Upgrading FreeBSD 9.0 to 9.1 using freebsd-update

Here a quick outline of upgrading FreeBSD from 9.0 to 9.1 on a Soekris 4801 i had installed just two days ago to be a small encrypted fileserver.

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FreeBSD 9.1 released

A huge thanks to the FreeBSD team for releasing FreeBSD 9.1 – bringing us a lot of improvements such as a ton of new drivers (new INTEL GPU driver), a new C+11 stack, a stable version of the tmpfs filesystem, improvements to zfs, performance improvements on certain CPU, and much much more. Feels like a delayed Christmas gift.

Read the Release Notes for more details

As a side note: The FreeBSD Foundation has reached their funding Goal for 2013 – which i think is great news. The proverbial finger to all the nonbelievers: Not only did they reach the Goal, they exceeded it by at least 20% last time i checked. So much for relevance…thank you very much.

FreeBSD Basic Installation

General Information

FreeBSD doesn’t have a very graphical installer like various Linux distributions. This makes installing FreeBSD a bit trickier for beginners. With this guide, you will learn how to get FreeBSD installed with a vanilla install with the mini-ISO.

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3G Portable Internet Access

General Information

First of all, almost all of 3G modem in the market have a “Zero-CD” mode that will automaticaly install a driver when plug in to windows based os, so by default when we plug it in to our freebsd system, it will go to “Zero-CD” mode. We need to change this mode to a “Modem” mode in order to use it in our freebsd system.

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Build a Samba PDC with LDAP backend

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Build a Samba PDC on FreeBSD with a ldap backend. This will not let you authenticate ssh users just a plain samba server for your windows clients.

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Managing Jails

General Information

This document is an introduction to basic FreeBSD jails also called ‘fat jails’. We discuss an easy jail installation process. We will do some basic jail configuration and show you how to manage the jail environment. This document wil not cover building ‘chroot jails’ in a jail.

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Installing Jakarta – Tomcat

General Information

A straight forward manner to install the basic Jakarta – Tomcat server.

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Setup syslog-ng

General Information

At work we have a few Linux machines that are used for various things like dns and firewalling. It is a pain to log into each one of these machines when you have to troubleshoot something.

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UnrealIRCd – Basic Installation

General Information

This guide will explain how to install an irc server under your local user account in FreeBSD specifically, it might work under other versions of BSD as well. While there are many different types of IRC servers out there, this one will cover the one I’ve used the most (and used to run an IRC network with), UnrealIRCd. It’s very full featured while not hard on system resources and supports a wide array of services applications (such as NameServ, ChanServ, etc).

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OpenVPN 2

General Information

This guide will help you set up OpenVPN to allow remote users to securely connect to the internal LAN or use the VPN tunnel as an endpoint when on insecure wireless access points, allowing safe transmission of data without worries of being sniffed or intercepted.

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