Freenas 11.1: use the integrated OpenVPN client

For some time now, I have been using two FreeNAS boxes at two locations to back up my data using ZFS snapshots and replication. This connection should also be secured using OpenVPN. The idea: one Raspberry Pi at each location, connected via OpenVPN, and corresponding static routes so that the two FreeNAS boxes can reach each other. Basis for this ...

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Nginx: Do not save IP address in log files

Those who want to store as little data as possible for data protection reasons - DSGVO is the keyword - can define an appropriate log file format. This anonymizes both IPv4 and IPv6 addresses. Unfortunately, no new format can be defined for the error logs - however, a legitimate interest for smooth operation can be assumed here even with a sufficiently short storage period. The ...

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RASPBERRY PI 3 MODEL B+ (Picture: Raspberry Foundation)

Raspberry Pi 3B+: Gigabit-LAN and 200 MHz more clock

The Raspberry Foundation has presented a revision of the Raspberry 3: the model 3B+. More clock and better network connectivity are the main features. The format has remained the same, existing projects with a Raspberry Pi can easily be upgraded to the new model - as long as the clock rate, which is higher with the new model even under continuous load, is ...

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FreeNAS 11.1 released

The FreeBSD-based NAS system FreeNAS has been released in the new version 11.1, which brings several innovations. The changes in the changelog concern OpenZFS, which is supposed to be faster especially when processing snapshots and large files. In addition, the hardware support has been improved and functions for cloud sync with Amazon S3, Microsoft Azure Blob Storage, ...

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FreeNAS: Pi-Hole & PiVPN in Ubuntu VM

If you use FreeNAS 11 as NAS or home server software, you can use pi-hole as well as pi-vpn and access your own network as well as block advertisements reliably. PiVPN ( is an installation and management script for OpenVPN. Originally intended for use on a Raspberry Pi, the installation also works without problems on an Ubuntu 17.04, which is installed in ...

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FreeNAS: Mount 9p Volume/Dataset in VM

Who uses FreeNAS with virtual machines (I have e.g. the development environment for the blog theme in an Ubuntu VM) will sooner or later want to use data of the NAS. FreeNAS offers VT9P as an option here. The Plan9 filesystem requires a few mount options that are not standard. Although it can be mounted in the console without further ado, as soon as ...

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FreeNAS: .AppleDouble / .DS_Store delete

When using a FreeNAS share with macOS, it creates different Finder metadata directories for each regular directory. To keep a backup to external media as lean as possible, this data can be deleted, which is most easily done using a command at the Linux command prompt: find . -name ".Apple*" -type d -prune -exec rm -r {} + So that ...

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FreeNAS 10: "Corral" released

After several years of development, version 10 of FreeNAS is now released, name: "Corral". iXsystems has released FreeNAS 10 "Corral", a new version of the popular operating system for DIY NAS systems. The user interface has been completely redesigned and is now much more modern, the substructure has also been modernized. Instead of relying on plug-in extensions as before, there are ...

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HP Microserver Gen8: CPU exchange

Those who buy an HP Microserver Gen8 usually go for the entry-level model with a Celeron G1610T processor. Since the CPU is socketed, it can be easily replaced. The Celeron G1610T is a dual-core CPU with a clock speed of 2.3 GHz and a TDP of 35 watts - therefore it can be cooled passively without any problems. It is important to choose a suitable CPU ...

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