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Deluge -> InfluxDB

So ever since I got my remote seed box setup from seedboxes.cc I have been trying to figure out the best way to get Deluge stats to show up in my Grafana stack. I first tried a Deluge Exporter for Prometheus but it didn't seem to work as it required the...

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Homelab Things

Server Crash of 2021

Server Crash of 2021

Ended 2020 with a bang in my homelab. Well not an actual bang more like a sudden power cut on my main server. Before we dive into the details, (I am currently typing this while my new OS install is reapplying permissions to all my files). Let's get to...

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Deluge -> InfluxDB

So ever since I got my remote seed box setup from seedboxes.cc I have been trying to figure out the best way to get Deluge stats to show up in my Grafana stack. I first tried a Deluge Exporter for Prometheus but it didn't seem to work as it required the...

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Forcing devices to use Pi-Hole

So currently I have a few "smart home" devices and a few of them have hard coded DNS servers they use for DNS queries. Most notably my Google devices... So I went ahead and setup two NAT rewrite rules on my ER-Lite that forced all devices to go through...

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Projects

Introducing PlexWatchDog

Got Plex running on a Windows machine? Need a script to watch the process and make sure it stays running? Well.. Me too! So I created the PlexWatchDog script! It is 100% written in PowerShell and is completely self contained.. e.g. No modules needed...

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Reviews

Site Stuff

Welcome to the New Blog!

Alex's Guardian (the business) and Alex's Blog have now split and are separate websites now. This change was needed so that the business website could be cleaned up and made easier to find business information. Over the next coming weeks/months the blog...

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Site Upgrade

You might have noticed that portions of my site have been getting updated. I am currently playing around with the Divi theme from Elegant Themes. I have not yet decided on a theme so the website may change a few times before I settle. However, content...

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Status Update + Future Projects

If you are a recurring visitor or happen to just browse the site, you may have noticed the absence of current posts. Lets just say I have been a bit busy... I've got some fun projects I have been working on as well as some IRL stuff to handle. I will...

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Site Migration

You may have noticed that both my site Alex's Guardian and the Grafana - Experts Exchange wiki going down a lot recently. Here is why: TL/DR: Migrated both sites from my home hosted web server to a dedicated host. I logged into Cloudflare's dashboard the...

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Uncategorized

50% Packet loss? What?!

So if you are a frequent user of my website you may have recalled some issues with my site that started last week. Well here's the scoop on what happened. Last Wednesday [ 4/26/19 ] around 3AM I started getting reports of low bandwidth in my overview...

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Quick Grafana update

So now that I have my permanent Grafana setup running, I want to go through and update the guide with everything I have learned. This will hopefully be happening this weekend if I get time. The update will also include an updated docker-compose file as...

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HDD Failure Update

Ok so a few weeks ago I suffered a partial HDD failure. Basically the HDD hosting my 2 Docker VMs started producing a ton of bad sectors which caused partial corruption on my VMs. This in turn caused issues with containers that read persistent data...

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