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Host WordPress blog at home in 3 steps

If you run a small private blog like this one and have a fast enough internet connection (especially the upload is important), you can consider hosting it directly at home. There are some advantages to this, but there are also new challenges. Here I explain the steps that are necessary to get 100 - 200 visitors on ...

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TrueNAS: Easily set up ZFS replication over Wireguard VPN

Wireguard has also found its way into TrueNAS (previously FreeNAS) via FreeBSD. Although there is no interface to configure it directly, a suitable configuration file can be loaded via a post-init script and then also establishes the connection. The advantage over the previous solution: no virtual machine is needed, which in turn has its own updates...

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From version 12: FreeNAS becomes TrueNAS

FreeNAS has been a popular storage solution for years, even for home use - I myself have been using the system with four hard drives in HP Proliant micro servers for several years. With version 12 FreeNAS becomes TrueNAS - iXsystems merges the commercial and free branch of the NAS operating system. The advantage is supposed to be: instead of two separate ...

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Email Archiving with MailStore Home Portable

Despite the spread of messengers such as WhatsApp or Telegram, the classic mail has not yet become obsolete - day by day there are more and more mails lying dormant in the inbox. Whether it's the booking confirmation for the next holiday, a message from friends or the invoice for the last purchase, you get everything by email. Mail providers like GMX have ...

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Bandwidth management in the home office

Those who normally upload large amounts of data while they are not at home may have a problem with the cloud upstream or backup replication in times of home office. In the same way, it can lead to problems if family members want to upload larger amounts of data in parallel. To avoid this, there are various approaches on how the available bandwidth can be divided in the best possible way, ...

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FreeNAS 11.3 released: faster ZFS replication

iXsystems has released FreeNAS 11.3, the latest version of the free NAS operating system. Using FreeNAS, an existing x86 system can be turned into a network attached storage with various plugins and shares. The ZFS file system is used, which together with the FreeBSD base offers a lot of possibilities. I myself use FreeNAS on a HP Microserver Gen8 as well as on a Microserver N36L ...

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FreeNAS: ZFS Replication via Wireguard

So far I have used OpenVPN for the synchronization of my two FreeNAS boxes. Wireguard is a fast alternative, but a bit more complicated to set up. ZFS Replication is a handy tool for keeping data in sync between two FreeNAS installations. The whole point is to create an offsite backup where the data would survive a house fire or burglary, ...

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Wireguard: Peer IP check

If you use Wireguard with peers whose IP address changes (e.g. because they are on a private DSL connection), you must regularly check the IP address. Wireguard itself only does a DNS resolution when starting the interface to get the current IP address of the peer. But if, for example, the server's address changes, the connection will eventually fail. To the ...

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Why WordPress security is important

Those who run a small blog may think that a secure password or 2-factor authentication are not that important. However, this is a fallacy: even a blog little only a few dozen accesses per day is sufficiently in the focus of "hackers" that there are several login attempts per day. Using a fail2ban plugin (I use https://wp-fail2ban.com/) ...

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FreeNAS: Speed up SMB/CIFS collection

If you have set up a Windows share with FreeNAS, you can significantly reduce the time it takes to list the files in a folder. For this, some parameters have to be passed to Samba. This can be easily done through the interface by setting "Auxiliary Parameters" for the SMB service. After the changes, the listing of directories and files is ...

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