Backing up a Linux server using FreeNAS – harder than you would think

I recently finished building a new FreeNAS machine, my first actually. One of the goals for the machine was to use it to backup my servers. My requirements were the following:

  • It needs to be able to backup an entire Linux server ( / ) but some paths needs to be excluded like /dev and /proc.
  • It should not put too much strain on the server that is being backed up.
  • The FreeNAS server needs to initiate the backup. It’s behind NAT and I don’t want to open up any ports.
  • It would be very beneficial if the UID and GID of the files and folders are kept. So this is not strictly a requirement but I very much would like this feature.
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Two 950 Pro 512GB in raid0 vs one 970 Evo Plus 2TB

I’ve been running two Samsung 950 Pro 512GB in raid0 for a total of 1TB of NVMe storage as my boot drive in my desktop PC. I didn’t really want to run raid0 originally but I started with one drive and it turned out to not be enough space so I added another one a couple of years ago. Now I’ve used almost 900GB so it was time for an upgrade, I blame all these huge modern games. Continue reading “Two 950 Pro 512GB in raid0 vs one 970 Evo Plus 2TB”

How to setup a custom SSL certificate for the free version of Pritunl

I haven’t been able to find much information on this but from what I’ve found it looks like you have to pay in order to install a custom SSL certificate for the Pritunl web interface. You get a self signed certificate when you install Pritunl but I’m sure most people that do that want a valid certificate, even if it’s just for a small server running in a closet. Continue reading “How to setup a custom SSL certificate for the free version of Pritunl”

My adventures delidding Intel processors

I’ve been building computers for many years now and my latest gaming PC I built around two years ago now. During those two years I’ve made some improvements, new video card, add another SSD to run raid0 and all that has been fun. But now I’ve run out of “normal” things to do with it so I was getting a bit bored. So I was looking for a new challenge and I happen to follow a lot of PC-hardware related channels on Youtube (Linus Tech Tips, Gamers Nexus) which happen to do some delidding and I thought, how hard can it be!

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