Author name: Dan Langille

Clearing out multiple drives – while watching Band of Brothers

The accomplished reader will first ask, how is this post any different from Clearing-out multiple drives concurrently – while Watching Fargo Season 5? Well, first, it’s a different server. This one is r720-01. Second, I’m watching Band of Brothers, which is completely different. However, the approach is the same: Boot the host using an mfsBSD […]

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Configuration for running poudriere in a jail on FreeBSD 14

I run poudriere in a jail on FreeBSD – it really is becoming the thing-to-do with all the cool kids. Everyone’s doing it. It is nifty. I will provide only the jail configuration, and not any file system configuration. That is left for you. I think these links might be most helpful: Using poudriere to

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Clearing-out multiple drives concurrently – while Watching Fargo Season 5

It is time to let the knew server go. It has gone through multiple upgrades, new drives, new boards, and new chassis. It has been replaced by r730-03. Before I let it go, I want to clear off the drives. By that I mean: I did this by booting the host using mfBSD (a lovely

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Creating a Time Capsule instance using Samba, FreeBSD, and ZFS (latest)

This is a rewrite of a previous post on the same subject. I have rewritten it because I created a new jail ™ and I’m using a different configuration now. I recently moved a Time Capsule instance from a FreeBSD host into a jail. Later, I moved to using Samba instead of AFP. Why? Samba

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FreeBSD jailed ZFS datasets – how do I find the .zfs/snapshot directory?

On FreeBSD, you can jail a ZFS dataset – that is, the jail can manipulate the ZFS dataset as if it was a host (more or less). This has useful applications. In my case, I want to backup a snapshot of that dataset from the host. For example, I want to backup this dataset: [12:19

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Backing up FreeBSD with Bacula via ZFS snapshot

Tonight, while watching an episode of The Great British Bake Off, I configured a new Bacula backup jobs to cover some datasets which were not already backed up. I already have a backup jobs to backup all the jails, but only for datasets which sit right under zroot/jails (for example). This new solution takes a

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