Geek Freely: encryption

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    The whole point in this post is to run your own VPN service, and allow you to connect remote devices to your home network.

    To start off yo…

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    The other day I bought a 4TB disk for my NAS, I needed to move all my data from an existing 2TB disk to the new 4TB disk.  I used TeraCopy () for this, as not only does it appear to move the data quicker than Windows Explorer, but it can validate it after transfer.

    The main problems I had related to the fact that I wasn’t simply adding a disk, I was replacing a disk.

    First of all I used a free box that I had to run live NAS4Free and setup the disk.  The sequence for encrpyting a disk in NAS4Free is as follows:

    Add Disk

    Create your encrypted volume using the previously added disk : This step will automatically ‘attach’ this volume

    Format this encrypted volume

    Add a Mount Point using this encrypted volume

    It’s very important to follow this order, I tried to do 3 before 2 and always ran into problems mounting.

    Once the disk was added I was able to transfer the data, the next step was waiting 24hrs.

    After all the data had transferred it was time to remove the old drive and replace it with the new one.

    Before removing the drive physically I deleted the following:

    I did not remove encrypted reference, as I thought it would delete the contents of the drive, which I wanted as backup until I had confirmed the new drive was working.

    Next step was to physically remove the drive and replace it with the new one.  Once the drive was in I had to do the following steps to get everything up and running:

    Add disk (note it is encrypted)

    Remove previous encypted disk information

    Add new disk to encryption list (NOTE: DO NOT INITIALIZE)

    Create Mount Point (NOTE: I had to fsck/check-disk first, as I was receiving errors when mounting)

    Add CIFS/SMB share

    I did a couple of reboots to make sure everything was coming up as expected.  At this point I took a new backup of the NAS4Free configuration.

    So, for the longest time I tried to get

    working with iPhone and my home server (my problem was I was trying to use FTPS, instead of SFTP).  Using FileZilla I could always successfully connect using “require explicit FTP over TLS”:

    Based on this I figured it was an issue with the iPhone apps, I think it was error 425 (cannot build data connections).  Then I thought it was my , since I used , I figured maybe something was screwy – a draw back of bleeding edge geeky stuff, you question it.  Anyway, it was a port configuration issue by me.

    I needed to open port 22, not 21.  I also had to connect using different settings SFTP.

    As for iPhone client, I have tried a few; FTPOnTheGo, Files Connect, and Easy FTP.  Of them all I like FTPOnTheGo – I should probably look into the options again – considering iPad clients too.

    Since I originally stater this investigation and setup, I treated myself to a new router .  I might write a quick review on it actually…

    So the other month I bought a ton of new equipment for a new NAS box.  The question was, which NAS software to go for?  As ever it needed to be free, preferably open-source, and have all the functionality I was looking for.

    Webserver

    FTP server

    SAMBA/CIFS

    RSYNC

    I wrote about my excitment for

    more than a few months back ().  However during this wait my current NAS ) began to fail, due to harddrive issues, and the fact that it was a crappy old box.

    OMV has yet to be released, so I was in a bit of a pickle, I have new hardware, I need a new NAS, so I began to try my alternatives.  I installed and checked out the following NAS solutions:

    P.S. There are more, but some of them were ruled out due to hardware limitations, or pricing for several drive solutions ().

    eBox was nice in the fact that it had a built in LDAP server, but I soon realized that it is not something I really need.  Openfiler was cool, but I had some issues with my

    drives (a), and I wasn’t really a fan of the Volume Management. And Amahi… it sounds good, but the plug and play aspect is a little cluncky/cloogy in my mind.

    So in the end, I stuck with FreeNAS!  I have implemented encryption on my drives, FreeNAS handles the WD EARS no problem, setup the UPS feature for safe power downs.  All in all I am happy with my decision, there is no guarantee that OMV will be in a good shape when it is release, so why take the risk – stick with something I know and love!

