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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…

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

SCCM Followup & Server Hardening

This week we continued our break from GPOs by following up on the research into SCCM.  We’ve decided to postpone implementation of SCCM for the time being.  During our research we watched a few videos on the implementation of SCCM and found some trial versions available from Microsoft for the 2016 version. While implementation doesn’t appear to be prohibitively difficult,…

Senior Project

Planning and Configuration

The second week is coming to a close.  We have mostly fleshed out the organizational structure of the Nimbus Organization.  The Call Center and Headquarters have been set up with their respective departmental subOUs. Some specialized OUs such as the IT department subOU “ElevatedPrivs” were created in order to allow for more fine tuning of GPO accesses.  Speaking of GPOs,…

Senior Project

Setting Up the Environment

This week has been primarily about getting all of the VMs set up.  We have successfully created an Active Directory domain with the Windows Server configured as the primary domain controller.  The client machines were both added to the domain and their DNS settings pointed to the domain controller IP. Following the successful setup of AD – we decided on…