This blog is selfhosted from my own server. Currently, I utilize UnRaid for my Operating System. It's an easy-to-use DIY NAS operating system with virtualization support, allowing for the installation of Docker Containers and Virtual Machines. Unraid specifically utilizes a 'Parity Drive' system to allow for disk failure protection. Instead of dedicating a large amount of hard drives to a RAID array, you can use One drive to maintain a stream of data that will emulate any missing or dead drive until it is replaced.
CPU: Intel® Core™ i9-10850K CPU @ 3.60GHz
Motherboard: MSI Z590-A PRO
Storage Space: 78TB usable space with Dual 14TB Parity Drives
Case: Fractal Define 7 XL
The "Grafana Stack" I use runs the amazing Ultimate Unraid Dashboard put together on the unraid forums by falconexe. I put together a guide to setting it up with DockerCompose on Unraid: https://github.com/HStep20/Ultimate-Unraid-Dashboard-Guide
- Chronograf - A database explorer for InfluxDB. This isn't in the UUD normally, but I added it to my compose as I needed to look at the DB occasionally.
- InfluxDB - A time series database built for a large volume of stats with a low footprint
- telegraf-UUD - A service to store system statistics and write them to Influx
- Unraid-API - A tool to pull information from the unraid system and push it to Influx. Things like current docker containers up/down, vms up/down, mover state, and more
- Varken - A data aggregation tool that pulls data from plex and tautulli and pipes it into Influx for more stats
- Grafana - The big daddy of dashboard. Currently configured to run the Ultimate Unraid Dashboard
- NGinxProxyManager -Reverse proxy for dummies. Super easy setup with the click of a few buttons
- Uptime Kuma - A self hosted 'UptimeRobot' to monitor running services
- Authelia - A Single-Sign-On application to centralize logins for different services
- Homer - A dashboard with flexible configuration. This dashboard hosts all my public services behind Authelia for friends with accounts to access
- Crowdsec - A 'modern' Fail2Ban-esque utility which crowdsources malicious IPs to ban
- AdGuard Home - A selfhosted DNS server which can block reqests based on rules and blocklists. Great for blocking ads at a network level.
- GoAccess - Reads Reverse-Proxy logs and visualizes the data to see information about any request that comes through the domain
- DuckDNS - Updates dynamic dns when it changes at the ISP level
- Speedtest-Tracker - Tests Up/Down speed, and logs it with some nice graphs
- Kopia - A 'snapshot based' backup system, which backups up all of my data to BackblazeB2
- Cronicle - A GUI based Cron job manager
- Adminer - A GUI interface to look inside of and edit databases. Great for troubleshooting
- Dozzle - One centralized app that displays logs from every docker container on your system.
- DiskSpeed - A tool to benchmark and graph the speed of your current HDDs
- Czkawka - A File Deduplication tool
- ApacheGuacamole - Dark Magic born from eldritch gods and sacrificed goats. (Or just a tool that lets you access vm's/machines over the internet from any web browser. Seriously, I love this thing)
- Krusader - A gui friendly file manager
- LuckyBackup - A nice GUI frontend for RSYNC
- Organizr - The best 'dashboard' I've ever used. It gives one centralized web page to access all of your apps using i-frames.
- Scrutiny -Automatic SMART testing and tracking for all your hard drives
- QDirStat - A fun visual of what is taking up the most storage space. Also great for when an app goes rogue, starts to fill up a directory, and needs to be located (true story)
- Watchtower - Automatically updates containers
- Netdata - A 'Live Status' tracker for system information like Ram, CPU, Network, Disk usage and more.
- Sonaar - A tool for managing and automating TV Shows
- Radarr - A tool for managing and automating Movies
- Lidarr - A tool for managing and automating Music
- Readarr - A tool for managing and automating Books/Audiobooks
- Bazarr - A tool for managing and automating Subtitles
- Prowlarr - A tool for centralizing indexers for the other -arr applications
- qBittorrent - A torrent download client for the -arr applications
- SABNZDB - A newsgroup download client for the -arr applications
- TubeSync - A tool for managing automated youtube downloading
- Audiobookshelf - The Best Audiobook/Podcast server in the selfhosted space. My current favorite application.
- Plex - A Media Server to serve media out to users.
- Jellyfin - A backup for when Plex is acting up
- Calibre-Web - I have two instances up: One for Fiction, One for Non-Fiction (PS. Someone smarter than me make a book requesting app, Thanks you)
- Kavita - A web reader for any type of 'book' file. I use it to read Comics, Fiction, Nonfiction, RPG Books, and more.
- Plex-Meta-Manager - A hosted python script that lets you manage plex metadata/collections through YAML configurations. Need to nuke plex? Now you don't lose all your metadata along with it.
- Tautulli - Stats and Information from plex
- Overseerr - A plex request system. Originally used Petio, but the lack of updates moved me from it.
- ErsatzTV - Lets you Emulate custom TV Channels of your own content, and connect it to plex/emby/jellyfin. The dev is amazing, and built out a lot of the Intel QuickSync functionality when I needed help with it.
