Ramblings of an IT geek


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So much for a slow start to 2020! Bitwarden is another one of those things that appear to have passed me by, although now I’ve found it I suspect it may become my password manager of choice once I’ve migrated from 1Password.

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I’d blogged out using ONLYOFFICE before here, but I never really got around to using it for anything serious and simply played around with it from time to time. After recreating my Docker VM (running Ubuntu 18.04) I had some issues getting it up and running again, so thought I’d write this more ONLYOFFICE blog!

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Upgrading Jails

Upgrading jails in FreeNAS has always been a little problematic. It’s slightly less so now, but is still fraught with danger and never to be taken lightly. This was going to be the story of one such upgrade (my SSL-Proxy jail) but thinking about it over the past few weeks has turned it into more of an overview of the different ways of upgrading jails.

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macOS and rsync

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Did you know that macOS ships with rsync installed? Yes, but did you know that the version it ships with is 2.6.9? Do you know when that was released? Would you believe me if I said November 2006?

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2010 MacBook Air in 2020


I’d put this ‘project’ to one side whilst FreeNAS0 was being built, but I thought it was time to come back to it in 2020.  How will my 2010 MacBook Air fair in 2020?

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A New Year FreeNAS Update

Very much like my update at the beginning of 2019, I go into 2020 with FreeNAS up-to-date.  I’m running the latest version (11.2-U7) on both of my machines, all of my jails are all on the latest version of FreeBSD possible (11.3-p5), and they are mostly running the latest packages. The biggest change this year is hardware-related, as I’ve just finished building FreeNAS0, moving FreeNAS1 to backup duties, and retiring FreeNAS2 (which will be going on eBay shortly!)

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FreeNAS0 > FreeNAS1

Almost there… the final piece of the FreeNAS0 jigsaw. Creating the replication of data back from FreeNAS0 > FreeNAS1 and turning FreeNAS1 into the backup. It all reminded me a little of A New Hope, and Darth Vaders quote to Obi-Wan ‘When I met you I was but the learner. Now, I am the master’. FreeNAS0 is now the master, but perhaps it just the 9 hours of Star Wars I enjoyed on Wednesday night/Thursday morning!

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