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Moving my homelab away from ESXi
Aug 5, 2017
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It has been around a month since I last made a blog post and busy month it has been for me indeed. I have now graduated, moved house and found a new job for which I start Monday. For the past few years I have played around and ran my homelab in many different ways eg.

  • ESXi
  • Windows Server 2012
  • Windows Server 2016
  • UnRAID
  • Proxmox
  • Debian/CentOS

The setup that I used for the longest time was using ESXi, mostly running Linux VMs, PfSense and FreeNAS; though now is the time for change.

I have decided to go back to basics and run CentOS, I could have gone for Ubuntu/Debian but CentOS is the closest to RedHat Enterprise Linux. From my interviews I gathered that a fair amount of the larger companies love a support package, thus they run RHEL over other distributions.

CentOS screenfetch

I feel like this setup will work for me as most of the things I do, can be containerised and deployed with Docker. I just need to figure out the best method of deploying containers for me as running Kubernetes is overkill yet running ‘docker run’ is not cool.

Over the next few weeks I plan to finish working on Granscan and start blogging on OS hardening and DevOps/SysAdmin practises.

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