Welcome to the Caffeinated Lifestyle! Stick around for ramblings on:

  • Life as a Continuing Education Instructor at Harper College
  • PowerShell Tips and walk-throughs
  • HomeLab additions and guides
  • Breaking into Blockchain technology from an operations perspective
  • Coffee!


Ark Sidechain — Azure Quickstart

Your own customizable Sidechain and Explorer in < 20 minutes A shout-out to Jarunik and his voter sponsorship program for this article! This deployment method can be used to jump-start your journey to your own BridgeChain in the process outlined here by Alex Barnsley. Pre-Requisites: Active Microsoft Azure account (Trial is OK) — and know how to connect to something via SSH (PuTTY for …


Dave Pinkawa

Continuing Education Instructor
Windows System Administrator

Ansible and PowerShell
Linux & Windows Server Focused

Certifications Held
MCSE: Cloud Platform and Infrastructure
CompTIA Security+
Network Security Expert 4 – FortiOS 5.4
Veeam Certified Engineer – VMCE v9


Here is where I will index the home-lab projects I undertake and share.

HomeLab –

  • Spec’ing out and build out of new home server
  • Basic configurations of current setup (hyper-v, Server2016, etc)

Grafana –

  • Dashboard – Use PowerShell to create Hyper-V Grafana data points


  • Basic Web Server + Database deployment playbook (Servers already exist)
  • Deploying new VM to host via Playbook
  • Combine 1 + 2 to auto deploy new website fully
  • Using win_dsc module to control Windows Server installs and configs


  • CI/CD pipeline use
  • Keeping all Ansible + PowerShell code tidy in repositories