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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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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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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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FreeNAS 11.2: new web interface & new features

After FreeNAS 10 "Corral" was a first - quickly failing - attempt to introduce a new user interface, there is now a new, AngularJS based UI with FreeNAS 11.2. This is also mobile optimized. Apart from the web interface, there are a number of new features for FreeNAS 11.2 that logically continue and extend the previous development. The most important changes: …

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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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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 (http://www.pivpn.io/) 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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