ADRIAN’S BLOG

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Raspbian & RetroPie

So I’d mentioned my Christmas present - a Raspberry Pi4 Desktop Kit - when blogged about Pi-hole here, but I’ve now started playing with the Pi4 for what I thought I might use if for (Raspbian & RetroPie) when I ask for one from Santa! The first MicroSD cards I’ve...

More Whisk(e)y

I’ve not done a whisky update for a little while, and certainly missed a Christmas update, but don’t worry - I did get some more whisk(e)y for Christmas, although one was a bit of a shocker! Last years Christmas whisky, and another which I seemed to remember arrived...

Pi-hole

I got a Raspberry Pi 4 for Christmas, although never really had in mind running Pi-hole. I've also been playing around with various browsers, which is what actually got me thinking about using Pi-hole. And finally, after a couple of Youtube videos I decided to give...

A tale of two (faulty) devices

Let's be clear before I start, I get this is probably an unfair comparison, but I'm going to make it anyway!  Over the last month, I've had two electronic devices fail - firstly my Apple iPhone X and then shortly afterwards my Netvue Orbcam.  So, this is the...

Bitwarden

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. I can't remember exactly when I started...

More ONLYOFFICE

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...

Calibre-web

Is brilliant! I thought the last update I made to Calibre Server (from 2.something to 3.8) was good, and I blogged about it (a little) here, but Calibre-web is a whole new gravy! Calibre 2 was pretty basic and allowed you to read books and download them to a capable...

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...

macOS and rsync

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? It seems a little crazy to be running software from 2006 when there has...

Project Trident

In a previous blog, I'd talked about installing a FreeBSD Desktop environment called TrueOS here and here. I wanted to try something a little different this time, and Project Trident is the latest option from iXsystems, who also make FreeNAS, so this looked like a...

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? So my first job was to return the MacBook Air to the original state and then give a little more...

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...

Farewell FreeNAS2 (N54L Microserver)

I had to check back through my company accounts to try and work out exactly when I bought my Hewlett Packard N54L Microserver. Turns out it was September 2014, so it’s just over 5 years old. It was bought to replace an N40L which was the first machine I’d run FreeNAS...

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...

FreeNAS0 – SSD Pool

I'd been thinking about this for some time, as moving my jails and small databases onto an SSD pool should have a decent performance improvement, whilst also reducing the fragmentation on my HD pool. As fortune would have it, I had a couple of old enterprise 480GB...

FreeNAS0 – Network Woes

No, my network looks nothing like that, but it has felt a little bit like that trying to work out why I was getting intermittent connectivity to the new Ubuntu 18.04 VM's I'd created here. The fix to my network woes was pretty simple when I'd worked out what was...

FreeNAS0 – Docker & Portainer

So I covered off setting up the Virtual Machines here, but I expected some fun and games trying to replicate my Docker & Portainer environment on FreeNAS0 so thought it deserved its own blog. Turns out it wasn't that big a job. I have the following configured to...

FreeNAS0 – Virtualise

Although I might still try and get my old crashplan VM running on FreeNAS0, I always had it in my mind that I'd virtualise main use cases - ONLYOFFICE Document Service, Crashplan and Docker - on Ubuntu 18.04 on FreeNAS0. Creating the Virtual Machine(s) Creating the VM...

FreeNAS0 – Config 2 (SSH & Virtualisation)

This won't be as long as part 1 here, and while isn't wasn't without some issues, it proved to be easier than I expected. It also allowed me to do things in a slightly different way. To be honest, the SSH issue kind of resolved itself. I was trying to get around the...

FreeNAS0 – Config 1 (not so long)

Version 1 of this blog was going to be a long and winding affair that went through re-configuring FreeNAS0 with all the config from FreeNAS1, MANUALLY. The more I thought about what needed to be changed, the more I began to think saving the config from FreeNAS1 and...

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