Remote System Administration using the TinyPilot Voyager

Remote System Administration using the TinyPilot Voyager

Remote access to your system's motherboard settings or remotely install an OS...tell me more!

Remote administration tools such as Remote Desktop, VNC, etc. are great for controlling systems without needing to be physically present. There is only one big problem: all of these tools require a functional operating system to be present in order to function. You may think, ‘Yes, of course you need to have the operating system installed first.' While it is usually simple enough to administrate your system(s) while you are at home, what if you encounter issues that are not easily resolved when you are away from home?
How to Mirror a Local GitLab Repository to a Remote GitLab Repository

How to Mirror a Local GitLab Repository to a Remote GitLab Repository

Would you like to have your local GitLab repository be mirrored to a remote repository such as one hosted on GitLab.com?

I have long considered self-hosting my own Git server to use for personal projects, but I never took the time to do so. Now that I have Proxmox and have come to love being able to run containers/virtual machines for everything, I thought it was time to set up a local GitLab installation. My main GitLab repository which I use to host this site is on GitLab.com. Ideally, I would like to push all my updates to the local GitLab server and in turn have the updates be migrated to the remote repository on GitLab.
How to Configure WAN and NAT Port Forward Rules in OPNsense

How to Configure WAN and NAT Port Forward Rules in OPNsense

Confused when you should use a WAN rule instead of a NAT port forward rule?

Understanding how to forward ports and create firewall rules for the WAN interface of your router is important if you wish to access services hosted on your router or a server in your internal network. Knowing when to use a WAN rule versus a NAT Port Forward rule may be confusing to new users. WAN vs. NAT Port Forward Rule: Which one to use? Generally speaking, WAN rules should be used for any service running directly on your router and NAT port forward rules for any service host on a server in your internal network (either virtualized or physical).
How to Run OPNsense in a Proxmox Virtual Machine for Evaluation Purposes

How to Run OPNsense in a Proxmox Virtual Machine for Evaluation Purposes

Virtualize OPNsense as your primary router or for evaluation purposes

Have you wanted to take a look at OPNsense without installing it to a dedicated machine and/or deploying it as your primary home router/firewall? The easiest way to evaluate OPNsense without installing it on separate hardware is to virtualize it. I wrote about running OPNsense in VirtualBox. Now that I run Proxmox on my server instead of Ubuntu (I still use Ubuntu for many of my LXCs/VMs on Proxmox), I wanted to run OPNsense on Proxmox so I may use when writing content for this site.
A Feature Comparison of the OPNsense Plugin Sensei by Sunny Valley Networks

A Feature Comparison of the OPNsense Plugin Sensei by Sunny Valley Networks

What is Sensei and what is the difference between the Free Edition and Home Edition?

Sunny Valley Networks is a company that has partnered with Deciso, the creators of OPNsense, to create a plugin called Sensei which adds deep packet inspection and more to OPNsense. These features add greater visibility into your network. Sensei also has built-in cloud threat intelligence that can be used to block web/application traffic and to prevent known malware attacks. For users who wish to have a low cost option yet have advanced network monitoring and protection, OPNsense with Sensei is a great option to consider.