I’ve been on here a while but never wrote an post so here it is.

My name is Mark thought most people call me JR (J.R. not “junior”). I am a believer and follower of Christ. My passion is and I’ve been at it professionally for over 14 years. Though I mostly develop for the web I enjoy working with the including the hardware and architecture of it.

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A lot has happened in the last year. I decided to pick up an 18u rack and rack mount my servers instead of building one. I also picked up two identically configured r620 servers which are clustered with the r420 but are mainly used as backup + failover for each other.

This hobby has really been a lot of fun and a huge learning experience for me. I’m always pursuing more knowledge and hands on experience. Doing so has only led to good things.

One of my goals for the is to self-host my code with a CI/CD stack, setup a pull through cache for Docker images, NPM packages, and Composer packages for my day to day development work.

I'm also planning on setting up an APT cache of Debian since all my servers, virtual machines, and my desktop run Debian.

Maybe someday I'll setup a Steam cache but I'll need to expand my storage significantly for that.

Finally setup my R210 II as a pfSense router/firewall currently behind my WRT1900ACS wireless router since I'm not ready to switch over yet.

There is so much to learn but I was pleasantly surprised by Linode API support for Dynamic DNS.

I am planning on building a small rack cabinet for the but right now it's sitting on a couple storage bins with wood laid underneath.

My lab also consistes of an old MacBook Pro (11,1) and MacBook Air (5,2) which I think will become strictly docker nodes. I run Debian 10 on all of these servers.

I'm still planning pretty heavily my long term goal but right now it's a NAS, Plex, and Nextcloud server for my family.

Update on my : I received the R210 II and R420 a couple weeks ago and have been fiddling with them ever since, mostly on the R420.

iDRAC Enterprise is a fantastic tool and I've been loving Proxmox. This R420 is primarily to replace my current NAS (WD EX2100) so I have ZFS setup with 4x 3TB drives in a RaidZ2.

This is my first time purchasing used HGST drives but all seems well. I do have multiple backups though. My old NAS is a secondary local backup and Backblaze as the offsite.

Decided to use an old Macbook Air (2c/i7/2GHz) with a broken backlight as my cheap with my EX2100 NAS for now.

Setup OpenVPN, Portainer, Nginx Proxy, Pi-hole, and Nextcloud so far.

External access only available through VPN but I may expose some services in the future.


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