Cloudberry Fail

One of the things that keeps us awake at nights is the fear that a ransomware attack will take out one or more of our clients. They don’t seem quite as worried as us, maybe because they have us to worry? But really the only sure fire way of having your backups safe from an encryption program that will attack your server is to have the backups not connected to your server, or not writable. This means that we have a strategy for some customers which involves connecting and disconnecting backup drives to the server, but that’s not...

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Pi-Hole on Synology in Docker

This is just a short note on installing this. It is a very quick process, but it took me way longer than it should have because I misunderstood a couple of things. ¬† Why? Pi-Hole is a very lightweight DNS server that you can place on your network. It will ignore calls to most advertising sites, effectively getting rid of advertisements. It’s great because it does not require anything installed on individual devices, works for your entire network and is simple to set up. Here’s a link to the Pi-Hole site I have plenty of spare...

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Credit Card Payment Providers

I’ve just spent some time comparing payment providers in an attempt to Get a better deal than I currently get from the bank reduce the ongoing costs from the bank Just to be clear, I’ve been using Xero for some time to do all of my invoicing (I moved over from Lightspeed because they started removing features from the software and tried to move me to their cloud hosted product which would have doubled my yearly spend) Obviously making it easy for your clients to pay your invoices has a lot of benefits for both you and your...

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Virtualising Your Physical Mac Assets- P2V

So I hope you haven’t bothered to read my 2000 word epic about this that I’ve been working on for weeks. It’s essentially a very long laundry list of things that don’t work. After getting VMWare involved I did think however that we might both figure it out, or at least get some pointers. This was until today, when they said ‘oh no, you can’t do that….’ To which I replied ‘yes you can, several people have done it. I just want you to tell me what the easiest or recommended way...

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Virtualising Servers on a Mac ESXi Host

I’m writing this one because I’ve faced quite a few gotchas, and I’m still not there yet. The basic theory is to take a whole bunch of servers that I currently run and make them into virtual machines that can be moved around and generally make more efficient use of the infrastructure we currently have. None of the current servers have a heavy workload so it makes sense to do this. Also it might be my last chance to do it in a sensible way with Macs- since Apple introduced the new Mac Mini with only a dual core i5, your...

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Netgear and VPN Passthrough

I’ve just spent a couple of weeks fighting with a very frustrating problem- setting up VPN passthrough on a Netgear DGND3700v2. This is a reasonably high end device (for Netgear) and actually contains the ability to terminate VPN endpoints. However the built in VPN server does not support the built in VPN software in the Mac OS, and you have to use something like VPN Tracker¬†(up to $20 Aus per month) or IPSecuritas (free, but difficult to configure and support). I decided that the best option here would be to port forward the...

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