Topic: Kubernetes

Home Data Center Project: Finished System

A final overview of the finished project building a home data center from 2nd hand enterprise equipment.

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Home Data Center Project: Setting up a VMware vSphere ESXi 6.7 on Dell R610

While building a really powerful Kubernetes cluster is useful, I decided to add further utility to the project by using VMware's vSphere ESXi on one of the servers to allow for virtualization of other operating systems.

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Using Github Actions and Package Registry to build, store and deploy your containers

With Github Actions and Package Registry, you can now build almost an entire CI/CD chain without using other services

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Home Data Center Project: Wiping and configuring Force10 switch

A number of ports didn't work on the Force10 switch when initially using it as a standard switch. This was likely due to having special settings based on the previous installation while also having credentials for access via the console port. This post describes getting access to the switch, wiping the settings and setting it up for the given project.

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Home Data Center Project: Adding a storage server

The next step in building a home data center: adding a server to handle storage. For this purpose I picked up a 36 HDD bay, 4 unit rack-mount Isilon / EMC X400 chassis with a Supermicro X8 series motherboard. Fun ensues getting this part of the project working!!

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Home Data Center Project: Starting the build

After completing my previous project of building a Kubernetes cluster using old computers, I decided to take the next logical step and use real data center hardware to build a Kubernetes cluster at home within a budget of $3000. This is the first of a series of posts describing the build.

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Adding Prometheus to on premises Kubernetes cluster via Helm

Prometheus is fantastic for drilling down into whats happening with the resources within your cluster.

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Adding Jenkins to on premises Kubernetes cluster via Helm

Jenkins is an absolute prime candidate for running on a non-production Kubernetes cluster built on old, unused hardware.

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