Author name: Sam Gabrail

Sam’s passion is to educate organizations and teams on the latest technology trends. In his practice, he helps clients understand how various technologies can add value to their businesses and help them compete. He has over 15 years of experience in various Information Technology fields from Telecommunications, Computer Networks, DevOps, Cybersecurity, and IoT. Sam started his career working for Rogers Communications which is one of Canada’s leading telecommunications service providers. In his role, he rotated within four pillars of the organization: Technology, Network Operations, Network Implementation, and Network and Capacity Planning. His time at Rogers helped him develop technical expertise, business acumen, and organizational awareness. It was a great opportunity that would later prove to be essential in understanding how people, tools, and processes work in a successful large enterprise. He later joined multiple US start-up vendors as a Pre-Sales Engineer to help them introduce their technology solutions to large enterprises in Canada. These vendors include ExtraHop Networks, Docker, Sysdig, and HashiCorp. He successfully expanded these vendors’ business presence into the Canadian marketplace. As a part of his role, he delivered demos, presentations, and talks to technical and C-suite audiences showing them the value of these solutions to their business. Sam is currently the President of TeKanAid Solutions Inc. building content in the DevOps space. The goal is to help practitioners upskill in DevOps principles and cloud-native technologies. This would in turn allow these practitioners to help their organizations that going through digital transformation and the modernization of their IT applications. Sam holds a Master of Applied Science degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering focusing on Communication Networks from the University of Waterloo in Ontario Canada. Prior to that, he had received his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering focusing on Electronics and Telecommunications from Ain Shams University in Cairo Egypt. Sam also has multiple certifications in the IT industry.

Create a Pihole Docker Ad Blocker with Ansible and Terraform

Are you sick and tired of getting bombarded with so many ads while browsing the Internet? Would you like to get rid of these annoying ads that distract you from doing real work? Check out Pihole Docker which is an easy-to-use ad blocker that you can run in your home network or in your office. As an added bonus we use the concepts of Infrastructure as Code with Ansible and Terraform to deploy Pihole Docker in a vSphere environment. All the source code is stored in GitLab.

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Terraform vSphere Windows Example to Join an AD Domain

Stop using outdated methods to create Windows virtual machines in vSphere. Instead, consider using Infrastructure as Code with Terraform to automate the process. In this blog post, you will learn how to do this and also how to join the Windows virtual machine to an active directory domain.

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