Bastion Prime: A Containerized Jump Host for the modern era

Today I’m releasing a new project I’ve been working on to help bolster our adoption of more secure connectivity of cloud resources from remote locations. Bastion Prime is a containerized jump host meant to run anywhere (i.e. Kubernetes) as a more secure and ephemeral point of accessibility for bouncing through to internal systems. While a lot of people have successfully utilized things like OpenVPN or Pritunl (which just orchestrates OpenVPN), it can be much easier to deploy a simple container with an already populated authorized_keys file.

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New Container: Engage

Working in Kubernetes most of the time, I find myself doing tons of reconnaissance around the environment I’m in. This can involve understanding the networking structure, environment variables, or other aspects of a deployed container in a distributed architecture. Additionally, testing edge functionality and communication (i.e. http headers) is especially important to ensuring everything works as expected. With this in mind, I finally started down the path of creating my own “playground” container.

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Cloud Native Ambassadorship

In April, I became a CNCF Ambassador! For those who aren’t aware, the Cloud Native Computing Foundation is an open source body enabling communities around dedicated projects focused on container and microservice based architectures. With all of the exciting movement around projects like Kubernetes, Prometheus, and Envoy, its nice to have a vendor-neutral foundation backing the continued growth and stability of promising new open source projects. Through things like webinars, conferences, certifications, meetups, and other vessels are being bolstered by the CNCF to further people’s understanding and involvement with CNCF backed projects.

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Planned Spontaneity

Remember how I said I’m back? That also includes a new gig leading DevOps efforts at StockX, a new e-commerce platform changing the way people interact with secondary markets. StockX aims to provide a brand new buying and selling experience for the exact same secondary markets served by the likes of Ebay…with two core differences: Verification of products and a live bid/ask (stock) market for all items. This system is applied to high demand products usually with small supply i.

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Offline Congregation

As I’ve grown, I’ve increasingly realized the importance of making strong, solid connections with people. My extroversion has paid off many times already, and will even more in the future. It has constantly been a joy to interact with and be involved in tech-focused Meetups and Conferences around southern Michigan. Early last year, I founded Orchestructure, an Ann Arbor meetup group focused on DevOps and Infrastructure topics (the Orchestration of Infrastructure).

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Snaps and Devices

For a linux desktop, I’ve emigrated from Linux Mint over to the latest Ubuntu release in my “I’d like everything to work” kick. The older I get, the more I find myself growing in sharp disdain with flakey compatibility or busted scripts making a modern linux desktop more of a chore than I’d like it to be. In this realm, I have to tip my hat to Ubuntu for continuing to be as quick and easy as possible.

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Enter Stage Right

It’s back. Me. This website. My drive to write. The continued existence of my technological journey through a wide spectrum of challenging endeavours. It’s back and better than ever. Moving forward, a few things will be different. First off, this is no longer my personal outlet for internal thoughts and happenings: instead, you’ll be able to find those elsewhere (more later). Second, future posts will touch on everything from Python semantics, CI/CD, microservices, hacky one-liners, and every real approach to challenges many will encounter through their career in computing (as I have).

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Changing UUID's on LUKS Encrypted Partitions

I recently obtained a disk dock and cloning unit (StarTech.com) for working with some of my internal drives (I have too many). This unit does a bit-by-bit clone of one disk to another, which is really useful! The problem with this is that each disk now looks exactly the same to your Operating System, meaning there is no way to mount them both at the same time! Furthermore, I decided to create a LUKS encrypted drive protecting an ext4 partition.

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We've Only Just Begun

I just wanted to give a quick update on what my company, Arroyo Networks, is up to! Arroyo is moving forward with a brand new product in a brand new market with a brand new purpose. Over the next few months, we plan to offer a private beta of our prototype with an open beta shortly after that. Be sure to look for more announcements, a brand new website, and much more in the coming weeks!

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Part Deux: The Fine Tuning

This is a continuation of my original article on our New Dell XPS 15’s. This article will cover my “moving in” experience getting used to Gnome 3, and tuning Arch just the way I like it ;) That cool dude over at geeketeer.net has also written about his experiences and mods! Bootloader fun! Most people don’t know but GRUB has a multitude of theme customization options available. We use a set made around Arch Linux located here.

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