Google offering 5 travel grants for female computer scientists (EuroBSDCon 2014)

GFE_Google is offering 5 travel grants for female computer scientists to attend EuroBSDCon 2014. The deadline to apply is Sunday, August 31st.

As part of Google’s ongoing commitment to encourage women to excel in
computing and technology, Google is pleased to offer Women in Tech
Travel and Conference Grants to attend the EuroBSDcon 2014

5 grants are offered, which include:
* Free registration for the conference
* Up to 1000 EUR towards travel costs (to be paid after the conference)

To be eligible for a grant, the candidate must:
* Be a woman working in or studying Computer Science, Computer
Engineering, or a technical field related to the conference subject
* Have a strong academic background
* Demonstrate leadership in the workplace or in school
* Attend the core day(s) of the main conference

Head on over the following link to find out how to apply:!europe

Time Machine backups on FreeBSD 10

hero_timemachine_lgThis article by shows us how to create Time Machine backups in FreeBSD 10 through netatalk3.

I usually work on a Macbook, and I use keyless ssh with a cron job to do nightly backups.  It works very well.  However, I decided to try backups with Time Machine, using my FreeBSD-10 server as the host.

The first step is to install netatalk3, and nss_mdns

pkg install netatalk3
pkg install nss_mdns

For the full instructions, check out the following page:

VMWare Tools on FreeBSD 10

LOGO1This article shows us how to use VMWare Tools on FreeBSD 10.

As of February 2014, VMware Tools that come with ESXi 5 or Fusion don’t work out of the box on FreeBSD 10. I wrote some patches so that one can compile them manually. Luckily, FreeBSD 10 comes with support for vmxnet3 virtual network cards. Anyhow, you’ll need at least the kernel source tree in /usr/src/sys, Perl, and compat6x-amd64 (or compat6x-i386).

For full instructions, head on over to the following link:

I wrote an automated installer for the source code patches so people could easily do this on both 5.1+ and 5.5

You should also mention as in most cases people won’t need the official tools and are fine with the one in ports.

* Thanks to reader Miklos for the tip!

FreeBSD Journal July/August Issue now available

The 4th and July/August edition of the FreeBSD Journal is now available through Amazon, iTunes, and the Google store. In this issue, there are sections about FreeBSD and virtualization, Amazon’s EC2, bhyve, Xen, the USE Method, etc.

Check out the official post here:

More information on how to subscribe here:

Flash Memory Summit 2014 – FreeNAS

FreeNAS_logo_lightDuring the Flash Memory Summit, Chris (Tweaktown) spoke to Matt and Josh (iXsystems) about the future of the FreeNAS project. In addition, they discuss TrueNAS, an enterprise version of FreeNAS.

We sat down with Josh and Matt from iXsystems while at the show. Matt and Josh unloaded a lot of information about FreeNAS and where the project is headed. It sounds like the big push for the second half of this year revolves around making the product more user friendly. A new wizard system should tame the complicated but powerful storage specific operating system.

The FreeNAS developers also also pitched us TrueNAS, not that it was difficult to make us listen. iXsystems will soon offer TrueNAS in an all flash array, something we’re excited about. The current builds of TrueNAS use hybrid storage pools with flash acceleration.


Simple ZFS Backup Script

This article by Daemon Security shows us how to create a simple ZFS backup script in FreeBSD.

ZFS is a powerful filesystem that helps to maintain integrity by avoiding data corruption. A useful feature of ZFS is its ability to clone filesystems. Creating snapshots allows for filesystems to be cloned and restored if anything happens to the original data. Going beyond this is the ability to maintain incremental changes between snapshots. There are a number of scripts available that setup a similar backup system, but the idea here is to maintain a current dataset, with the ability to restore from two previous backups.

The first step is to setup a backup system, or backup drive to use for the ZFS snapshots. In this setup, there is a separate remote FreeBSD system where the snapshots will be stored. This remote system has an encrypted ZFS filesystem (AES XTS with geli on boot), which provides a secure backup of the data. The root account on the local system is setup with an SSH key and this is deployed to the remote system:

Check out the official post for step-by-step instructions: