We’re nearing the end of 2021 and it’s time to refresh the homelab again. I recently moved two of the three custom built Supermicro servers previously in the home network cabinet over to the Colo Cluster, creating a need to replace the empty rack Us with something that could handle home services. Notice I used the word need there, although it’s really just a euphemism for want as I have plenty of servers that could handle this in the Data Center.

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I recently switched the majority of my self-hosted services over to Proxmox running on a custom built 1U supermicro server. It’s been working so well I decided to build a second one, and setup a two node HA cluster to take advantage of live migration among other features. Proxmox uses corosync to track cluster status, but the trick is it requires a third node (qdevice) to provide quorum and act as a tie breaker.

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Hello Joyent

I have worked happily in the EDU sector for over 14 years building infrastructure and services to support faculty research, but decided recently that a change of pace would be healthy. I am therefore excited, humbled, and privileged to now be working with the terrific and insanely smart folks at Joyent.

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I frequently have the need to create ZFS snapshots and replicate them from one host to another for backup and disaster recovery purposes. There are many blog posts and articles that present custom scripts using zfs send/recv to automate this task and they all work to some extent. I have tried most of them but recently settled on two in particular that I’ve found to be robust enough to meet all of my needs.

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Phillip Steinbachs


Principal Engineer

Sandpoint, ID USA