How to Create a Foreman Node with Ansible Tower

Was working on a quick project, and hit a series of issues. The result of it is a Ansible playbook that will spin up a Foreman Node with Ansible on Centos8 Stream, with the correct firewalld ports enabled. In theory this should work on any dnf/yum package managed node. The playbook is available at my …

How to install pywinrm on a Centos Stream Machine

I was working on a quick task in Tower (AWX) and was receiving a connection error to an AD joined host. It dawned on me that I had yet to install the required python module pywinrm. It used to be easy on RHEL8 and CentOS 8 before stream. Now it seems that the RUST language …

How to Install a Free Version of Ansible Tower (Ansible AWX) with a Playbook

Having worked a fair amount in my day job with Ansible and Ansible Tower, I was delighted to find out that there was a free version of Ansible Tower called Ansible AWX. Unfortunately, I discovered that documentation on using the product was either severely lacking, or incompatible with current version. Luckily I was able to …

How to Configure a GPU for passthru and VCenter 7

Install the required graphics card(s) into your server, and power on the ESXi host. Go to VCenter and find the ESXi host the card was installed in. Click on Configure -> PCI Devices and Configure Passthrough Select the GPUs and Audio Controller. The Audio Controller is not necessary, but I tend to use it anyway. …

How to run Windows Updates with Ansible

Since Ansible only runs on Linux Machines, you'll need to have access to a Linux Machine or the ability to build one. I have spun up a Photon OS 3.0 VM, so this instructions will be tailored to that. First install ansible tdnf install ansible Next Install Pip tdnf install python3-pip Then install pywinrm so …

How to update a F@H Client on Photon OS or similar installation

Verify your OS Distribution with below or similar. cat /etc/lsb-release For me running Photon OS, I see the below output. DISTRIB_ID="VMware Photon OS" DISTRIB_RELEASE="4.0" DISTRIB_CODENAME=Photon DISTRIB_DESCRIPTION="VMware Photon OS 4.0" Run tdnf update Query for the F@H Binaries we have installed rpm -qa | grep fah We see we have the following installed First backup your …

Memory Exhaustion Errors in vGhetto F@H Appliance

Noticed an oddity in the F@H Appliance that William Lam aka vGhetto of VMware fame. After deploying a couple of his appliances without issue on vCenter 7, I started noticing behavior where the appliance would happily fold, and then crash and restart. Even after reinstalling the appliance I encountered the same behavoir. I logged into …

Speedtest Driven Grafana Install on a Raspberry Pi

Recently been diving into Grafana and InfluxDB at work and playing around a bit at home. Started looking into doing a Speed Test Page in order to see how my Network Speeds are during the day. Stumbled upon a tutorial here. I tried it on a Raspberry Pi 3B, but due to its limited Network …

How to Install Folding at Home on a Raspberry Pi 4

Install Raspberry OS on the device. I've chosen to use the Raspberry Pi Imager and install Raspberry PI OS 64bit, as the 64bit variant is required for the FAH installer. Be sure to enable headless SSH from this link. I've chosen to power my PIs with POE using a POE Hat like this. It's simply …

How to Configure Synology iSCSi for VM Homelab

Login to your Synology and launch iSCSI Manager Select Target and click Create Name your Target and Select Next Click Next to create a new LUN Name your LUN and select the size Click Apply and wait for the LUN to setup Login to your Vcenter, select a ESXi Server and click on Configure and …

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