3. Setting up FileSystems and Snapshots (part 1)

Note: This post is one in a series aimed to be a tutorial eventually, it’s not currently finalised and at the moment exists as a place for collating thought and collecting feedback Setting up the FileSystems is a trivial task. First, you can see that when we’ve created a storage pool ‘datastore’ it created a filesystem for us (also called datastore) that can act as a container for child file systems. … »

2. Installing the Operating System

Note: This post is one in a series aimed to be a tutorial eventually, it’s not currently finalised and at the moment exists as a place for collating thought and collecting feedback Installing OS and setup Network For the following set of posts, I have chosen to use VirtualBox to run through how to use ZFS in building your FileSystem. The first step is downloading and installing OpenIndiana. Get the latest build from http://openindiana. … »

Downloading HTTP in off-peak

I want to write a quick and dirty blog post to tell you a little solution on downloading HTTP files in your off-peak usage using linux. The tools I’ll be using for this is my old favourite wget and a new tool, “at”. The at daemon is required to be running first, so on debian or ubuntu /etc/init.d/atd start Then downloading your file at an off-peak time (4am for me) is as simple as … »

PDF Automator in OSX

As you may have been aware from my previous blog posts, I’ve been trying to make my life digital, that means any papers I get, I scan and file on a FileServer (with remote backups, etc, etc). My scanner at home has a document feeder on it. The problem is that it doesn’t do duplex, only a set of sides. So far, I can scan one side of the document, flip the paper of, then scan the back pages. … »

Apple feeling slow?

Is your Apple Mac feeling slow? p.s. this is a joke, don’t actually do it … »

Symfony not sortable in CRUD

I’ve recently come up across some problems with the CRUD generator in Symfony, so in case anyone is googling for a solution out there, I’ll try and help you along (or at least bump up the page references to the articles that helped me 😉 ) I had a problem today where I was trying to use Symfony’s (1.4) generate-admin CRUD generator. The issue was that my titles were not sortable when adjusting the fields to display in the generator. … »

Happy New Year – Resolution #1, Network & Data

It’s a new year and time to start getting new years resolutions into action. I’ve moved into my new area in the study so I’ve started setting it up how I like. The first step is to get my router set up. The router I’m using is a little ‘fit-pc’ box with two ethernet cables. As you can see, it’s pretty tiny but doesn’t pack much in terms of power. … »

New Network

so I’ve moved back home with the family now. One thing I’ve been meaning to do is to digitise my life and get set up on the cloud. I think it’ll be really basic to start off with. VPN access in to my home network, firewall everything off, then create a few layers of the network. The issue is that I want to go paperless. I want to set up a ZFS Fileserver to store and snapshot all my data with remote encrypted backups of important documents and the like. … »

New upgdate

So.. my router/firewall is due for an upgrade (from Lenny to Squeze) Big upgrade… The following packages will be REMOVED: libdatrie0 libept0 libtorrent10 libxcb-xlib0 mysql-server mysql-server-5.0The following NEW packages will be installed: apache2.2-bin apt-xapian-index autopoint cpp-4.4 dash dbconfig-common diffutils dmsetup firmware-linux-free g++-4.4 gcc-4.4 gcc-4.4-base gconf2 gconf2-common geoip-database gnupg-curl grub-pc insserv install-info isc-dhcp-client isc-dhcp-common iso-codes javascript-common libalgorithm-diff-perl libalgorithm-diff-xs-perl libalgorithm-merge-perl libaprutil1-dbd-sqlite3 libaprutil1-ldap libasound2 libavahi-client3 libavahi-common-data libavahi-common3 libbind9-60 libboost-iostreams1.42.0 libbsd0 libc-bin libc-dev-bin libc6-i686 libcanberra-gtk-module libcanberra-gtk0 libcanberra0 libcroco3 libdatrie1 libdb4. … »

Home networking is back

so, since I had the scare with my Asterisk VoIP box being hacked and a telephone call to Antarctica having being made, I decided to do something about it. My home network now consists of my D-Link Wireless router being put into Bridge mode, with all services pretty much turned off on the thing. My internal network is I plan to sub-divide up this address space later, but for now, I’m pretty much just keeping it in one big heap until I set up my servers and want to separate them further from the wireless workstations, for this reason though, I’m keeping my setup pretty simple all pretty much in a 10. … »