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 [text]ipkg install squid[/text] 3. Perform a couple of configuration commands [text]squid -k parse squid -z ln -s /opt/etc/init.d/S80squid /usr/syno/etc/rc.d/[/text] 4. SQUID can now be started using /opt/etc/init.d/S80squid start Now there […]

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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: [text]cat /proc/cpuinfo | grep model[/text] For my DS1513+ it returns: [text]model: 54 model name: Intel(R) Atom(TM) CPU D2701   @ 2.13GHz model: 54 model name: Intel(R) Atom(TM) CPU D2701   @ 2.13GHz model: 54 model name: Intel(R) Atom(TM) CPU D2701   @ 2.13GHz model: 54 model name: Intel(R) Atom(TM) CPU D2701   @ 2.13GHz[/text] Next […]

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LonVMUG 23rd January 2014

First VMUG of the year*. That has a nice sound to it. Full of promises for lots of good events to come. The lovely folks who organise the London VMUG look to be putting on a super first event for 2014 and I’m looking forward to it. As well as having a distinctly “cloudy” flavour to it, there’s a series of lightning talks on home labs scheduled. I know that the committee have been debating a trial of this format for a while now because I’ve suggested it a time or two myself. It works very well at CloudCamp (which, coincidentally, is on the same day but starting at 6:30pm – register for it here if you’re interested) and I hope it will fit in very nicely here too. Track A Track B 0830 – 0945 Event Reception 1000 – […]

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New HP Proliant Microserver N40L

HP have recently updated their Proliant Microserver to sport a slightly nippier processor. As well as the 250Gb SATA drive it also now comes with 2Gb RAM as standard – although if you’re thinking of using one for a home lab Virtual Infrastructure you’d need to replace that with 2 x 4Gb sticks anyway. HP’s ongoing cashback deal for this little gem is still running too. Before cashback they’re about £200 + VAT meaning that once you get your cheque back from HP, they work out at only £120 each. Not bad at all for a home lab and the AMD NEO N40L 1.5Ghz dual-core processor should be enough to handle a reasonable lab-like load. ServersPlus are one of the places in the UK to pick one of these servers up. They even offer an ESXi 5 testbed bundle that […]

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