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VMHomeLab 1 Year Anniversary!

Ok, so I’m a little late with this posting. I lost track of when my first post was. Turns out 20 December, 2020 was the first-ever posting on my blog! Time really flies and I thought I would take a minute and reflect on what I’ve learned and what’s changed over the past year. THANK YOU for taking the time to follow my #HomeLab blog.

This has been a new experience for me. As your typically introvert, I’m not one who likes to be in the limelight. I’m usually very content with staying in the background and watching others. This blog has given me an opportunity to try and step up and share with you the things I find interesting. There are a lot of great blogs out there that have guided me over the years. I wanted to try and provide something to the next me.

When I started this blog, I really wanted to try and focus on VMware technology since that was an area I wanted to try and garner a “rep”. I have always enjoyed the VMware Horizon solution and I wanted to write about my experiences experimenting with different aspects. What I came to discover was that in order to do something I want, I had to explore different things to get it set up first. And because I had to do it a couple times, I had to learn about automating the process–over and over again… Well, if I had to do those things, I might as well write about it! As a result of some of the new areas I delved into, I managed to earn a new certification along the way:

This past year brought several new categories to the blog (NSX-T, Kubernetes, Ansible, PowerCLI, and Security to name a few). Each of these categories allowed me to share different interests with you. It has been a challenge to stay focused on a topic, especially when I run into major roadblocks. For those waiting on the final steps for the SAML Authentication series, it will happen this year…I promise!

This year also brought many changes to the physical setup I’m running. I added a SuperMicro SYS-5019P-MT to the mix. I’ve also added a Raspberry Pi to host my telephone service (it’s a draft post now). I have added a couple more patch panels to try and clean up the cabling. And I’m transitioning off of the Ubiquity UDM Pro as my primary firewall/gateway. As an interim fix, I’m in the middle of moving to an Ubiquity EdgeRouter as my main gateway device. I’ll be transitioning to a new device in a couple months once the supply chain shortages catch up. I’ll write a post about that in the next couple weeks explaining why I’m going this route.

Probably the most frustrating part of this blog for me personally has been my lack of diligence keeping up with it. As someone who has taught courses on the new interconnected world we live in, I know the importance of “Content is King” and keeping it fresh. My goal when I started was to write one post a week. As of this post, I have published 28 articles–just over half of where I wanted to be at this time. I’ve never been one for New Year’s Resolutions, but this is one I’m going to set again this year: at least 1 post a week, or 52 posts this year. I’m looking to you to help keep me up on this. Hit me up on Twitter if you don’t see something in a while and ask for a topic. I’m always open to ideas on topics to write about.

So that’s it for this one. It’s been a good year. I’ve learned a lot and I know this next year will bring a lot more learning to the table. I wish you and your family the very best this year. And good luck with your own r/HomeLab experience!

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