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Fedora 18 Tips and Tricks

Here are my Fedora 18 Tips and Tricks.

I have installed the new version of Fedora, Fedora 18. Here is how I installed everything to make it usable.

I was having problems finding our old friends at dnmouse who made Autoten/Autoplus. So one of my friends told me about Fedorautils.

 

 

 

To install Fedorautils:

su -c "curl http://master.dl.sourceforge.net/project/fedorautils/fedorautils.repo -o /etc/yum.repos.d/fedorautils.repo"

Then,

su -c "yum install fedorautils"

After installation, launch Fedora Utils from Applications > System Tools or type fedorautils in the terminal and start installing.

 

Everything worked great for me. I did need to restart to have the Nvidia drivers work properly, but that is normal.

Now to install the codecs for Fedora 18.

Download http://rpmfusion.org/keys?action=AttachFile&do=get&target=RPM-GPG-KEY-rpmfusion-free-fedora-18

and  http://rpmfusion.org/keys?action=AttachFile&do=get&target=RPM-GPG-KEY-rpmfusion-nonfree-fedora-18

Then you must copy them to your keys directory. Make sure you change the name on the copied file.

su -c  'cp RPM-GPG-KEY-rpmfusion-free-fedora-18 /etc/pki/rpm-gpg/RPM-GPG-KEY-rpmfusion-free-fedora-18-x86_64'

su -c  'cp RPM-GPG-KEY-rpmfusion-nonfree-fedora-18 /etc/pki/rpm-gpg/RPM-GPG-KEY-rpmfusion-nonfree-fedora-18-x86_64'

Now you can install your players and codecs.

su -c 'yum install gstreamer1 gstreamer1-plugins-good gstreamer1-plugins-bad-freeworld gstreamer1-plugins-ugly gstreamer1-libav vlc smplayer'

 

 

Another thing you will need is Gnome Teak Tool.
yum install gnome-tweak-tool

Gimp (I use it all the time).
yum install gimp

Libre Office
yum install libreoffice

Here is how to install dropbox on Fedora 18.
Found this how to over on TechnoZeal

http://www.zealfortechnology.com/2013/01/install-dropbox-on-fedora-18.html#comment-form

 

More to come.

Sorry it took me so long to get around to this.

 

 

 

 

Fedora 16 Tips and Tricks

Here is the next installment of  Tips and Tricks, this time for the new Fedora 16. The new Auto Plus from dnmouse.org makes adding all the things that the developers left out of Fedora 16.  The team at dnmouse.org has done a great job for all of us fedora users. For everything else I will show you how to add the software you need.

Get up to date

First I like to make sure I have all my packages up to date.

su -c 'yum update'

This will make sure you are up to date and ready to install all the other software.

Add some new Repos.

su -c 'rpm -Uvh http://rpm.livna.org/livna-release.rpm'

Install Auto Plus

(If you wish to use autoplus on rawahide/f16 then you must install the rpmfusion rawhide repo first, also vbox and dropbox wont work as there is no f16 repo’s yet)

su -c 'yum -y --nogpgcheck install http://dnmouse.org/autoplus-1.2-5.noarch.rpm'

Now just open Auto Plus which should be listed under System Tools and start installing your software.


Make sure to install all the codecs! The Skype installed failed for me.

Skype

You need to install some x86 libraries for skype to work on X64 (catch up skype!)

su -c 'yum install libXScrnSaver.i?86 libX11.i?86 libv4l.i?86 alsa-plugins-pulseaudio.i?86 qt-x11.i?86 libXv.i?86'

Now go to the Skype site and download Skype RPM and install it.

http://www.skype.com/intl/en-us/get-skype/on-your-computer/linux/downloading.fedora

Yumex

Of course install Yumex one of my favorites.

yum install yumex

Open Terminal for Nautilus

This allows you to open a terminal window, with a right button click, in a directory in  the Nautilus file browser.

su -c 'yum install nautilus-open-terminal nautilus-extensions'

Shutdown from the Desktop

I like to do a shutdown right from the desktop. Here is how to add this to Gnome.

su -c 'yum install gnome-shell-extensions-alternative-status-menu'

Then just log out and log back in, then you have the menu below.

