Articles by Chase

Home Lab

Reverse Proxy with Nginx and Cloudflare

Why Reverse Proxy? Initially, my reason for setting up a reverse proxy with Nginx was to force SSL connections to my Plex Media Server and to eliminate the need to use a non-standard port.  The goal was to make it so all connections came through HTTPS protocols with a trusted SSL certificate.  To achieve this, I chose to set up…

Home Lab

The Stormcloud

I have finally repurposed my old gaming rig into a multi-purpose home server. It is housed in an old CM Storm Trooper computer case. It has been re-christened as the Stormcloud and set up as a virtual server host. The Hardware Most of the hardware remains unchanged from when this computer was a regular gaming/home PC. The graphics card was…

Home Lab

A Virtual Server

In the near future I will finally be retiring my old personal computer and replacing it with a wholly new machine. This presents a great opportunity to start on creating a small virtual server configuration. It’s not much, but it’ll be a perfect way to get into virtualization. The Plan My goal is to set up a basic virtual server…

News

Graduated from College

I’ve finally done it.  I have graduated from college with a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology (Systems Administration) with a minor in Management Information Systems.   Even though I’ve graduated, I fully intend to continue learning and improving upon my skills and experience.  In a field which changes so rapidly, it would be a critical error to choose not to keep…

Senior Project

Project Complete, Reflections

As the semester comes to its conclusion, so does our project.  We chose to build an Active Directory domain because it is an industry standard in the field of systems administration. During the last few months, we have learned a lot about the creation and management of a domain.  Challenges were presented in the form of limited resources or systems not…

Senior Project

Documentation & Presentation

The technical aspects of the project are now pretty much complete.  We have a functional domain that meets all of the testing requirements.  It is essentially ready for deployment.  This week we built and completed the documentation for the domain – the idea is that this documentation would be used by IT personnel to get a basic understanding of the…

Senior Project

Powershell Integration and Testing

This week was quite productive.  We downloaded the Powershell scripts I wrote for work so we could begin implementing some test-cases using both Powershell and the MMC console.  The first problems we ran into were ExecutionPolicy issues – we resolved these by modifying the default execution policy for the IT\ElevatedPrivs OU and running Powershell as an administrator.  We had to use net…

General

Security, Privacy, and Convenience in a Connected World

This research paper evaluates the balance of security, privacy, and convenience in today’s connected world.   It is 15 pages long with over 5,000 words.  Here’s an excerpt from the introduction: The year is 2016 and technology is infused into our daily lives.  Technological devices sit in our pockets that have more computing power than the NASA computers which landed…

News

Hello world!

Every professional tech geek needs a proper online presence.  I felt that it was only natural I go ahead and set up a website for myself.  As a person who is passionate about technology, I couldn’t resist the idea of learning more about how to manage a website using FTP, cPanel, the Linux file system, and dinking around with some…

Senior Project

Sprint 1 Complete

Today marks the official conclusion of Spring 1 and the mid-point for the project.  We’ve accomplished a number of things during the first half of the project: Set up virtual machines on a VMWare server Due to resource limitations, we couldn’t obtain a 3rd client machine Create and configure Active Directory Create and configure file shares Set up users and…