Hey, Rafael!

Hey, Rafael!

Crazy ideas on cloud infrastructure, provisioning, scaling platforms and beyond. Often wrong.


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howto networking unifi

UniFi security gateways, cloud controllers and VLAN-tagged WANs, oh my!

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If you choose to install it outside of your local network, you'll find that it makes adopting devices a little trickier (at least for the initial connection) because you can't make use of Layer 2 adopting (what I like to call "magical wavey adoption funtimes").…

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howto git gpg

Signing Git commits with GPG using Keybase

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GitHub recently announced support for signing commits using a GPG key. This provides an extra layer of security when verifying changes made to a repository come from valid users. Setting up GPG is super easy with Keybase, so I won't repeat the instructions her…

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howto chef capistrano

Supercharging Capistrano with Chef

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After a few months using Chef, the need to run commands on many nodes at once appeared. While Chef itself has a knife ssh option, it does not provide an interactive way of running commands on a group of nodes and then getting an immediate response. And if you…

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howto chef sensu aws

De-registering an instance from Chef and Sensu on termination in EC2

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There are many posts on the Internet about Amazon Web Service's (AWS) AutoScaling, just as many posts about Chef and, as you'd expect, there is a fair selection of posts about using Chef to bootstrap new instances in AutoScaling. What seems to be lacking from…

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nas howto

Rebuilding the NAS, Interlude

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Before we dig into part II of the NAS rebuild, I'd like to entertain you with a tale of how I accidentally destroyed my newly-rebuilt NAS, and how I proceeded to recover it completely. First, some background After the FreeBSD rebuild, I decided to expand the N…

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nas howto

Rebuilding the NAS, Part I

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If you follow this blog (it's ok if you don't), you may be aware that a couple of years back I decided to build my own NAS. I won't go into the details of what drove me to build it myself (you can read more about it here), but I will tell you what motivated me…