@cavaliertusky same with a Roku we have in our house. Probably 20% of all blocks in the house are from that device

It's taken a little while, but I've finished the first post in my new series on using SaltStack to deploy Consul and Prometheus's Node Exporter on Linux

Next one is going to be on Windows, with OpenBSD, FreeBSD, MacOS and illumos soon!


@cassidyjames can't say I agree with the original article but everyone had their views.

I've introduced the Megadrive/Genesis ones to my 5 year old son and he loves them as much as me. Sonic Mania is an immense amount of fun too.

Then again, I was always Sega over Nintendo in my youth, so nostalgia probably plays some part. Mario doesn't hold as much weight with me because of it!

So I've been hooking up Salt with a number of different OSs, including: -

* Linux (Debian, Alpine, OpenSUSE, CentOS and Arch)
* OpenBSD
* FreeBSD
* illumos (OmniOS)
* Windows (2019 Core, running OpenSSH!)

Salt deploys Consul and node_exporter (or wmi_exporter for Windows), and then Prometheus discovers them.

The beauty of this is any new machine, including derivatives/similar OSs (OpenIndiana, Ubuntu, Manjaro etc), would work with all of this too.

Blog post coming soon!

It's taken more than 3 weeks to write this one, but I've finally finished it!

Using Ansible with MikroTik RouterOS, configuring BGP, OSPF, firewall rules, SNMP and more. It will even remove old/invalid configuration too!


After spending the past couple of months working on Ansible with networking kit, making an OpenBSD machine do the same thing has been a breath of fresh air. There is definitely something to be said for config files and reloading services, compared to trying to run a boat load of commands and trying to account for vendor CLI quirks.

Another notch in my love for OpenBSD

@wxcafe was just going to mention Oxidized! Definitely a fan of it, especially compared to RANCID

I'm now officially a podcaster!

I was invited by the Admin Admin Podcast (adminadminpodcast.co.uk/) team a couple of episodes ago to be a guest, and really enjoyed the experience.

Somehow I was invited back, but this time permanently.

Listen to episode 82 here - adminadminpodcast.co.uk/ep082/

@nihl I know you've mentioned it already but Loki is lightweight compared to ELK. I've not done a massive amount with it, but I quite like what I've seen so far

@marek Ah that sounds interesting as well, looking forward to it

Here we go, the next post in my Ansible for Networking series. This time, I'm covering Arista Networks, using vEOS.

Some challenges, but overall a very good experience!


Caligula's Horse - The Tempest


First time hearing these today. Getting a similar feeling to when I heard the right Haken song (Initiate for those interested), which turned into a musical obsession.

Absolutely loving this.

This is gonna be a fun one to read. Already in the first couple of paragraphs I'm laughing

Nice one @mwlucas

With everything going on right now, it took me longer than I'd hoped to finish this one off.

Ansible for Networking, this time with Juniper's JunOS


@joseph cyberciti.biz/faq/linux-tcp-tu this should help - the wmem_max and rmem_max settings are the ones you want, as well as the one for tcp_window_scaling

Caveat that this may not solve the issue, but given the latency I would expect this is either a large contributor to the issue, or is the issue.

I'd not set these permanently (i.e. not putting them in /etc/sysctl.conf or /etc/sysctl.d) for now, until you know it doesn't cause other issues.

Worth a try though!

@joseph that's probably part of the issue. TCP over large latencies can't get enough packets across before it receives an "ACK" (and therefore won't send the next set of data) and buffers fill up. The sending OS then scales back the rate it sends at.

You can do things like increasing your TCP window size to counter this, and/or enabling TCP window scaling if it already isn't.

@joseph both ends may have great speeds, but latency may be a factor here. Which Vultr region and with Hetzner region are being used?

@Gina yes and no. My setup at home was already better than my work setup (in terms of my chair, desk and monitors). I also had my keyboard from work delivered to my house (not that there's a shortage in this house, I'm a bit of a fiend for keyboards!)

Before everything was shut, we got hold of our headsets, docking stations and anything else we needed.

Employees with no setup at home were loaned monitors and such, so I don't believe anyone has gone without a decent setup.

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