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dctrud@sdf.org :: Self Hosting

This website and other things I want to share publicly are hosted on the SDF MetaArray and other SDF services, but I self-host other private services that I use regularly at home and on a couple of small NetBSD VPS servers. I try to avoid using commercial cloud services as much as possible for my personal data, and it's also a bit of fun to deal with various hardware and 'old fashioned' sysadmin after working with container systems all week.

My goals are to:

I've setup a little home lab 'rack' on a $14.99 wire shelving unit from Lowes. This is self-contained apart from a single plug for power, so it can be moved around the house easily if the guest room (my usual work-from-home office) is needed.


The systems here are:

All the machines are connected to a TP-Link AC router, which has been flashed with a DD-WRT build to work as a wireless bridge and connect the systems to the internet outbound. They aren't open to the outside world inbound - I prefer to enable VPN access on my router only if I'll need to access things when away from home. As I work from home I'm usually just file syncing, or syncing git repos, between laptops and a workstation - so the peace of mind of having non-internet exposed systems doesn't get in the way often.

A handy 8 inch LCD monitor with HDMI and a keyboard make it easy to get a console or graphical desktop on any of the machines if needed. It'd be cheaper to have bought a used standard LCD monitor, but the small one means the rack is easier to move and will still fit under closet shelves if it needs to be hidden away. I backup each system weekly, using the excellent borg backup. Important personal stuff also ends up in encrypted form away from the house.

Out on the internet I have 2 small 1GB VPS servers at Vultr running NetBSD. These host a few things I want on the internet, which aren't on SDF:

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