Time Machine backups on FreeBSD 10

hero_timemachine_lgThis article by khubla.com shows us how to create Time Machine backups in FreeBSD 10 through netatalk3.

I usually work on a Macbook, and I use keyless ssh with a cron job to do nightly backups.  It works very well.  However, I decided to try backups with Time Machine, using my FreeBSD-10 server as the host.

The first step is to install netatalk3, and nss_mdns

pkg install netatalk3
pkg install nss_mdns

For the full instructions, check out the following page: http://blog.khubla.com/freebsd/timemachine-backups-on-freebsd-10

VMWare Tools on FreeBSD 10

LOGO1This article shows us how to use VMWare Tools on FreeBSD 10.

As of February 2014, VMware Tools that come with ESXi 5 or Fusion don’t work out of the box on FreeBSD 10. I wrote some patches so that one can compile them manually. Luckily, FreeBSD 10 comes with support for vmxnet3 virtual network cards. Anyhow, you’ll need at least the kernel source tree in /usr/src/sys, Perl, and compat6x-amd64 (or compat6x-i386).

For full instructions, head on over to the following link: http://ogris.de/vmware/freebsd10.html

I wrote an automated installer for the source code patches so people could easily do this on both 5.1+ and 5.5

https://communities.vmware.com/message/2372800

You should also mention http://open-vm-tools.sourceforge.net/faq.php as in most cases people won’t need the official tools and are fine with the one in ports.

* Thanks to reader Miklos for the tip!

BSDNow.TV Episode 50: VPN, My Dear Watson

In this BSD Now episode, hosts Kris Moore and Allan Jude show us how to protect our internet traffic with a BSD-based VPN. In addition, they have an interview with Robert Watson, of the FreeBSD core team, regarding security research, exploit mitigation, etc. Click play below to tune in:

Check out the official page here: http://www.bsdnow.tv/episodes/2014_08_13-vpn_my_dear_watson

FreeBSD Journal July/August Issue now available

The 4th and July/August edition of the FreeBSD Journal is now available through Amazon, iTunes, and the Google store. In this issue, there are sections about FreeBSD and virtualization, Amazon’s EC2, bhyve, Xen, the USE Method, etc.

Check out the official post here: http://freebsdfoundation.blogspot.com/2014/08/julyaugust-issue-of-freebsd-journal-now.html

More information on how to subscribe here: https://www.freebsdfoundation.org/journal

Flash Memory Summit 2014 – FreeNAS

FreeNAS_logo_lightDuring the Flash Memory Summit, Chris (Tweaktown) spoke to Matt and Josh (iXsystems) about the future of the FreeNAS project. In addition, they discuss TrueNAS, an enterprise version of FreeNAS.

We sat down with Josh and Matt from iXsystems while at the show. Matt and Josh unloaded a lot of information about FreeNAS and where the project is headed. It sounds like the big push for the second half of this year revolves around making the product more user friendly. A new wizard system should tame the complicated but powerful storage specific operating system.

The FreeNAS developers also also pitched us TrueNAS, not that it was difficult to make us listen. iXsystems will soon offer TrueNAS in an all flash array, something we’re excited about. The current builds of TrueNAS use hybrid storage pools with flash acceleration.

Read more at http://www.tweaktown.com/news/39699/flash-memory-summit-2014-ixsystems-talks-about-the-future-of-freenas/index.html