How-to: OpenVPN Server in a Synology Docker Container

​I recently purchased Synology NAS, and wanted to run an OpenVPN server in a container for remote access. Yes, the Synology has a built-in OpenVPN server, but I felt that running a containerized version was more prudent. There are resources such as the Reddit Synology forum covering the Kylemanna OpenVPN Docker container, but I also wanted to harden my system a bit more using the ​Configuring a secure OpenVPN 2.4 server with Docker​​​ resource. ​​My...

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Synology Disk Station Manager (DSM) Configuration

In my article, Derek's 2019 NAS Selection, I discussed why I bought a Synology DS918+ for my home NAS needs. Now, I will cover the software configuration and some of the neat features of DSM (Disk Station Manager) 6.2.2. Topics that I will cover include security, snaphots, replication, Docker containers, VMs, VPN, and more. This is not a comprehensive configuration guide, so I can't cover everything I did to setup my NAS. Plus, your configuration...

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Derek’s 2019 Home NAS Selection

​Years ago I had a QNAP NAS which I used for my VMware home lab, but it was aging and I wanted something new and larger for all of my data and photos. Now, in 2019, I selected the Synology DS918+ NAS. Find out the specs, how I configured it, and what disks/memory/UPS I used. A future blog post will go into the software configuration and more details about my Docker containers, VPN, VM, cloud...

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VMware Security Patches Released

​Hot off the press are a few security patches for a variety of VMware products. Advisories include the products ESXi, Workstation, Fusion, and vCloud Director. As always with security updates, read the release notes, assess your risk, deploy the patches in a lab, test, then gently roll out to production. The first advisory, VMSA-2019-0005, has a 'critical' severity rating and affects ESXi, Workstation and Fusion. Thankfully the vulnerability ​is limited to those VMs with a virtual...

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Nutanix Files 3.5 is now GA

Previously known as AFS (Acropolis File Services), Nutanix Files v3.5 is now GA. For those of you unfamilar with Files, here's a short description:Nutanix Files (formerly known as AFS) is a software-defined scale-out file server. Nutanix Files can be used as the repository for unstructured data like home directories, user profiles, departmental shares, and application logs. It can be deployed on AHV and vSphere clusters and offers many enterprise features such as easy deployment and...

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Nutanix Move 3.0 (formerly Xtract for VMs) now GA

Hot off the press is Nutanix Move 3.0. Now you might be asking what is Nutanix Move 3.0? Move 3.0 is the next major release of the product formerly called Xtract for VMs. Xtract for VMs was a free Nutanix product that enables super easy migration of VMs to the Nutanix AHV hypervisor. While there are a variety of ways to move VMs into AHV, Move is one of the best tools out there. Did...

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Windows Storage Spaces with Nutanix

Nutanix is a great platform for running a range of workloads from small, medium, to large. As disk capacity requirements increase, it can be beneficial to back large data disks (e.g. 1TB+) with multiple smaller virtual disks (vDisks). Although not set in stone, using 4-6 virtual disks instead of one huge disk can significantly boost disk performance with these large data sets. Typically we see this most applicable to database-type workloads, where there is a...

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Nutanix Prism Central RBAC

In a very high percentage of enterprise environments you need to securely delegate access to various applications and infrastructure components. Unless you work in a mom and pop IT shop, you should follow the security principle of 'least privilege' with RBAC (Role based access controls). This means a person with elevated access should only have the permissions to do their normal day-to-day job, and no more. Yes, that means don't dole out Domain Admins rights...

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