Information Technology

Posts about Information Technology, Data Center, IT Governance, and more!

How to Write a Change Management Policy

Every IT department has had to deal with changes to applications, networks, and systems. Most mature IT departments have a well oiled change management process. I'm often surprised when I meet people from small...
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About my Synology RS2416+ and a review!

Since my home network tour a lot (and I do mean a lot) of you have asked for more details on certain parts of my home network. The most asked question is of course why I chose a Core i7 over a XEON. Followed ri...

Custom Observium Dashboards

If you've seen any of my videos, like the recent Tour of My Home Network then you've probably seen my custom Observium dashboard. I am asked multiple times per day how I was able to produce this custom dashboar...

What does 1U, 2U, 3U Mean? Rack Units Explained

If you've spent any time in data centers or around IT people, you've probably heard talk of something being a "2U server" or a "1U switch". In my most recent video I built a really cool 1U server. I was a littl...

How VMotion Works! (VMotion Explained)

You have to admit that VMWare created some really cool technology back in 2003 when they released VMotion.  So before we talk about how VMotion works, let's quickly cover what it actually is! I still routinely ...

Venting a Server Closet (The Right Way)

A lot of people these days are building homes or buying homes that have network or A/V closets in them. On many of the higher end homes, these builders will hire audio-visual companies to actually do the instal...

pfSense Rules not Working?

pfSense has to be the greatest thing to ever happen to the open source firewall movement. It's a one of those open source products that's truly a game changer. It runs on just about any hardware, whether it be ...

Installing a 19″ Network Rack (at home)

The story of installing a home network rack in our house is a great one, but first you need to know the backstory! When we built our new home a year ago (we started it in 2013) one of the things that was very i...

Is your Data Center Protected from Drones?

A drone flying over your data center is probably something you don't really think about or worry about.  Drones are literally flying everywhere all the time these days, and they are definitely flying over the t...