Category Archives: FreeBSD Administration

FreeBSD routing issues resolved

Today I had a call from a customer saying their Nagios server was showing incorrect ping results. Gconnect, (my $dayjob) host an MPLS network for this client which is in a transitive state between a traditional IPSec network and the … Continue reading

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Autossh and Cloud Backup Appliance

Part of the Cloud Backup solution was to add a client site appliance which would ‘stage’ the backup prior to them being moved off site to the replication servers. The software we use for this product requires a local copy … Continue reading

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Adding SoughtRules to Spamassassin

I felt that our spam filter was not as ‘sharp’ as it had been in the past, so it was time to add some extra bite. A colleague had recommended the SoughtRules so i thought I’d give them a go. … Continue reading

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Creating FTP Accounts on ZFS space with quotas

As part of the Gconnect 30:30 server product, I need to create a 10GB FTP store for each server. Its part of the deal so customers can use it either for backup, if they don’t want the server image backups … Continue reading

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Using Dump and Restore to migrate FreeBSD to ESX server

I’ve a number of ¬†legacy machines which need virtualising with Vmware Vsphere5. Mainly they are old servers running software and websites that cannot be ported to modern OS’s and hardware. I thought to get the ball rolling, I’d migrate our … Continue reading

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Using SSH port redirection to get Remote Access

I have been asked to have a look at a Linux server for a client which is behind a firewall, buried deep inside a corporate network with no hope of any firewall access being arranged this side of christmas. The … Continue reading

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FreeBSD memstick – Creating a bootable install key on a Mac

I dont make boot keys very often, an seem to have to ‘re-learn’ every time its needed. Hopefully writing it down like this will commit it to memory! So first take the USB key of choice and plug it into … Continue reading

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FreeBSD LAG setup with port-channel

I needed more bandwidth to the network for our storage server, so as FreeBSD now supports LAG, we might as well use it. First job is to configure the switch with a port channel. We are using a Cisco 2960G … Continue reading

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FreeBSD iSCSI Server (target)

Part of the new central storage setup is to enable the server to be an iSCSI server or target so our clients can be iSCSI initiations to connect in and use the storage. The main reason is to facilitate the … Continue reading

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Using a RAMdrive with MIMEDefang on FreeBSD

Before I deploy the new spam scanning servers which run a combination of: Sendmail MIMEDefang SpamAssassin Milter-Greylist I’d like to set the spool directory to run on a ramdrive to increase the speed an efficiency of the system. When MIMEDefang … Continue reading

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