ADRIAN’S BLOG

Ramblings of an IT geek

Docker – what’s that all about??

There have been lots of posts about Docker on the FreeNAS forums over the last 12 months, and I didn't pay much attention to them. I could do everything I needed through a combination of Jails and VirtualBox VM's so why did I need Docker? Well, to be honest, I still...

CrashPlan bhyve VM

When I get started on stuff like this, I like to try and get it finished, so unsurprisingly I spent some time yesterday evening looking at how I would recreate my CrashPlan VM, currently running CentOS in VirtualBox, using iohyve and bhyve. Having failed to migrate a...

bhyve VM using iohyve

I've been meaning to look again at moving my VirtualBox (vbox) Virtual Machines (VMs) into the built-in hypervisor (bhyve using iohyve, the bhyve manager) that's now in FreeNAS, but at my last attempt, last year didn't get very far.  I had a little time this...

My Year In Sport

I blogged about cycling at the beginning of last year and got off to a reasonably good start.  A few minor injuries (a fractured fibula in April and a painful stubbed little toe in July) slowed that progress to a standstill and the last outing on my bike was in...

Happy New Year – 2018

I'm not going to review the previous year, as I'd already covered that a little on my blog about my 1st Blogday and how I use FreeNAS.  Instead, I thought I'd blog a little about those pesky draft blogs I've meant to publish, which I'll hopefully get around to at the...

FreeNAS (part 2 + 1 year) – what’s changed?

As the year draws to an end, I always look back and wonder how the year has passed by so quickly.  As I get older, time seems to be moving so much faster, or at least it feels that way.  I thought it would be interesting to look back on this blog I posted about how I...

More Whisky

As with the Advent blog, Christmas is always a time for more whisky 😀 This year, I have two bottles of whisky on the go which couldn't be more different!  Just like last year, I picked up a bottle at the local supermarket for the bargain price of £20.  It was...

Advent 2 – The Last Christmas!

Now I've been blogging for a whole year; you'll probably start to notice some patterns in my behaviour.  This year is no different to the last (several) with another Lego Star Wars Advent Calendar!  I've just started a new contract up in Aberdeen which...

Episode VIII – The Last Jedi

So, a quick update, obviously without any spoilers given most sensible people won't be seeing until later today (no excused beyond that!) Let's start with saying it's good.  How good is always a little subjective, but I'd say it's in the 'Good Range' with The Force...

New (German) Kitchen

After clearing out all the draws and cupboards for the new kitchen that's been fitted this week, I don't think we'll ever be moving house again (although I think I've probably done my fair share already, that I blogged about here) We've been here just over 8 years,...

Kylie

Another calendar related blog, this time spanning back much longer than Star Wars Lego. This is my 15th, yes, fifteenth, Kylie calendar and a Christmas present I always look forward to the opening! I'll update this each month so you too (is there anybody...

emby – 2 months in and no Plex

I've been using emby in anger now for two months, so thought I'd provide a quick update on how things have gone.  I still have a jail running Plex 1.8.4, but it remains logged out of plex.tv and other than running in the background, scanning and updating with any new...

Certbot Cron – Automagically generate SSL certificates

I thought after the successful renewal of my certificates here, I'd set up a certbot cron task to run every day that should automagically renew any certificates due to expire within the next 30 days 😉 I've always struggled with using crontab on FreeBSD as it uses the...

AWStats – how is my server being accessed

My recent blog about cron reminded me that I'd started this one, but hadn't got around to finishing it.  I'm using cron in the same jail to run an hourly task to update the web statistic for AWStats that I'd set up in my reverse proxy jail.  I had AWStats set-up and...

Philips Fidelio – now doing what it should!

What is a Philips Fidelio I hear you ask?  Well, it's an Airplay speaker I've had for about six years and for the most of that time it has gone completely unused, mainly because it was completely unusable!  After posting a review on the Philips website, I've now been...

Virgin Media Superhub 3 – even faster broadband!

You might remember earlier this year when I got a surprise call from Virgin Media and a new TiVo v6 box, which I blogged about here.  Well, this time it was my turn to call Virgin and try to negotiate a better price for my Broadband, TV, and Telephone services.  The...

Happy Blogday

Happy Blogday!  It's a full year, 12 months or 365 days since my very first blog here! When I started, I really wasn't sure where it might lead, and whilst I've strayed somewhat off-topic for many of my blogs - which started about MacBook Airs and Linux - I've enjoyed...

CrashPlan again – some memory issues

After running so reliably for such a long time, I'd received another e-mail from CrashPlan today to say my backup set was below 100%.  Time for some investigation.... The last time, the drive was full, so I needed to expand the VirtualBox Virtual Drive which I blogged...

SSL Certificate Renewal

It was time for my SSL certificate renewal, which I blogged about creating here.  At the end of that blog, the dry-run had worked fine, so I wasn't expecting any issues with the renewal.  Expectations are not always reality though... Since creating the SSL...

Resize VirtualBox Disk

I received an e-mail today telling me that CrashPlan hadn't backed up for the last 3 days.  I have CrashPlan running in a VirtualBox jail as I blogged about here, and I very rarely check it as it just does its stuff in the background, and sends me a weekly update to...

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