• Using Grafana with PRTG

    I’ve been using PRTG at work for a long time now, and recently started using the free tier at home for my own projects. It works really well, but one of the things I found quite lacking was it’s ability to create dashboards. Sure, you have maps but there’s only...


  • Updating my video encoding server

    A while back I started a process to convert VHS tapes to digital videos and part of that involved transcoding the mpg files that were captured to slightly more reasonable h264 mp4 files. Mostly because I wanted to learn, I completely over-engineered the solution and instead of just using Handbrake,...


  • Making a home dashboard

    During my time off work I started on a project I’ve been wanting to do for a while now. I wanted to make a home dashboard that displayed, at least, our shared google calendar. If it could show other information as well, then so much the better. I was spurred...


  • Digitising VHS Tapes

    As I’m sure many people do, we have a huge stack of old VHS tapes and a VHS player that I really don’t want sat under my TV any more. On the other hand, I do have a Roku sitting there, and Plex Media Server set up on my LAN...


  • Raspberry Pi NAS With Gluster

    I was having a moan about my NAS (a Western Digital My Cloud) the other day and thought that I could build a better one using a Raspberry Pi. Now, using a Raspberry PI as a DIY NAS is nothing new. You only need to google for ‘Raspberry Pi NAS’...


  • My Home Network Has Got a Little Out of Hand

    I was sat my computer the other night and something occurred to me. My home network has got a little out of hand. I don’t mean that in the sense that is it untidy, or that there are cables trailing all around the house. Instead, just the sheer number of...


  • Hyper-V VM loses network connectivity

    I have an interesting problem at the moment where a selection of our VMs will stop passing network traffic. It doesn’t seem to be a flat out disconnect, rather it behaves more like the virtual switch is just dropping packets instead of forwarding them on like a good switch should....


  • Photo Challenge: Castle Howard at 35mm F1.8

    We took a trip this weekend to Castle Howard near York for their Christmas event. I decided it would be a good opportunity to use my 35mm prime lens that has be been buried in my bag for the better part of a year! I thought I’d set myself the...


  • Unable to edit boot images after upgrade to SCCM R2 SP1

    After upgrading to SP1 for SCCM 2012 R2 I found I could no longer edit my boot images. Turns out that during the upgrade I removed ADK8.1 and replaced it with ADK10 and you cannot edit older boot images with the newer ADK. Go figure. In my case I chose...


  • Puppet test environment with Vagrant

    I wrote a post a little while ago about my Puppet development workflow where I talked about using source control for your manifests and a CI server (Jenkins in that case) to automatically check your code and deploy it to your puppet master. Since then, I’ve done some more work...