homelab management with labman
Recently I decided to try and throw together a one stop shop for managing frequently performed actions in my homelab. The goal was to enable me to faster create VMs, test software, rip them down, and rebuild. This is where I started with LabMan - HomeLab Manager.
It is very alpha. Very very alpha. It consists of 2 components: a Rails application that handles background jobs and the web UI, and an agent written in Go that runs on the servers and checks them in while providing some general info such as installed packages.
At a glance features:
- Create new VMs
- Execute workflows against hosts
- Host monitoring
- Host firewall management
- DNS management
- Network device configuration
- Network visualization
- Service monitoring
Shows hosts in the lab, a glimpse of their health, IP, and when the labman agent last checked in (WIP).
Single Host View - Dashboard⌗
This view allows you to see a dashboard with some metrics about a given host (CPU, RAM, Network, etc)
Single Host View - Workflow⌗
Shows information about workflows that have run against this host (more on that later).
Single Host View - Firewall⌗
Allows you to visually manipulate firewall rules which apply to this host.
Single Host View - Alarms⌗
Shows alarms running against this host, their current status, and exit codes from alarm runs (0=ok, 1=warning, 2=critical)
Alarm notifications are sent through slack.
Single Host View - Console⌗
Access a VMware Console view to interact with VMs having network issues, etc. HTML5
Single Host View - Configuration⌗
Enable/disable alarms, set SSH access information, and even reprovision or deprovision the VM.
Create a new VM⌗
Wizard walks through VM creation and kicks off a provisioning workflow (more info later).
Show dashboard of network devices
Network Devices - Interfaces⌗
Show interfaces, connections, and even update the configuration of an interface (Cisco devices supported right now)
Network Devices - Visualization⌗
Show connections between physical devices
Show subnets in parent-child view, VLANs, and utilization
IPAM - Subnet View⌗
Show subnet details, utilization, hosts, DHCP scopes, etc. Subnets are automatically swept to detect new hosts. IP, Host, DNS, and Network Device objects are displayed to associated IPs.
DNS - Server View⌗
Show all zones on a DNS server
DNS - Zone View⌗
Show records for a DNS zone, create new records, delete stale records.
List services and their availability
Services - Parent Service with Children⌗
Show a service, and subservices, with their health status
Shows workflows that have been created, as well as lists workflows that have been run. This includes host provisioning.
Workflows - Create Workflow⌗
Create a workflow by defining steps to perform against a host.
Workflow - Run Example⌗
Install Consul workflow run example
Workflow - Provision Host⌗
Example host provisioning workflow run. Creates DHCP entry, DNS record, PXE boots, configures, validates connectivity.
Workflow - Deprovision Host⌗
Destroys VM, removes DHCP static record, removes DNS record.
Shows all alarms and their current state. Alarm notifications are sent through slack.
Alarms - Single alarm view⌗
Shows a single alarm, current state, and history