openSUSE Thoughts and Recommendations

The combination of openSUSE Tumbleweed’s rolling release style, the qualtify of applications available on the Linux platform (including snaps, flatpak, and AppImage files), I feel like I have found a nice home for personal computing use – all without a single dime in license fees for my Operating System. It’s completely free, open-source, and I’m in control of the OS and my data. Fantastic!

BitLocker and Cluster Shared Volumes in Hyper-V Scenarios

In this post I’ll be focusing on configuring BitLocker on CSVs where you will be hosting Hyper-V based workloads. Just do a quick Google search. There are multiple online resources about the configuring of BitLocker and CSVs, but there is only one specific manner in which I have been able to achieve success for this…

ownCloud Series – Go the Extra Mile Part 1: Memory Caching

  This is the third post in my “ownCloud series” and the first in a series of posts in “Going the Extra Mile” with your ownCloud instance. The aim here is to share with everyone things that may help you improve your performance, secure your instance, and increase the use case of ownCloud in your…

ownCloud Series – A Walk in Your Cloud

In the first post, we started with a fresh install of Ubuntu server and finished with logging into the ownCloud web portal for the first time. In this post, we’ll be picking up right where we left off, focusing on a complete walkthrough in your cloud to help you understand the web management interface of…

Fortigate Firewall Debug

In one of my work environments we use Fortigate firewalls. With a complex rule-set, including multiple VDOMs, there are times where we need to figure out why some traffic (source) is not reaching its destination. We had such a case recently, and I wrote this up for documentation, sharing is caring :). I’ve changed the…

Cisco ASA to Redundant Amazon Virtual Gateways

As part of my day to day duties as a “Systems Administrator”, I configure site-to-site VPN tunnels from my company’s hosted devices, to remote endpoints of all types. The most common scenario being IPSec VPN tunnels, with the endpoints on my side being a Fortigate and Cisco ASA devices. Our team has done well over…

ArchLinux Thoughts and Installation Notes

Lately I’ve been using ArchLinux quite a bit. In fact, I use it in a VM on my Mac everyday for various tools and utilities. When you talk about or read about Archlinux online, the most common complaint and challenging aspect for most users is the initial installation process. Sure, it’s not a simple point-and-click…

Major League – Baseball or Bummer?

The beginning of April is an exciting time in United States. With the arrival of Spring time, we say goodbye to winter blizzards and cabin fever, and hello to warmer weather and the start of the Major League Baseball season. Baseball has long been regarded as our “national pastime” in the US. It’s no wonder…

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