 

Add the Date to your Clock

Really simple. Type this in a command line:

gsettings set org.gnome.shell.clock show-date true

 

MakeMKV

MakeMKV is your one-click solution to convert video that you own into free and patents-unencumbered format that can be played everywhere. MakeMKV is a format converter, otherwise called “transcoder”. It converts the video clips from proprietary (and usually encrypted) disc into a set of MKV files, preserving most information but not changing it in any way.

Here is the install process for Fedora. Then do your MP4s with Handbrake.

Handbrake

There is no Fedora 16 version of Handbrake on their site yet but the Fedora 15 seems to work.

http://handbrake.fr/rotation.php?file=HandBrake-0.9.5-1-Fedora15_GUI_i686.rpm (32-bit version)

http://handbrake.fr/rotation.php?file=HandBrake-0.9.5-1-Fedora15_GUI_x86_64.rpm (64-bit version)

 

 

Then you have it!

 

Enjoy,

Fedora 14 Tips and Tricks

After having some issues with Ubuntu 10.10 (blackscreen after an update) I decided to try Fedora 14. I was not real happy with Fedora 12 but thought I would give this disto another try. Like always Fedora leaves out some stuff your really need, like CODECS! The codec search tool that comes with Fedora has never worked, never. So here is how to load all the stuff you need or want in your Fedora 14 Distro. You need to get some other repositories that have the codecs and programs that Fedora does not supply. I like RPM Fusion and try to stay to the stable releases.


Add Repos:

rpm -Uvh http://download1.rpmfusion.org/free/fedora/rpmfusion-free-release-stable.noarch.rpm http://download1.rpmfusion.org/nonfree/fedora/rpmfusion-nonfree-release-stable.noarch.rpm

Installing Google Chrome Browser:

To add the google repository edit the file.

gedit /etc /yum.repos.d/google.repo (remove space after etc)

for 32 bit OS Version

[google]

name=Google - i386ff

baseurl=http://dl.google.com/linux/rpm/stable/i386

enabled=1

gpgcheck=1

 

gpgkey=https://dl-ssl.google.com/linux/linux_signing_key.pub

for 64-bit OS Version

[google64]

name=Google - x86_64

baseurl=http://dl.google.com/linux/rpm/stable/x86_64

enabled=1

gpgcheck=1

 

gpgkey=https://dl-ssl.google.com/linux/linux_signing_key.pub

Install Google Chrome Stable Version on Fedora 14

Just type this line on the root terminal

yum install google-chrome-stable

Pidgin Chat Client

yum install pidgin

Autoten installer for all kinds of stuff! Including your Codecs, thanks to dnmmouse.org for this nice little installer.

 

su -c 'yum -y --nogpgcheck install http://dnmouse.org/autoplus-1.2-4.noarch.rpm'


su -c 'rpm --import http://dnmouse.org/RPM-GPG-KEY-dnmouse'

This should have put an Autoten icon on your desktop use that to install all the other codecs you need!

Skype

You need to install some x86 libraries for skype to work on X64 (catch up skype!)

yum install libXScrnSaver.i?86 libX11.i?86 libv4l.i?86 alsa-plugins-pulseaudio.i?86 qt-x11.i?86

Of course install Yumex one of my favorites.

yum install yumex

Flash-plugin 64bit

Download it from here: http://labs.adobe.com/downloads/flashplayer10.html

Then select the 64 bit tar.

Unpack it then move the .so file to

/usr/lib64/mozilla/plugins/ or ~/.mozilla/plugins/

Restart your browser and you got it. This also causes the Chrome browser to flash to work.


Amahi Home Server Install

While searching for the perfect media server to use as a Home Server, I came across the Amahi Home Server.

The Amahi home server has some great features including:

  • Protect Your Computers Backup all your networked PCs simply and easily on your home network. If one of your PCs “dies” you can easily restore it!
  • Organize Your Files Access, share and search your files from any machine on your network, making it easy to share and find your photos, music and videos.
  • Internet Wide Access Automatically setup your own VPN so you can access your network from anywhere: safely and securely.
  • Private Internet Applications Shared applications like calendaring, private wiki and more to come, will help you manage your home and your family!

The package only requires you have a computer with:

  • 800MHz CPU
  • 4GB Disk, and
  • 512MB RAM
  • Drive space for a Media Server (depending on how many files you have)

Here is how I installed the system:

You need to go to the http://Amahi.org site and create an account then you are all set to install.

