FRITZ!Box 7390 in a Mesh Network

I’m able to VPN into a remote mesh network of FRITZ!Boxes to manage a remote FreeNAS server. The server is hard-wired into an older FRITZ!Box 7390 configured as a mesh repeater. This is connected wirelessly to a FRITZ!Box 7490 set up as the mesh master. FRITZ!Box Model FRITZ!OS Version FRITZ!Box 7390 6.86 FRITZ!Box 7490 7.21 …
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Allow another Crazy Domains Account to Control your Domain’s DNS Servers.

To allow limited control of DNS servers without granting full access to your Crazy Domains account, follow the four steps below. Step 1: Log into your Crazy Domains account Step 2: Click on Domain Tools and then click on Manage. Step 3: Scroll down to the Administration area and for the Tech Contact, click on …
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External SFTP Access to a WordPress Jail

The good folk at Automattic, owners of WordPress, have offered to help me resolve a credentialing problem I’m experiencing. However, they require the site’s SSH/SFTP/FTP credentials to access the WordPress installation folder. Up to this point, it hadn’t occurred to me to allow external access to the WordPress jail. I wasn’t even sure if this …
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Securing phpMyAdmin in a WordPress Jail

This post assumes you’ve run at least version 1.3.0 of the Scripted WordPress Installation. In the post WordPress Script: Post-Installation Tasks, I suggest that a way of securing phpMyAdmin in a WordPress jail is to disable it when not in use. One way to disable phpMyAdmin is to unlink it in the jail rm /usr/local/www/wordpress/phpmyadmin. This …
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DNSMasq in a FreeNAS Jail – A better approach

Intended Audience This post will be of interest if you use DNSMasq in FreeNAS and would like to keep the configuration file outside the jail. Background  The main issue of building a standard DNSMasq installation in a FreeNAS jail or using the DNSMasq community plugin, is that the configuration file /usr/local/etc/dnsmas.conf is stored within the …
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Caddy TLS Reverse Proxy in a FreeNAS Jail

Intended Audience This post will be of interest if you want to access private network resources securely using subdomains (e.g. https://subdomain.mydomain.com.au) or subdirectories (e.g. https://mydomain.com.au/subdirectory) rather than with IP addresses and port numbers. Assumptions You use a Fritz!Box for internet access. Your ISP supplies you with a dynamic IPv4 address. You are not in a …
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FreeNAS 11.3 + Transmission Jail + OpenVPN + AirVPN + IPFW Killswitch

Intended Audience This post may be of interest if you are setting up Transmission, not using the supplied plugin, but in a jail under FreeNAS 11.3. Assumptions The reader has a working knowledge of FreeNAS. AirVPN is the reader’s VPN service provider. Background There are several limitations of setting up Transmission using the plugin: Plugin …
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FreeNAS 11.3 + Transmission plugin + OpenVPN + AirVPN + IPFW Killswitch

Intended Audience This post may be of interest if you are setting up the Transmission plugin under FreeNAS 11.3. If you’re still on FreeNAS 11.2 refer to the post here instead. Edit (22/03/2020): There are a number of advantages to installing Transmission in and iocage jail rather than use a plugin. To find out more, …
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FreeNAS 11.2 + Transmission plugin + OpenVPN + AirVPN + IPFW Killswitch

Intended Audience This post may be of interest if you are setting up the Transmission plugin for the first time under FreeNAS 11.2, or, you are switching from using Transmission under legacy versions of FreeNAS (version 11.1 or earlier). If you are on FreeNAS 11.3, refer to the post here instead. Assumptions The reader has …
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FreeNAS and Samba Standalone DFS

Intended Audience This post may be of interest if you’re interested in accessing SMB shares hosted on different servers on your network through a single namespace. Assumptions The guide is suitable for a small business or home network that doesn’t use a domain controller for authenticated access. Windows PCs are predominantly in use on the …
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