Storage

Rsync is a very powerful  backup tool. It can significantly speed up backup process and minimize amount of data transferred during synchronization. In most cases rsync is used to make incremental backups, but it also has another interesting option which gives you ability to keeping old versions of files on backup server. Mentioned option is ‘–backup’ or simply ‘-b’. Continue Reading

After many years of use plain hard drives for data storage I decided to buy small and inexpensive server. I found HP Microserver N40L. This hardware contains 1.5GHz AMD Turion processor and 4GB ECC RAM. It’s a real server despite it’s size. It’s running with FreeNAS and works as home NAS. Here is a photo of my server (without case).

hp-n40l

There are known issue regarding AFP on FreeNAS. Sometimes AFP can’t start properly and it continuously restarts. You can see it in the log and web GUI console. How to deal with it? Simply log in using SSH to your FreeNAS machine and type the following command:

$ sudo pkill afp

If this is not effective try:

$ sudo pkill -9 afp

That commands kills all processes with string “afp” in process name. Now try turn on the service using FreeNAS GUI.