  • Boot the installation machine from the Fedora 12 installation DVD
  • Follow the instructions to install Fedora
  • Use the defaults to install Fedora in graphical mode (click the paper clips for screenshots).Use DHCP for the install process, unless you know you really need a static IP for install.
  • When asked for a “root” password note the password you create
  • Stop when you reach the “repositories” page. Unselect Office and Productivity, unless you really want it (e.g. to simultaneously use your HDA as a desktop)
  • Click on the “Add additional software repositories” button and add the Amahi repository with the following information:

Repository name: Amahi
Repository URL: http://f12.amahi.org

  • If asked to, enable your network interface
  • Once the network is up, click “Next” to complete the install
  • When installation is done, it will ask you to reboot. Reboot
  • After reboot, continue with the install and configuration, as you normally would
  • Fedora will ask you Create a User. Go ahead. Remember the credentials
  • NOTE: The first time you login in Amahi you will be asked to reset this user’s password
  • In the “Date and Time” screen, we recommend that you enable “Synchronize date and time over the network”
  • At the login screen, login as the user you created earlier on in the install
  • Once at the desktop, locate the Amahi Installer icon.
  • Launch the Amahi Installer by double-clicking in the desktop icon. Firefox should launch, with locationhttp://localhost:2000. Check the installation troubleshooting wiki page if this is not working for you.
  • Enter the install code for your HDA in the box and press Submit
  • Use your our HDA’s install code.
  • After the install completes, your HDA should be working, however, it’s required that you reboot to get everything working
  • After the reboot, your HDA should be fully functional. Login using the username/password you created in Fedora. Enjoy!
  • If your HDA has network connectivity and you are satisfied, you can then optionally turn off your router/gateway’s DHCP server and reboot all the systems in your network (so that they all get their DHCP lease from your HDA). This is the recommended configuration, where you enjoy all the features of your Amahi HDA.
  • If you prefer to NOT use your HDA’s built-in DHCP server, turn it off because it’s on by default and it could cause conflicts
  • Log in and look around.

When your Amahi HDA comes up, you should be able to find the various areas of your HDA:

  • The Dashboard: http://hda – This page is meant to be your “Home Page” at home
  • Rest of the setup pages at http://setup where you can:
  • Setup the Users and Shares
  • Install new apps, like AmahiTunes, the DLNA server, Wikis, CMSs, Blogs …
  • … and more
  • Login Screen

    Control Panel

    Storage tab on Control Panel

    Large list of installable apps

    Here are some tips!

    • Short URLs: on most operating systems, simply typing hda or setup in the URL box of your web browser will take you to the dashboard and the setup pages! Same with the Apps installed!
    • Install Amahi DLNA server, works great with the PS3 or Xbox.
    • Browse through the apps and install apps that you like!
    • Back up your system onto the shares in your HDA periodically and stay safe

    How to Clear your Flash Cache

    If you use your computer for web browsing and for watching Flash content. There is a good chance you have a lot of flash information cached on your machine. This can cause you not to see updates on flash enabled sites. Just cleaning out your web cache is not enough, your Flash Media Cache can still have information in it. Here is how to clean out your Flash Cache:

    Point your browser to:
    http://www.macromedia.com/support/documentation/en/flashplayer/help/settings_manager07.html

    You should see a screen like this:

    Now click on the site you want to want to clean up and click on Delete Website, or you can just click on Delete all sites.

    You are all set to get the new version of the flash video or flash game you were looking for.

    Thanks to the team at BlindValet.com for the tip.

    Enjoy,

    Free TV and Movies for the PS3

    When searching for video content on the web, I noticed a lot of sites don’t work on the PS3. The media sites either need a proprietary player or a new version of Flash. After trying Hulu (needed newer flash), ABC and NBC (both needed a proprietary player), I was having trouble finding any good sites with current TV shows that could play on the PS3.  I decided to find some sites I could use. Here is a list of sites that work on the PS3.

    Read the full article at PS3 Media Servers.

