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FreeNAS, Why you need it!

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For those of you that remember I wrote This article last year about setting up a Linux based backup server, I did and it worked for a long time, spot on! but for some reason (probably my fault) I got locked out of the whole box and since my Linux skills are what I call below beginner level I did what I always do when something acts up, Format and re-install, after installing Ubuntu Server i started setting things up and a thought hit me “there has to be an easier way to get what I want without all the headache of setting up everything from scratch” and at this point my RAID (still software based unfortunately) had gone complete apeshit on me (excuse my french) and had to be distroyed and rebuildt, again most likely my fault for not having basic skills in Linux.

I headed over to my friend in need, Google, and after extensive…well after some searching I came to the conclusion that FreeNAS from IX Systems was the best choice for me and my needs. The only problem was that it had a recommended minimum of 8 GB RAM and my trusty old backup machine only has 4 GB but I figured, what the heck I’ll give it a go and if it’s to slow and laggy I’ll find something else.

I am happy to report that running FreeNAS on 4 GB of ram with a 2 TB RAID 10 (2 x 2 TB disks mirrored) is not all that bad, the user interface isn’t super quick and some times takes a few seconds to complete a task but seriously, how often are you planning on messing with the settings in there… When I have to expand my RAID I’ll have to build a new machine with newer hardware and more RAM, but I’ll cross that bridge when I get to it!

The software can be downloaded Here and Instructions on installing Here

Once up and running I set up the RAID the way I wanted it and with the web based interface of FreeNAS it was up and running in no time, then I set up the different users that i needed and created data sets and shares for the users.

FreeNAS supports Windows, UNIX, MAC and also Webdab shares which is used for on the go sharing with mobile devices such as your phone if you need that. Keep in mind that this requires you to open ports in your router to allow traffic in to your NAS machine.

As I were only using it for backup on my local network and I don’t have any Mac/iOS devices I just set up samba shares which is the protocol that windows machines use to share over network.

And as before I set up SyncToy on my computer to handle backup of the files and folders that i need backup of

I am a rather heavy user of Google products and seeing the photos on my phone automatically be uploaded to Google Photos when I connect to my home network I got to thinking maybe this can be done to my FreeNAS aswell and what do you know Google had the answer to that too, a nifty little app called Sweet Home!

The app is in Beta testing at the moment and is free right now, something I hope it will stay for ever but you never know.

Sweet Home let’s me set up what network is my home network and what IP Address my NAS is at, then it asks for login details for the NAS and where I’s like to store the files, then i can select what folders on my phone to backup and how i want them sorted on my NAS and also if I would like it to backup my files when I connect to my home WI-FI or wait until the phone is in the charger. Brilliant!

FreeNAS is based on FreeBSD so it’s about as stable as a rock and runs quick on low resources! perfect for my needs!

2014 was a slow but good year for us

All the numbers in this report is thanks to you, our readers so therefor we would like to share it with you!

Check out the annual report for the Nordic-vikings.net blog Here!

 

Thanks for reading

Stian & Jan

Nordic-vikings.net crew

Happy birthday Jan

Today we celebrate the birthday of one of our founders Jan Brekke…

Gmail V5

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Google has pre-released a new update for they’re Gmail app for Android that integrates the new G+ look into the app, personally I love it to bits, check it out and decide for your self

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Motorola to release the Moto 360 Today!

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Motorola’s new round smart watch the Moto 360 is being released at 11:00 CT today 05.09.2014.

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We give away free Bitcoins

20131231bitcoinfaucetWe have released our own Free Bitcoin Faucet!

It is connected to Microwallet which is a service that connects multiple faucets together.

Here’s an example.
There are a lot of faucets out there throwing away a tiny share of coins.
Some of them are big enough to support them selves, and some of them are small.
The small ones are often connected to a bigger system that combines them.

Say Amanda goes to one of the big faucets. She claims her share which are stored in that faucets temporary wallet before it gets payed out. Usually she would have to wait until she reach a certain amount before they send the payment to her Bitcoin address. But the thing is that she will have to wait until the timer runs out before she can claim again from that same faucet.

Our faucet has a timer as well, but what’s great about the fact that we are connected to a bigger system is that you can run off to the next faucet that is connected to the same system after claiming your amount from us.

We are planning on increasing the claim amount after a short while. We want to see how this goes first for a small period.
Please support this give-away by clicking the ads on that page after you have claimed. Nothing else, just a click.

Interested?
Please visit the link at the top, or click here.

How to Fix: Failed to set Event Logging (Citrix)

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You try to start your published Citrix app, but receive the error message: Failed to set Event Logging.
When you click “OK” the application continues to load and you will be logged in as normal.
Sometimes you notice that several apps (if you run a full desktop environment) don’t work.

The Solution

To resolve this, you need to find the file called appsrv.ini located in the user profile folder on the computer.

C:\Users\<Uername>\AppData\Roaming\ICAClient\

When you find it just delete the file.
During the next login, your client will regenerate a new file with the correct configuration and the error will be gone.

If this still don’t resolve your problem. You might need to access the Citrix server as an Admin and delete the same file on your Citrix Profile.
But hopefully you won’t need to do this.

The Cause

The error occurs if the user’s profile was moved after the Citrix plugin was installed. What happens then is that the log file path in the Users Appsrv.ini is incorrect.
Uninstalling and reinstalling does not resolve the issue..

GCHQ’s list of Exploit Tools

“What do we do when the government starts to attack us?”

hackerThe secretive British spy agency GCHQ has developed covert tools to seed the internet with false information.
The tools were created by GCHQ’s Joint Threat Research Intelligence Group (JTRIG), and constitute some of the most startling methods of propaganda.

Previously disclosed documents from the E. Snowden archive, have detailed that these tools has been used to “fake victim blog posts,” make “false flag operations,” set “honey traps” and psychological manipulation to target online activists, and monitor visitors to WikiLeaks, and spy on YouTube and Facebook users.

It looks like a hacker buffet of weaponized tools one can use to destroy other.

Wonder what kind of tools they have?

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Cyber war! Check who is attacking your country

A map over cyber attacks   I’ts no secret that allot of people around the world is trying to hack other peoples computers, be it governments, hacktivists or individual hackers. A company called Norse has generated a live map over these attacks using a vast network of “honeypot” machines that look like legitimate targets for hackers but in reality they are set up to be hacked so that one can track the attacks by monitoring the hacked “honeypots”. on the top of both Attackers and targets USA rests closely followed by China. Check out the map at this page, attacks are visible as “shots” from an attacker to it’s target in real-time.

(How-to) Framework 3.5 won’t install on Windows 8

For some reason, many people have problems installing/enabling Framework 3.5 in Windows 8 using the add remove windows features. Here’s how you easily do it the code style.

What you’ll need is:

  • Powershell (or Command prompt)
  • Windows 8 / 8.1
  • ISO, USB or any media containing any version of Windows 8 installation

Powershell

In windows 8, start up the “Powershell” console.
(This should work from the regular command prompt as well. Be sure to run this as “Administrator”.)

Run the following code int the terminal:

dism.exe /online /enable-feature /featurename:NetFX3 /Source:d:\sources\sxs /LimitAccess

Be sure to check which drive letter the installation media is at, and change the “/Source:**driveletter**:\sources\sxs” to the one you have on your computer. The “d” was only an example.

Framwork 3.5 should now be installed.
The best part by doing it this way is that you do not need to reboot your computer after the installation.
Had this been installed using the “Add / remove Windows feature” a reboot had to take place to install the updgrade

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