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On here, you will mostly find articles on running my home lab, in the hopes that others can benefit from my own trials and tribulations.
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Nomad to k8s, Part 10: Grafana

Wherein I migrate my Grafana instance over to k8s. This is part 11 of my k8s migration series. I already wrote about my love for metrics in the companion post about the Prometheus setup, so I will spare you my excitement about pretty graphs this time. 😉 For the Grafana setup, I used the kube-prometheus-stack’s integration of the Grafana Helm Chart. Database setup First step is to setup the database for Grafana....

April 6, 2024 · 11 min · Michael
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Bite Sized: Some K8s Logging Changes

While working on the logging setup for my Grafana, Loki and CloudNativePG deployments, I found that there were some things I disliked about my original k8s logging setup, which I described here. This is the start of a kind of post where I try to keep the reading time reasonably short. Whenever I prefix a post with “Bit Sized:”, you can expect a short one. I’m trying to wean myself off of the incredibly long, meandering posts I seem to keep putting out....

April 4, 2024 · 9 min · Michael
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Nomad to k8s, Part 8a: CloudNativePG Disk Size Problems

I recently started migrating my Grafana instance from Nomad to k8s and hit some very weird errors in the CloudNativePG DB after letting it run for a short while. This is an addendum to my previous post on CloudNativePG. The initial issue The first issue came during the first setup of Grafana. A couple of minutes after Grafana started running and writing data to the DB, the two database pods (primary and replica) suddenly stopped working and just threw this error:...

March 29, 2024 · 5 min · Michael
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Back to Gaming: Stellaris

Since I started with the Kubernetes Migration in my Homelab last December, It had gotten a tad bit monomaniacal, spending my free time only on the migration, and almost nothing else. So by beginning of March, I hadn’t even launched Steam in three months, let alone played anything. To remedy that, I went ahead and didn’t just chose any game. Oh no, I chose one of my all-time favorites: Stellaris. It is a game in one of my favorite genres, Grand Strategy or 4x, whichever you prefer....

March 24, 2024 · 11 min · Michael
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Nomad to k8s, Part 9: Prometheus

Wherein I set up Prometheus for metrics gathering in the k8s cluster. This is part 10 of my k8s migration series. Let me tell you something about me: I love metrics. And pretty charts. The more the better. Back in 2020, setting up Prometheus+Grafana was what brought me to Homelabbing as a hobby, instead of just a means to an end, running some services I wanted to use. I had just gotten an updated ISP connection and found my old FritzBox not working anymore....

March 15, 2024 · 18 min · Michael