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    Geek Freely: encryption

    Featured Post

    The whole point in this post is to run your own VPN service, and allow you to connect remote devices to your home network.

    To start off yo…

    Showing posts with label encryption.

    Showing posts with label encryption.

    The other day I bought a 4TB disk for my NAS, I needed to move all my data from an existing 2TB disk to the new 4TB disk.  I used TeraCopy () for this, as not only does it appear to move the data quicker than Windows Explorer, but it can validate it after transfer.

    The main problems I had related to the fact that I wasn’t simply adding a disk, I was replacing a disk.

    First of all I used a free box that I had to run live NAS4Free and setup the disk.  The sequence for encrpyting a disk in NAS4Free is as follows:

    Add Disk

    Create your encrypted volume using the previously added disk : This step will automatically ‘attach’ this volume

    Format this encrypted volume

    Add a Mount Point using this encrypted volume

    It’s very important to follow this order, I tried to do 3 before 2 and always ran into problems mounting.

    Once the disk was added I was able to transfer the data, the next step was waiting 24hrs.

    After all the data had transferred it was time to remove the old drive and replace it with the new one.

    Before removing the drive physically I deleted the following:

    I did not remove encrypted reference, as I thought it would delete the contents of the drive, which I wanted as backup until I had confirmed the new drive was working.

    Next step was to physically remove the drive and replace it with the new one.  Once the drive was in I had to do the following steps to get everything up and running:

    Add disk (note it is encrypted)

    Remove previous encypted disk information

    Add new disk to encryption list (NOTE: DO NOT INITIALIZE)

    Create Mount Point (NOTE: I had to fsck/check-disk first, as I was receiving errors when mounting)

    Add CIFS/SMB share

    I did a couple of reboots to make sure everything was coming up as expected.  At this point I took a new backup of the NAS4Free configuration.

    So, for the longest time I tried to get

    working with iPhone and my home server (my problem was I was trying to use FTPS, instead of SFTP).  Using FileZilla I could always successfully connect using “require explicit FTP over TLS”:

    Based on this I figured it was an issue with the iPhone apps, I think it was error 425 (cannot build data connections).  Then I thought it was my , since I used , I figured maybe something was screwy – a draw back of bleeding edge geeky stuff, you question it.  Anyway, it was a port configuration issue by me.

    I needed to open port 22, not 21.  I also had to connect using different settings SFTP.

    As for iPhone client, I have tried a few; FTPOnTheGo, Files Connect, and Easy FTP.  Of them all I like FTPOnTheGo – I should probably look into the options again – considering iPad clients too.

    Since I originally stater this investigation and setup, I treated myself to a new router .  I might write a quick review on it actually…

    So the other month I bought a ton of new equipment for a new NAS box.  The question was, which NAS software to go for?  As ever it needed to be free, preferably open-source, and have all the functionality I was looking for.

    Webserver

    FTP server

    SAMBA/CIFS

    RSYNC

    I wrote about my excitment for

    more than a few months back ().  However during this wait my current NAS ) began to fail, due to harddrive issues, and the fact that it was a crappy old box.

    OMV has yet to be released, so I was in a bit of a pickle, I have new hardware, I need a new NAS, so I began to try my alternatives.  I installed and checked out the following NAS solutions:

    P.S. There are more, but some of them were ruled out due to hardware limitations, or pricing for several drive solutions ().

    eBox was nice in the fact that it had a built in LDAP server, but I soon realized that it is not something I really need.  Openfiler was cool, but I had some issues with my

    drives (a), and I wasn’t really a fan of the Volume Management. And Amahi… it sounds good, but the plug and play aspect is a little cluncky/cloogy in my mind.

    So in the end, I stuck with FreeNAS!  I have implemented encryption on my drives, FreeNAS handles the WD EARS no problem, setup the UPS feature for safe power downs.  All in all I am happy with my decision, there is no guarantee that OMV will be in a good shape when it is release, so why take the risk – stick with something I know and love!

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