode of the Ceph series, I thought it would be good to do a separate segment on networking. So, here you have it. The basics of VLANs, Bridges, and Bonds in Proxmox VE. I’m only covering the native Linux versions, not Open VSwitch and VXLAN.
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Thin Client Addicts Anonymous - HP T530 Teardown/Review

I have a thin client addiction. You all have seen my 3x Dell Wyse 5060 Hyperconverged Cluster project. And you know that I bought a Dell Wyse 3040. But, I actually bought 3x 3040s, and someone sent me a Wyse 7010, and an HP T620 (yet to be reviewed). And now I bought another. An HP T530. I’d consider this to be an excellent choice for anyone wanting to run Home Assistant, since it has enough power for, an upgradeable M.
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Waveshare UPS Battery Backup for your Raspberry Pi! With Data Logging to MQTT

As some of you may know, I have a Raspberry Pi which handles all of the radios for Home Assistant. It runs ZwaveJS2MQTT (using the WebSockets connection to Home Assistant, not MQTT), Zigbee2MQTT (using MQTT), and RTL-433 (also using MQTT). So, it’s fairly critical infrastructure. Usually, with critical infrastructure, I try to get it PoE powered so I don’t have to worry about power bricks and can get battery backup via the CRS328 network switch in the basement (which is on a battery of its own).
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