Build your own NAS device for free using OpenMediaVault

For a long time now I’ve been experimenting with different hardware and software solutions, looking for an all purpose storage server I could use both at home and in the office. At home I’ve basically just been after a centralised store for my photos, movies and documents with a level of integration that would also allow me to stream content to various different devices. In the office we need a bit more, so support for technologies such as Rsync, SSH, iSCSI, RAID drives and NFS have all been on my wish list.

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Oracle VirtualBox – virtualisation made quick, simple and free

Over the past few years we’ve used a variety of different virtualisation tools but have historically always stuck to a mixture of either VMWare tools (esxi, Player and Workstation) or Microsoft’s Hyper-V platform.

These have worked really well for building larger virtual server platforms but recently I was looking for a quick and easy to configure tool that I could use on my own desktop PC. I was just looking to build some simple test machines for evaluating software in a range of scenarios.

After some browsing I came across Oracle VirtualBox and I must say I’ve been impressed with it so far. Continue reading