The Journey of Redemption: Rebuilding my Smart Home Infrastructure with Kubernetes

As the dusk settled outside my window, I found myself immersed in a digital realm of possibilities, tinkering away at my smart home setup. However, in a cruel twist of fate fueled by overconfidence, disaster struck. With a single keystroke, I inadvertently obliterated my Home Assistant VM from the sanctum of my ESXi server.

As the virtual machine vanished into the ether, so too did two years’ worth of meticulously crafted automations and mechanics. Suddenly, I found myself plunged into darkness – quite literally, as the lights flickered beyond my control, and the once meticulously regulated boiler spiraled into chaos. Even the comforting glow of my DS18B20 temperature sensors, graphed elegantly through Grafana, vanished into the digital void.

But fate wasn’t finished with me yet. In a bizarre twist of coincidence, my trusty Raspberry Pi, faithful servant for so long, decided to bid adieu that very same evening. The USB drive that faithfully served as its home for two years suddenly ceased to function, leaving me in a state of utter disarray.

Yet, from the ashes of despair emerged a glimmer of determination. After mourning the loss of my digital kingdom, I resolved – or perhaps, was coerced – to rebuild my stack. This time, however, I would rise from the wreckage and embrace the resilience of Kubernetes.

First, I embarked on the quest to deploy Grafana, a beacon of hope in the sea of darkness. The journey was surprisingly smooth, a testament to the power of determination in the face of adversity. (Check out my tutorial here:

Next, I ventured forth to resurrect InfluxDB, laying the groundwork for the resurrection of my monitoring empire. The journey was fraught with challenges, yet each obstacle conquered brought me closer to redemption. (Read about my trials and triumphs here:

Finally, I reached the pinnacle of my journey – installing Telegraf on the humble Raspberry Pi, harnessing its latent potential to send vital metrics cascading into the waiting arms of InfluxDB. With each configuration tweak, I could feel the tendrils of control inching ever closer, beckoning me towards a brighter tomorrow. (Join me on this final leg of the journey here:

And so, as the temperature sensors once again blinked to life on my newly minted Grafana dashboard, I realized that while the road to redemption may be long and arduous, the destination is well worth the struggle. Though the lights may flicker and the boiler may falter, the spirit of resilience burns bright within the heart of every digital explorer.