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by haertig
Mon May 08, 2017 3:04 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Tutorial: Getting rid of NOOBS, plus moving to external HDD
Replies: 1
Views: 967

Re: Tutorial: Getting rid of NOOBS, plus moving to external

I still have one issue to address. You can see that /dev/mmcblk0p1 is mounted as /media/pi/boot. I don't need /boot mounted, only if I ever decide to upgrade or manually edit some of the configuration. I can manually mount it if I need to do that. I want it unmounted, or at least mounted read-only,...
by haertig
Fri May 05, 2017 6:18 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: OpenVPN Config File
Replies: 7
Views: 6261

Re: OpenVPN Config File

O.P. - Why do you want to VPN into your Pi, as opposed to VPN'ing into your router (unless your Pi *is* your router)? I've always used VPN to connect to a network (my LAN), and your router is generally the best place to implement that. If I just want to connect to a single device on my LAN, SSH work...
by haertig
Mon May 01, 2017 12:52 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Question: Best practice for RPi3 boot setup for server use?
Replies: 15
Views: 2768

Re: Question: Best practice for RPi3 boot setup for server u

I was talking for my home setup, not work. I make sure work's data is secure - it's my job, but I make sure I treat my data just as well, if not better. - it's my recorded life (pictures, documents, home movies, emails, etc) I don't think using rsync for backup is any less secure than using a comme...
by haertig
Mon May 01, 2017 2:21 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Question: Best practice for RPi3 boot setup for server use?
Replies: 15
Views: 2768

Re: Question: Best practice for RPi3 boot setup for server u

Simple unix tools have their place, but are not a backup solution. I've heard good stuff about Amanda , but not had the time to test it. Understood. I was talking for my home setup, not work. And when I was talking about backups succeeding and being verified, then failing on restore, I was also tal...
by haertig
Sun Apr 30, 2017 6:16 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: OpenVPN Config File
Replies: 7
Views: 6261

Re: OpenVPN Config File

Assuming you are trying to set up an OpenVPN SERVER... I've set up several VPN's. Typically on routers running Tomato firmware. But that's just OpenVPN with a GUI frontend. The standard OpenVPN documentation is the best I've found, and is what I used when learning. https://openvpn.net/index.php/open...
by haertig
Sun Apr 30, 2017 12:52 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Tutorial: Getting rid of NOOBS, plus moving to external HDD
Replies: 1
Views: 967

Tutorial: Getting rid of NOOBS, plus moving to external HDD

I've received a lot of help from friendly folks here (I'm a new Pi user of about 4 weeks). So I thought I'd try to give something back. Below is a semi-blog-post, semi-tutorial of how I moved my 100% MicroSD card implementation to a split implementation using an external HDD, and got rid of NOOBS in...
by haertig
Sun Apr 30, 2017 12:28 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Question: Best practice for RPi3 boot setup for server use?
Replies: 15
Views: 2768

Re: Question: Best practice for RPi3 boot setup for server u

There is a train of thought that says you don't have a valid backup unless you've tested restoring data from it. That should be a required train of thought! The potential of failing during restore is why I do not like backup software that uses a proprietary format. And I don't like encrypted backup...
by haertig
Sat Apr 29, 2017 7:04 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Question: Best practice for RPi3 boot setup for server use?
Replies: 15
Views: 2768

Re: Question: Best practice for RPi3 boot setup for server u

At the end of the day, you still have all your data on one system and you will suffer data loss at some point (20+ years in backup/restore/DR/BC has given me this really pessimistic outlook). You should plan to backup your data elsewhere, and have tested recovery tools available if storing valuable...
by haertig
Fri Apr 28, 2017 2:10 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Why don't we announce products in advance?
Replies: 14
Views: 2418

Re: Why don't we announce products in advance?

For computers, new products are almost always better than the older version. The peripherals - case, fans, power supplies, DVD drives, etc. - not so much, because they are often cost reduced with cheaper build quality. But for a single board computer like a Pi, there's not a whole lot that you can c...
by haertig
Thu Apr 27, 2017 2:18 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Question: Best practice for RPi3 boot setup for server use?
Replies: 15
Views: 2768

Re: Question: Best practice for RPi3 boot setup for server u

...the SoC expects an MBR partition table... That's one option taken off the table now. One of those things that in the future I'll say, "that should have been so obvious". But when I didn't know that the Pi's bootcode doesn't recognize GPT, it wasn't quite so obvious. I'm learning. Thanks for the ...
by haertig
Thu Apr 27, 2017 1:42 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Question: Best practice for RPi3 boot setup for server use?
Replies: 15
Views: 2768

Re: Question: Best practice for RPi3 boot setup for server u

Thanks. Good info. I was planning on keeping the OS and data on separate partitions of the external disk if I decide to go that route. I think the boot partition needs to be FAT32, doesn't it? Then I'd probably go EXT4 for the root partition, and probably EXT4 for the user data partition too, but I'...
by haertig
Thu Apr 27, 2017 12:29 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Question: Best practice for RPi3 boot setup for server use?
Replies: 15
Views: 2768

Re: Question: Best practice for RPi3 boot setup for server u

Thanks for setting me straight on the terminology around here! I saw many using the term MSD, and assumed "Micro Secure Digital" = "MSD". And I thought "Hard Disk Drives" were called "HDD's", "Solid State Drives" were "SDD's". But in the Raspberry Pi context, I see that both of these would be called...
by haertig
Wed Apr 26, 2017 9:10 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Question: Best practice for RPi3 boot setup for server use?
Replies: 15
Views: 2768

Question: Best practice for RPi3 boot setup for server use?

I'm looking for recommendations for best practices for a 24x7x365 home server use of the RPi3. Specifically, booting the RPi3 from MicroSD card vs. booting from an attached USB HDD. The external drive is a Western Digital Red 4Tb NAS drive, GPT and EXT4, in a Rosewill fan-cooled external USB3/eSATA ...
by haertig
Wed Apr 26, 2017 4:42 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Question: RPi3: program_usb_boot_mode=1
Replies: 12
Views: 6303

Re: Question: RPi3: program_usb_boot_mode=1

Thanks again for all the replies. I have decades of both Linux and Unix administration experience, but I just bought my first RPi a few weeks ago. So I'm trying to learn the differences between the RPi and other systems I normally work on. So far I have my RPi running a home NextCloud server and an ...
by haertig
Tue Apr 25, 2017 3:59 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Question: RPi3: program_usb_boot_mode=1
Replies: 12
Views: 6303

Re: Question: RPi3: program_usb_boot_mode=1

Thanks for the replies. The point you raise I agree has no issue but would you like the RPF to go the route of MS or Apple??? You might have missed my point. It is not that I take issue with this bit being set by default or not. Either way is fine with me. And I have no problem setting it myself. My...
by haertig
Mon Apr 24, 2017 11:43 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Question: RPi3: program_usb_boot_mode=1
Replies: 12
Views: 6303

Question: RPi3: program_usb_boot_mode=1

program_usb_boot_mode=1 As I understand this setting, you must do it to enable USB boot, and it is irreversible. Also, it is still experimental and not guaranteed to work. I am wondering why it is not standard? I believe the RPi3 will always try to boot from it's MicroSD card before attempting to bo...

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