Raspbian

I have now a Raspberry Pi 2 computer 24/7 running. Raspberry2

It is running on Raspbian (Debian modified for Raspbian). It is about 2 months operational. And it is working great 🙂 .

I have set up a webserver with owncloud, a SSH server and Kodi media center with Amber skin. It works flawlessly. And it uses maximum 2.4 Watt.

I won´t go into the detail, because there are plenty guides on the internet.

I found these ones especially interesting and useful:

– https://www.pestmeester.nl

 samhobbs.co.uk

I am thinking of installing samba and a email server. But I really don´t need it now.

To be continued…

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Big changes

After running FreeNAS for several years, I decided to end it. Don´t get me wrong, I love ZFS, but it is a bit overkill for a single home-user. So I have now a HardwareRAID 1 with a thunderbolt connection to my MAC. Every hour my main data is being copied to this RAID.

It does´t matter how sophisticated and secure your server is. Without a backup it is worthless.  The best and most secure way to data loss is a copy.

I do have started a new project: A Raspberry Pi 2, media center and personal cloud server.

A more detailed explanation about this project will come soon.

Freenas 9

Freenas 9 is already out for some months. And it is running fine like I used to run Freenas 8.

It boots faster, Creating new jails is very easy now. It goes automatically when you install a new plug-in.

And one of my favourites: Plex media server http://www.freenas.org/whats-new/2013/09/plex-on-freenas.html . Flex has clients for almost any device: whether it is you pc, smartphone, tablet or smart tv. So FreeNas has become a very nice media server.

But they didn’t forgot the profesional too. Freenas has new features like encrypted volumes and much more. Just check it out on http://www.freenas.org

Update FREENAS 8.3.1 p2 release

Second update this year. FREENAS still runs non-stop and flawless. However with the reboot I noticed a hardware problem. FreeNas didn´t show my L2ARC cachs disc anymore. During a profound inspection I noticed that my  OCZ Vertex II died. Of course it was not the newest SSD generation. And Caching files takes it toll on a SSD.

So my advice for a SSD as a caching disc: Look for a Samsung or Intel SSD of the latest generation.

Nevertheless, a caching SSD will suffer a lot more in a ZFS server than in a normal, average client pc.

However, it wil make your data transfer faster, and all your other discs will possible last longer.