- Unmanic - A set it and forget it hardware transcoder. I use it just to remux mp4 into mkv on the host system that doesn't have a graphics card. I even wrote a plugin which makes it ignore 'Hardlinked' files
- PlexAniSync - Syncs Plex Anime watched info with AniList.
- PlexTraktSync - Syncs All Plex libraries with Trakt.tv - No premium account required
- PASTA - Plex Audio & Subtitle Track Changer: Lets you set priority subtitles or audio tracks for all your plex media
- Piwigo - My Favorite photo gallery. It is very granular and can be customized to be just what you want. I have it set up to read lightroom tags, and build smart albums around tags, such as "5 star" & "Winter" & "Snow" to see all of my photos that fit that winter vibe.
- PhotoPrism - A 'google photos' replacement, but I use it to organize photos with it's import feature. The UI is pretty ugly, so I point Photoview at my photos that PhotoPrism Organizes
- Photoview - A User-Friendly Google Photos replacement that I use to view photos organized by PhotoPrism
Documents and Notes
- Actual - A Selfhosted 'Envelope Budgeting' application, much like YNAB
- Tandoor - A Recipe application, much like Mealie. Currently testing out for replacement.
- Ghost - A personal blogging platform like Wordpress, but much 'Leaner'
- OwnCloud - A Google Drive replacement
- Snippet-Box - A 'sticky note' app for code snippets - I keep a lot of one-liners for minecraft and server admin
- AMP - A centralized game server management panel for a ton of games. Closed Source and a One Time Fee of like $8, but totally worth it. Pterodactyl Panel is an open source alternative, for those against Closed Source Self Hosting
- FountryVTT - Closed Source Virtual TableTop for RPG gaming. This is where I'd host my games online, if I had friends for it.
- Vintage Story - A server for the game VintageStory. Its a hardcore voxel survival with lovecraftian influences.
- Red-Discordbot - A modular selfhosted discord bot with RhythmBot capabilities and a massive community of 'cogs' you can add on to it as you desire.
- Vikunja - A selfhosted to-do app to keep productive and keep tasks in order for projects.
- Paperless-NGX - A community supported version of Paperless for scanning, indexing, and archiving all of your physical documents
- dcss-webtiles - A selfhosted version of Dungeon Crawl Stone Soup so I can play on my server from wherever I am
- TubeArchivist - A selfhosted youtube frontend and downloader all in one. I ended up not liking the lack of features in regards to playback (like shuffling videos), so I switched back to Tubesync and Jellyfin + Youtube Metadata Plugin for playback.
- Komga - A comic/PDF reader server. I moved on to Kavita since it supported ebook files as well as visual book files
- Homechart - A centralized 'life tool' that includes Budget Management, A Calendar, A recipe book, Inventory, Project planning, and more. It felt too 'in it's infancy', pushed its purchased subscription option, and was essentially a collection of less mature tools I already use. On top of that, they now charge a monthly fee for you to run it on your own hardware.
- Tdarr - A distributed Transcoding system for media. I found my videos came out too lossy, and I preferred the Original Source quality more in my 'home theater' setup.
- Portfolio-Performance - It was a desktop app running in a container, so I was always on the lookout for a new solution. The recent emergence of 'Ghostfolio' finally provided an out to do that through
- Mealie - I ended up moving to Tandoor since it had a more robust feature set, but I still keep Mealie around. I had some comments of when I made dishes that don't import into Mealie (yet), but a 'fuller' import load is being worked on for Tandoor
- Cloudberry Backup - A GUI Backup tool for those too intimidated by commandline for cloud storage backups. Has a yearly cost associated, on top of a HIDDEN 5TB limit. Once you back up 5tb of data across any number of sources (I had 3 backup sources, for 2tb of data), then it will just fail your jobs every time. Absolute bullshit for a paid product
- Firefly III - Firefly is more of a 'Descriptive' budgeting app, whereas Actual (the one I use now), is more 'Prescriptive'. I found that the Prescriptive style of budgeting worked better for me
- Home Assistant - A versatile home automation tool. I started off using a container for it, but moved to a vm once I started running into some of the limitations of running it in Docker.
- Windows 10 Productivity - I set this up to run Scrivener (a writing application) as a 'Cloud App', since they only offer desktop software. It lets me access my writing from anywhere with a VPN
- Windows 10 Gaming - I have an Nvidia Shield connected to my TV for Plex and Steam Streaming. Unfortunately my partners gaming interest meant I needed to build a gaming vm for them to use, or completely forgo using my computer while they wanted to game - Obviously, there was only one right answer.
It's currently set to utilize 4 cores, 8gb ram, and a passed-through EVGA 1080
- Ubuntu - A replacement for Code-Server. I couldn't access the code server properly behind a reverse proxy, so instead I just started using a VM for development.
- Kali Linux - A penetration testing focused distro which contains a vast array of tools and utilities for cyber security focused tasks.