    Keeping Your Family Safe Online

    OpenDNS homeKeeping your family safe online can be a hard. There are some great tools out there, but you need one that is easy to use and cost effective

    A great solution is OpenDNS. I have been using OpenDNS in my home for the last 2 years. It is easy to set up and works on your whole network and best of all it is free. OpenDNS has Award-winning OpenDNS Parental Controls that divides the Internet’s content into more than 50 categories. Simply choose your desired filtering level, from “High” to “Minimal,” and check a box. Your filtering preferences take effect in just minutes. Further customize your preferences by adding additional categories like “Social Networking,” “Hate” and “Gambling,” or individual Web sites like MySpace.com that are problematic or unsafe for your household. Also since using OpenDNS my computers have been virtual free of spyware!

    What is DNS?

    Networked computers use IP addresses to locate and connect to each other, but IP addresses can be difficult for people to remember. For example, on the web, it’s much easier to remember the domain name www.amazon.com than it is to remember its corresponding IP address (207.171.166.48). DNS allows you to connect to another networked computer or remote service by using its user-friendly domain name rather than its numerical IP address. Conversely, Reverse DNS (rDNS) translates an IP address into a domain name.

    Open DNS Features:

    Parental Controls

    Keeping your family safe online has never been easier. OpenDNS gives you more than 50 filtering categories to choose from. Simply check the boxes of the categories you want to block and watch your filtering take effect within minutes.

    Faster, More Reliable Internet
    Rid your household of annoying, intermittent Internet outages. Switch to OpenDNS and immediately notice a faster, more reliable Internet experience. Join the millions who’ve already unbundled their DNS service from their ISP’s Internet connection.

    Phishing Protection and Security
    Take the guesswork out of identifying phishing Web sites with OpenDNS’s industry-leading anti-phishing service. We’ll tell you when the site you’re trying to visit is fraudulent.

    OpenDNS Guide
    Search results get you back on track when you mistype a URL or try to visit a site that’s down. Our smart “did you mean?” spelling suggestions help point you in the right direction, instead of showing you a hard-to-understand error page.

    Shortcuts
    Map short and easy-to-remember terms to your favorite Web sites with OpenDNS Shortcuts. Set up personal Shortcuts that work just for you, or Network Shortcuts that work for everyone in your household.

    Customization
    Add your favorite image and a custom message to the OpenDNS Guide and blocked pages to personalize the feel of OpenDNS for your household. Use different messages for different pages.

    Remember I said it was easy to set up? Here are the directions in a few Quick Steps:

    1. Create a free account, and confirm the email address.
    2. Go to the Settings tab.
    3. Add a network using your current IP address (displayed on the page).
    4. Click your new networks’s IP address to access its settings.
    5. Click “Advanced Settings” on the left.
    6. Check the box to “Enable dynamic IP update.” Be sure to apply your settings at the bottom of the page.
    7. Learn how to keep your address updated. If you don’t keep the IP updated, your preferences will not be applied, and your statistics will not be collected — though you will still be using OpenDNS

    Here is the free software to keep you IP address updated.

    Take a look at the easy how to videos from Open DNS

    How to videos http://www.opendns.com/support/videos

    Awards & Recognitions

    see more awards…

    Hope this helps to keep your family safe and virus free.

    Enjoy,

    Removal of Antivirus 2010

    Antivirus 2010 is a rogue anti-spyware program from the same family as Antivirus 2008 and Antivirus 2009. Like its previous incarnations, Antivirus 2010 is advertised through the use of advertisements on the Web pretending to be online anti-malware scanners. These advertisements pretend to scan your computer and then state that your computer is infected and that you should download and install Antivirus 2010 to remove these infections. These rogues are also known to be advertised and installed through Trojans that display fake security alerts in your Windows taskbar stating you are infected. Once you click on one of these alerts, it will bring you to the download page for Antivirus 2010, or even download and install it without your permission.

    Once Antivirus 2010 is installed on your computer, it will be automatically configured to run when you logon to Windows. This is done by adding a startup that launches the C:\Windows\System32\wingamma.exe executable. This executable will then launch the AV2010.exe and the fake Windows Security Center. Once running, it will scan your computer and list a variety of infections that cannot be removed unless you first purchase the software. This infection will also randomly display fake security alerts on your computer stating that you are infected or have some sort of security risk. If you click on these alerts, it will prompt you to purchase the software. These fake alerts, along with a fake Windows Security Center that advertises Antivirus 2010, are used to further scare you into thinking you are infected so you purchase the software.

