BSD

Upgrading FreeNAS to TrueNAS Core

Given it's the holidays and that's when I tend to have time and energy to poke around the house, I decided to upgrade my FreeNAS box to the newer TrueNAS 12 release. The upgrade itself went without a hitch, simply switching from the FreeNAS 11 train to the TrueNAS 12 train was sufficient. However when everything came back, none of my jails started. I have three jails that are used daily: plex, ...

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macOS

Inkdrop with CouchDB on FreeNAS

I have a terrible memory, which means that I rely on a lot of tools and methodologies (like GTD, Getting Things Done) to help me track things. This also means that I have a lot of different tools ,and I regularly re-evaluate and change them if something new can meet my ever-changing needs.

For the last two years I've been using Quiver to categorize and keep notes. These are notes for myself of ...

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BSD

Updating iocage jails in FreeNAS

I've been running FreeNAS as a file and application server for quite a while and love it. The FreeBSD jails are awesome for running applications like Plex or gitea in isolation. Recently the base FreeBSD 11.2-RELEASE went end of life and 11.3-RELEASE was the new stable version (actually, it went EOL last October but I only realized it the other day). Updates for packages can still be done within the jails, but ...

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BSD

Using LetsEncrypt on FreeNAS

Last week my LetsEncrypt certificate expired on FreeNAS which effectively locked me out of my FreeNAS UI when using Chrome (my default browser). Thinking perhaps that I had forgotten something during my upgrade to FreeNAS 11.2 I set out to figure out what the problem was, only to realize two things: one, I hadn't setup a cronjob to renew and two, I didn't blog about it.

Usually I write blogs primarily for my benefit on ...

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BSD

Migrate plex from a warden jail to an iocage jail

I've been running FreeNAS 11.2 beta for a while (currently on 11.2-RC1). I've got a bunch of media on it from when I started running FreeNAS 9 (home videos, music, etc.) and I've not taken the step to migrate the old warden-based jails to the newer iocage jails. This meant that my Plex jail was not listed in the web UI. I could get into the jail using jexec but couldn't really ...

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BSD

Virtualized Linux guest in FreeNAS 9.10 using iohyve

During the day I'm a manager of one of the greatest security teams on the planet (in my biased estimation), but at night (and random times throughout the day), I'm a sysadmin tinkerer. There's just something about goofing off with operating systems that appeals to me; this is likely what caused me to devote five years of my life to working on Annvix back in the day.

I've been running a local IPA install ...

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BSD

Replacing a FreeNAS drive

I was on holidays a few weeks ago and decided to replace an aging Mac Pro that I had been using as a Plex server with a new FreeNAS box, since I could run a jail with Plex. So I used the four 3TB WD Red drives in the Mac Pro with another two new similar drives to construct a new FreeNAS box.

Of course, the problem with those four drives I used as a ...

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