FreeBSD + Time Machine (Native ish backup solution for OSX)

Most of the solutions I tried to setup for utilising time machine in OSX to backup to a FreeBSD server were essentially a Samba solution. (mapped drive), however it’s clear as updates progress for OSX it becomes rather messy and unfriendly from the user experience POV.

I won’t take credit for this, but this article below is the current solution for this problem

Finally Directadmin and FreeBSD 11.0

After many months of testing and submitting bugs to Directadmin, there is finally an error and slick installation to Directadmin on FreeBSD 11. Previously a number of fixes had to be made in order to make certain aspects function i.e. Dovecot and PHP.

The latest “officially” released version of FreeBSD with Directadmin is 9.x both 32/64bit, however as times changes, things quickly become depreciated and not great running an out of date OS in this modern day. In fact it is frowned upon!

In the next few weeks I will be migrating my 9.3 install over to 11, due to the jump and the number of changes I have opted for a fresh installation.

The great news is… it works out the box now.


Well, seriously it’s been a weird few months.

At home I now run ONE machine 24/7 which is a mac mini, makes a change from a multitude of quad xeons racking up the electricity bill, I must admit watching the meter go round and round is quite daunting. I must get to sell all my surplus hardware at some point before it becomes worthless.

I seem to be at a random stage in life, where I am de-cluttering, deleting old files I no longer/will never ever use and refreshing things, I think I need this for my own sanity more than anything? after all a minimal uncluttered life is a happy one apparently. Simple is the way forward, minimal wires/stress free setups. Apply this logic to the entire household and everything is good!

I really need to review my server hardware as I have lots and need to virtualise the remainder of my servers to put my green stamp on it.

At the moment it rather does feel like I am having a midlife crisis.

How to install an SNMP Server with FreeBSD ( made easy )

My preference is using Net-SNMP which is included in ports, start by fetching the latest ports tree;

# portsnap fetch
# portsnap extract

Then head over to the port location and install
# cd /usr/ports/net-mgmt/net-snmp
# make install clean

Copy the sample configuration over to a working configuration if you need some examples
cp /usr/local/share/snmp/snmpd.conf.example /etc/snmpd.conf

Or to work straight out of the box, you can have a quick and dirty configuration containing; ( obviously changing community and bits ) **default is 32**

e.g. rocommunity testcomm:32
rocommunity community:bits

Now to make the snmp server start at boot time;


Without rebooting start the SNMP server;
/usr/local/etc/rc.d/snmpd start

you can test by using;

snmpwalk -v1 -c public