    Another new addition to these types of rogues is the creation of a fake Blue Screen of Death. At random intervals, Antivirus 2010 will create what appears to be a Windows crash, but in reality is just a fake screen. These fake crashes are used to further persuade you into purchasing the software. If you receive this crash, you can simply reboot your computer , or try pressing Alt-Tab or Control-Alt-Delete to get out of it. The text of the crash is:

    ***STOP: 0x000000D1 (0x0000000, 0xF73120AE, 0xC0000008, 0xC000000)

    A spyware application has been detected and Windows has been shut down to prevent damage to your computer


    SPYWARE.MONSTER.FX_WILD_0x0000000

    If this is the first time you’ve seen this Stop error screen, restart you [sic] computer. If this screen appears again, follow these steps:


    Click to make sure your antivirus software is properly installed. If this is a new installation, ask you software manufacturer for any antivirus updates you might need.

    Windows detected unregistered version of Antivirus 2010 protection on your computer. If problem continue, please activate your antivirus software to prevent computer damage and data loss.

    *** SRV.sys – Address F73120AE base at C0000000, DateStamp 36b072a3


    How to remove Antivirus 2010 (Uninstall Instructions)

    What this programs does:

    Threat Classification:

    Information on Rogue Programs & Scareware

    Tools Needed for this fix:

    Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware

    Symptoms that may be in a HijackThis Log:

    O2 – BHO: IEDefenderBHO – {FC8A493F-D236-4653-9A03-2BF4FD94F643} – C:\Windows\System32\IEDefender.dll

    O4 – HKLM\..\Run: [Windows Gamma Display] C:\Windows\System32\wingamma.exe /adjustment

    Automated Removal Instructions for Antivirus 2010 using Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware:

    Print out these instructions as we will need to close every window that is open later in the fix.

    Download Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware, or MBAM, from the following location and save it to your desktop:

    Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware Download Link

    Once downloaded, close all programs and Windows on your computer, including this one.

    Double-click on the icon on your desktop named mbam-setup.exe. This will start the installation of MBAM onto your computer.

    When the installation begins, keep following the prompts in order to continue with the installation process. Do not make any changes to default settings and when the program has finished installing, make sure you leave both the Update Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware and Launch Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware checked. Then click on the Finish button.

    MBAM will now automatically start and you will see a message stating that you should update the program before performing a scan. As MBAM will automatically update itself after the install, you can press the OK button to close that box and you will now be at the main program as shown below.

    On the Scanner tab, make sure the the Perform full scan option is selected and then click on the Scan button to start scanning your computer for Antivirus 2010 related files.

    MBAM will now start scanning your computer for malware. This process can take quite a while, so we suggest you go and do something else and periodically check on the status of the scan. When MBAM is scanning it will look like the image below.

    When the scan is finished a message box will appear as shown in the image below.

    You should click on the OK button to close the message box and continue with the Antivirus2010 removal process.

    You will now be back at the main Scanner screen. At this point you should click on the Show Results button.

    A screen displaying all the malware that the program found will be shown as seen in the image below. Please note that the infections found may be different than what is shown in the image.

    You should now click on the Remove Selected button to remove all the listed malware. MBAM will now delete all of the files and registry keys and add them to the programs quarantine. When removing the files, MBAM may require a reboot in order to remove some of them. If it displays a message stating that it needs to reboot, please allow it to do so. Once your computer has rebooted, and you are logged in, please continue with the rest of the steps.

    When MBAM has finished removing the malware, it will open the scan log and display it in Notepad. Review the log as desired, and then close the Notepad window.

    You can now exit the MBAM program.

    Your computer should now be free of the Antivirus2010 program. While this version is free, you may want to consider purchasing the PRO version of Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware to protect against these types of threats in the future. There is no harm in paying for good software.

    Associated Antivirus 2010 Files:

    c:\Program Files\AV2010

    c:\Program Files\AV2010\AV2010.exe

    c:\Program Files\AV2010\svchost.exe

    c:\WINDOWS\system32\IEDefender.dll

    c:\WINDOWS\system32\wingamma.exe

    c:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Desktop\AV2010.lnk

    c:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\AV2010

    c:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\AV2010\AV2010.lnk

    c:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\AV2010\Uninstall.lnk

    Associated Antivirus 2010 Windows Registry Information:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\AV2010

    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\AppID\{3C40236D-990B-443C-90E8-B1C07BCD4A68}

