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Home Lab

So things at work have been pretty busy and I’ve been neglecting this space again. I tend to do that when I get overwhelmed with work. That’s a shame as this is a nice place for me to talk about what’s going on in my life and gives me a way to get the frustration out by talking about something that isn’t work.

So I’m back to talk about starting a home lab. It’s something I should’ve done a long time ago. Have a small home lab will let me get my hands dirty in creative ways. One of the nicer things about having a home lab is a lot of commercial software can be used on a trial basis for playing with outside of a production environment. This will probably be irritating long term where I will wind up blowing through the trial licenses every 60 days, but I may be able to work around that easily enough.

This should be a good learning experience though. While it won’t cover maintaining something long term in a production environment I will have the ability to break things and fix them without worrying about critical data being lost.

This home lab setup will also be beneficial to my brother as he will be able to spin up a VM-or virtual machine-so he can play around with IIS and publishing webapps. That should be something fun for him to do without needing to worry about security for the time being and let him focus on just creating something in a safe environment. If he hoses a VM, who cares. It’s going to be something dedicated to whatever he’s working on. I think this is going to be a great opportunity for both of us to expand our skills.

This will definitely be something I talk about long term as I plan on fleshing out this setup over the next few weeks to something much more solid. Currently, both machines are just sitting on a desk, but I lack the network capacity to have them both online right now. That should be resolved very, very shortly.

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