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When things would be easy ….

Tuesday, March 25th, 2008

…. everyone could do!!

It started very harmless with me strolling into town on saturday. And how could it be different than with me ending up within a bigger electronic store looking for new things (better said toys) there.

I ended up in from of a bigger stack ofย  externel USB2.0 disks offered for an extreme good price. Seeing then and having my lovely little NSLU2 server in mind I bought one to have a second backup disk for it.

At that point it might be worth to mention that it curiously started with me I having the idea to go for some always running and accessible NAS backup device for my home lan. Playing with a few different devices, I finally found out about the NSLU2 as the absolute best buy in my eyes and since then device has quickly emerged to the central file and web server (even accessible from outside) within my lan …. Just without backup!! ๐Ÿ˜

But now!! And with the deep intention to create the urgent needed backup immediately …. Can you imagine my face when I discovered that my loved little server refuses to reboot after I had connected the 2nd drive to it???

Thanks god the answer was not far away …. a bug within the flash! Devices get randomly assigned their drive assigments e.q. /dev/sda and /dev/sdb in the order of their ready signal is indicated after boot …. How stupid!!

And the answer it?!! “Filesystem Labels” and/or “UUID”ย  …..ย  And now I have to update the flash image myself! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Troubleshooting Debian on the NSLU2
How to mount disks by label
How to change the kernel command line used by Debian / NSLU2
How to build a new Debian/NSLU2 image

ps: Thanks god for all these little toys!!

Remote System Management

Monday, February 25th, 2008

Last year I started to play a bit with a really interesting little device from Cisco called NSLU2. It is a so called NAS storage device offering server functionality for disks attached via USB within a LAN.

It is a really inexpensive way to serve disk space within your local LAN at home. And as for the device has become famous for tweaking and modding world wide, with a special replacement firmware (Debian slug) and a bit of knowledge you can even modify and run it as full featured Ftpserver and Webserver (supporting a LAMP environment) accessible from the internet.

Being fascinated by this little device myself, I shared all the info about with a friend living at OZ and it ended with me buying a 2nd device and shipping it over (it is cheaper to buy here than there) and doing a full remote setup over the internet this weekend.

That is what I call a successful remote System Management! Thats Tops!! ๐Ÿ˜‰