Long-time readers of my blog know of my love for Drobo, but the time has come to say goodbye. My old Drobos (and Iomega ix-4) are showing their age and I decided to go in a different direction: I'm building a FreeNAS server. In this article I'll talk about my thinking behind this move; later posts will talk in more detail about the hardware and software setup. Bulk Home … [Read more...] about Hello FreeNAS! Goodbye Drobo and Iomega…
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I fell for the drobo the moment I heard about it, but the bloom fell from that rose after a few years. The old drobo was simply too slow for modern computers and big files. But the new third-generation drobo is enough to make you fall in love all over again: It's a simple and relatively affordable upgrade that really delivers the goods! Why drobo? You'd think that someone … [Read more...] about Generation 3 drobo: Fall In Love All Over Again
I had a little bit of a learning experience this week regarding NFS exports and Mac OS X that I thought would be interesting to share with my readers. It's part "simple tip" and part "facepalm." Read on! TL;DR: NFS works (insecurely) if you use all_squash and set anonuid and anongid to match your UNIX user ID The Setup: What I Wanted to Do I have an old Iomega ix4-200d … [Read more...] about Using NFS to Share Data Between UNIX and Mac OS X
DataGravity just released their embargo and my little techie corner of the Internet is on fire. There's a very good reason for that, but it might not be obvious at a glance. Read on to learn why DataGravity is a Big Deal even though it might not work out. Let's start with the hardware: DataGravity just introduced a pretty ordinary storage array aimed at the fat middle of … [Read more...] about Why is DataGravity Such a Big Deal?
Long-time readers of my blog may remember my adventures with my 2009 27" iMac - adding eSATA, displaying all of Hamlet, and turning it into a monitor. That last bit has become increasingly handy lately, as I've repurposed that now-old iMac as a monitor and server. Here are some tips, tricks, and lessons if you'd like to do the same! Using an iMac As a Monitor I've known … [Read more...] about Repurposing an Older iMac As a Monitor and Server