    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\AppID\IEDefender.DLL

    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{FC8A493F-D236-4653-9A03-2BF4FD94F643}

    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\IEDefender.IEDefenderBHO

    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\IEDefender.IEDefenderBHO.1

    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Interface\{7BC7565C-5062-43CE-8797-DC2C271140A9}

    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\TypeLib\{705FD64B-2B7B-4856-9337-44CA1DA86849}

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Browser Helper Objects\{FC8A493F-D236-4653-9A03-2BF4FD94F643}

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Control\Class\{4D36E972-E325-11CE-BFC1-08002bE10318}\0012

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Control\Class\{4D36E972-E325-11CE-BFC1-08002bE10318}\0013

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Control\Class\{4D36E972-E325-11CE-BFC1-08002bE10318}\0014

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run “Windows Gamma Display”

    Remember Linux does not get Viruses.

    Keep the Hard Drive Bugs Away With RAID

    I recently had a hard drive crash and I lost some important files. So I decided to safeguard my backups a little better buy building a RAID (Redundant Array of Independent Disks). The basic idea behind RAID is to combine multiple small, inexpensive disk drives into an array which is more stable than independent disks. This array of drives will appear to the computer as a single logical storage unit or drive.

    RAID: Hardware vs. Software

    Hardware RAID is just like it sounds, it is a piece of hardware. It is usually faster than a software RAID but you need to have the piece of hardware. The RAID SATA controllers are really coming down in price but you still need to have the hardware.

    Software RAID is controlled by the Kernel and it is little slower than the hardware RAID but if you are using it for backups it only has be be faster than the network connection. Plus it is Free!

    I went with a software RAID. I had 3 300gig IDE hard drives so I installed them and then configured the RAID.

    First you have to set the drives up to take the RAID.

    Run fdisk to find all you drives, you don’t want to wipe out the wrong drive by accident.

    sudo fdisk -l

    In my case the drives were sdc sdd and sde.

    sudo fdisk /dev/sde

    You must set the tag to fd (Raid Auto-detect), if you need to know how to use fdisk let me know and I can post a short how-to. Repeat this for each drive.

    After I change each drive I run partprobe, you probably don’t have to run that until you are done with all of them but I do it just to be sure.

    sudo partprobe

    Now that your drives are configured lets build the array. I opted for RAID 5. Run the following command to create the array. Be sure to change the drive letters for the ones you configured during the fdisk steps.

    sudo mdadm -C /dev/md0 –chunk=64 – -level=5 –raid-devices=3 /dev/sd{c,d,e}1

    Now format the array.

    sudo mke2fs -j -b 4096 -E stride=16 /dev/md0

    After the format is complete check to see if your array is up and running.

    sudo mdadm –detail /dev/md0

    Next we need to ad the array to the fstab so it comes up during boot.

    sudo gedit /etc/fstab

    Add in your drive by adding a line something like this (you fstab may be slightly different).

    /dev/md0 /RaidArray ext2 defaults,errors=remount-ro 0 1

    Remount the drives,

    sudo mount -a

    Then watch what you have done, the array should be building.

    sudo watch cat /proc/mdstat


    Now for extra credit, lets set up email notification. This way you can get an email id there is a failure or a drve goes to a degraded state.

    sudo gedit /etc/mdadm/mdadm.conf

    Add your email

    MAILADDR yourname@hostname.com

    Start the monitor

    sudo mdadm – -monitor /dev/md0 &

    There you go! It will be used like a regular drive from now on. If something goes wrong with one of your drives you will not loose all the data, and you should get a email of the failure.

    Enjoy!

    Megatron

    Megatron

    Megatron

    Megatron is my computer and the home work horse. The machine started off as a rack mounted server, but it was to loud to run all day and night even if it was in the basement. Also it only had room for 3 drives… not enough. So I got a Extended ATX case for the monster motherboard and built it up.

    The specs:

    • Dual 2.5 ghz Opteron 64bit
    • 8gig  Ram
    • 2 – 1000 nics one 100 nic
    • Nvidia 8400 video card dual monitor output
    • 6 USB2.o ports
    • 3 terabytes of Harddrive
    • 7.1 surround sound

    The Software:

    The Jobs:

    • Media streaming (Audio and Video)
    • Encoding
    • Network backups
    • Shared Drives
    • Torrent server
    • Internal webserver
    • Podcast downloading
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