Hopefully you have been following my Workstation Migration from a Corsair case to a much more exciting and beautiful Lian Li tower for my 3 year old personal workstation.
If not please see
The new case is both beautiful and slightly smaller than the outgoing Corsair 540 Case. It fits into our tiny home in England so nicely :-)
Surprise 2 Factor
Being a paranoid android I also thought to setup 2 factor authentication.
Essentially it's now impossible to turn the computer on without first using a Smartphone Application. The exact sequence is:
01 Poweron Peripherals
Use Alexa to turn on the Tasmota powered SmartSwitch. This turns on power to all peripherals including the screens, USB hub, scanner etc.
Oh, and also more importantly it also applies Mains power to the Computer's power supply.
This can also be done via a Smarthone App, but a voice command is easier
02 Power Computer
The PowerOn button on the computer is de-activated so the only way to power on the server is via the Smartphone App, or since an Alexa Skill is installed via a voice Command.
03 Vacation Security
When we are away for extended times we disable the Alexa skills so that you'd actually need the Smartphone to switch on the computer and that will not be around, it will be on vacation with me.
04 Boot Credentials
Obviously when the system is booted then you need to enter your Userid and Password credentials
Use this diagram in conjunction with the next video to understand how the system works
Since machine start and controlled shutdown can now be performed using my Internet connected Smartphone from anywhere; it is also theoretically possible to open up a TCP and UDP tunnel so that remote logins to this server can be made from outside on the Internet.
This is actually not implemented for security reasons, but in principle it would involve opening up a particular port from our Boundary Fibre firewall then thru 3 more firewalls so that you can connect to the Microsoft Remote Desktop Client listener port
I tried to explain all of this in the above video
It's all working faultlessly. I love it when a plan comes together :-)