Previous parts: 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5. Everything for our security server is now marked as done. We got a one year reserved t2.medium Windows instance for $32/month, which was $2 under budget. Looking at S3 for file storage we got our bucket created, which included configuring file versioning. For mounting the S3 bucking on a local… Read Article →

Previous parts: 1, 2, 3 and 4. Today we got rid of our onsite security camera server! It was necessary to go to a t2.medium EC2 instance as the cameras server software consume too much CPU for anything smaller. QoS was implemented to limit the camera streams to 6 Mbps outbound bandwidth, and to set them as… Read Article →

Previous parts: 1, 2 and 3. As we are getting ready to setup our new infrastructure in AWS we should probably have some sort of plan in place with our different steps outlined. Today we will put that together, using Trello. I made a quick guide on Trello which can be found here. If you happen to… Read Article →

Previous parts: 1 and 2. Today we will look at the new network design as we move resources to AWS. Mainly we want to focus on the security camera system as it is the most complex. Any web hosting, for example this blog, will just move from a server onsite to a server in AWS,… Read Article →

Continuing on with our journey into AWS from part 1 we now need to look at some cost estimates. We start by getting a list of storage and compute instance offerings from AWS. Storage Type Size Monthly Cost S3 1 TB $23.55 S3 2 TB $47.10 S3-IA 1 TB $12.80 S3-IA 2 TB $25.60 EBS 100 GB… Read Article →

After completing my Cisco CCNA R&S certification along with Security+ to keep my older CompTIA certs from expiring I started looking at learning more about cloud infrastructure management and architecture, specifically AWS as they currently have the largest market share. As part of this I thought it would be interesting to figure out of I… Read Article →

Messing around with bootable USB sticks can sometimes leave the drive with partitions that Windows cannot seem to work with. Like this example, where we have a 43 MB flash drive: Disk Management shows that we definitively have more space, however the option to grow the partition is grayed out, and we cannot delete the… Read Article →

I needed an easy way to do mass DNS lookups a while back, and found a script online that I modified slightly to fit my needs. Posting it below for archiving purposes.

I started playing around with the Palo Alto API a while back, and found that you could more easily do certain things through the API, versus using the Palo Alto Panorama web interface. Similar to the Active Directory tool that I build a while back, then plan is to add multiple tabs to the GUI,… Read Article →

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