Welcome to The Geek Bin!

The Geek Bin was created after 4 years of telling myself to keep a log of the things I do because some day I’ll need them, then 4 years later having to solve the same issue I already solved… the hard way. Now, here we are! I run a not-so-home lab, a small MSP-style business, and I’m finding new challenges as I go along.

I’m at this stage in my life where I know not to buy lots and that I should save, but, I end up buying things on an impulse, which is much like how my dive into labbing began. My lab started in early 2013, which I got my first Gen6 HP server and old Dell server. Within hours I had them setup and configured, ready to use. I installed VMWare on them, and I was off to the races — the rest is history now!

In my personal life, I’ve got an adorable baby boy, a terror of a dog, and an incredible wife. I love to hang out, laugh, and learn as much as possible. While I’m not playing with my son or dog, with my wife, you’ll find me out exploring nature and learning more technology.

What’s in my lab?

Currently, my lab sits in a data center which is about a 5 minute drive from where I live, it’s got two servers and a router placed here.

Router: EdgeRouter-X (3 port)
Server 1 (Monty): E3-1230 / 16 GB DDR3 ECC Memory / 1x4TB, 1x2TB, 2xBlank Caddies / SuperMicro
Server 2 (Cleo): E5-2630Lv2 / 40 GB DDR3 ECC Memory / 2x300GB SAS 10K / HP DL360P Generation 8

Click here for photos of the servers

My colocation has metered bandwidth, I get around 10 TB of bandwidth which is more than I need. Right now I use about 1 TB per month on plex, and less than 1 TB for hosting nextcloud, a few windows VMs, NAS setup, and more. I’m also considering putting a few new Raspberry Pi with 4GB ram on top of one of the servers, for research of course.

I’m pretty happy with my current setup, I’m working towards fully making a HA setup so I can take a node offline without having to worry too much about it. The data center supplies me a /30 and /29 on separate vlans, one is for IPMI which is portable, the other is my IP allotment, most of which are un-used right now as I’ve been NATing a lot – however, if plans go well I’ll be able to setup a static IP to NAT under for all websites, one for game servers (personal), and one for researching, the other two will likely remain un-used for the time being until I can find a good use for them!

The other thing I’m always stoked about is, the data center I’m in is a local ISP, and as such the IPs assigned to me show up as residential allotment, which makes me watching any shows even easier because it doesn’t look like it’s a server in a data center.

Lab Diagram (July, 2019)