Installing SQUID on a Synology NAS


I’m not going to go into exactly why (it’s a minor networking niggle following on from a change in broadband provider) but I wanted a simple HTTP proxy in my lab so that my lab VMs could get out on to the internet. Mostly for installing updates etc. Since my NAS is ideally placed in my network I thought that I’d use that. It’s only a short-term thing anyway. Now in order to get a proxy service on to the NAS, I needed to setup IPKG first. This allowed me to install and configure SQUID as follows: 1. Open an SSH session to the NAS 2. Download and install SQUID 3. Perform a couple of configuration commands 4. SQUID can now be started using /opt/etc/init.d/S80squid start Now there may be some additional changes you … [Read more...]

How to install IPKG on a Synology NAS


Sometimes you want to install “community” or third party packages on your Synology NAS and they require IPKG (Itsy Package Management System) to be present. Instruction about how to go about this seem to vary and are often specific for the CPU inside your NAS. The easiest method that I’ve found for getting IPKG installed is as follows... First job is to open an SSH session to the NAS and confirm what type of processor it has. This can be done using the following command: For my DS1513+ it returns: Next you need to dig around the site to find the correct bootstrap for your architecture. In my case it’s … [Read more...]

Installing Crashplan on ARM based QNAP


The downside of living in the boonies in the UK is that the broadband speeds can be a little on the rubbish side. When I moved to my current house 4 years ago, I knew I'd be giving up good internet for for something a bit lacking. I just didn't think it would take so long to get something better going. This is yesterday's speedtest: Since a nice man from BT is due to visit tomorrow to sort me out with that "something better", I can finally take advantage of some of the cloud offerings that really haven't been practical until now. Foremost amongst these offerings for me is the ability to backup all of the photos and files that my family and I have created or acquired over the years. They are all stored on a 4-year old QNAP … [Read more...]

Home Lab Build: vSpecialistLabs v2


So, time to update the home labs information, and yes, this time I may have overdone it a little in one or two areas. I spend most of Sunday rebuilding my home lab (christened some time ago as vSpecialistlabs v2), adding some elements, changing and tweeking some hardware, and removing other hardware I wasn't using at the time. Essentially, I've ended-up with a home lab that comprises the following aspects: Multi-site VM configuration, with multi-host clusters at both sites. iSCSI shared storage for main 'production' site. vSphere Replication to backup 'DR' site. Managed networking. Below is a picture of my home lab set-up, and you can immediately see where I may have gone OTT - screens! For some reason, I love to have … [Read more...]