What I Learned in Boating School is…

Well, it’s been about a year since I first stood up this site, marked unceremoniously by changing out my certs and paying for some more hosting. As the title (and video below) alludes to, sometimes I have some writer’s block when I think about what I want to post here. I’ve also been a little busy.

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I’m Back! Well, kinda.

Times makes fools of us all

As summarily stated by Futurama, time makes fools of us all. Shortly after getting my hardware set up last year, I decided to jump head-first into spinning up VMs and making use of my resources. I didn’t document as much as I wanted, and by the time I got things set up, I was hit with some very challenging, time-intensive school work (looking at you, last semester’s database, accounting, and economics classes). Winter break wasn’t much better, with day-job commitments, holiday travel to see friends and family, and some well-needed R&R.

After reviewing this semester’s syllabi, the next few months don’t look much better, either. This semester, in addition to taking organizational behavior & theory, ERP systems, and marketing, I plan on also continuing studying for the CompTIA Security+ exam, which I will hopefully be able to earn in late May or early June.

As time allows, I plan on posting about how I configured ESXi and FreeNAS, as well as documenting some of the projects I’ve been working on. I may not be able to keep a steady publication schedule, but bear with me. If you want to get email alerts with new posts, enter your email in the subscribe box. At this rate, you won’t need to worry about too many messages cluttering your inbox.

Finally, if you’re interested in the study book I’ve been using to study so far for the Security+, you can find it here on Amazon (not a ref link). The book is “CompTIA Security+: Get Certified Get Ahead: SY0-401 Study Guide” by Darril Gibson. So far it has been an easier read than the McGraw Hill “All-In-One” series, though some of the information and explanations are a little redundant.

Anyways, thanks for reading!

The Pursuit of Homelabs, Part 5 – IT LIVES!

jdmoorexyz_fanclubWhat a week it’s been! After receiving all my parts from my first eBay order, then waiting on a set of M246M cables to come in the mail (oops), I was all set to get started… or was I? After some great “learning opportunities”, I was able to successfully boot my R710! Keep reading to see what all I learned along the way.

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The Pursuit of Homelabs, Part 4 – Parts A-Plenty

homelab_part_4_000It’s time! In this post, I’ll be talking about the parts I chose, why I chose each one, and some of the lessons I’ve learned – oh boy, did I learn a lesson or two.

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