Saturday, April 3, 2010

Installing a NAS (D-link DNS-321)

I added a DNS-321 NAS to my home network. Here's how I installed it using Ubuntu 9.10:

  1. Install the 3.5" SATA drives. They aren't included. I used 2x 1TB drives.
  2. Add it to the local wired network. Turn it on.
  3. Log in to the router to figure out the NAS IP address. Remember the IP address!
  4. Log into the NAS' buit-in web server (username ADMIN, no password) to format the drives, configure all the access, and learn the top-level-folder name.
  5. Create user accounts for all access

Here's how I access it using Ubuntu 9.10:

  • Get the Samba packages: sudo apt-get install samba smbfs

  • Create a mount point: sudo mkdir /media/Sharedrive

  • Add the following line to fstab: sudo nano /etc/fstab
    // /media/Sharedrive/ cifs nounix,uid=ubuntu_account_username,gid=ubuntu_account_username,file_mode=0777,dir_mode=0777,username=my_NAS_account_name,password=my_NAS_account_password 0 0
    # Your IP address and top-level-folder are very likely to be different.
    # Your uid and gid should be your Ubuntu username/groupname (your Ubuntu machine login name)
    # Your username and password are almost certainly different. 

  • Mount the new share using sudo mount -a

  • Unmount the new share using sudo umount /media/Sharedrive

  • Optional: Create a shortcut in the File Manager to make easy access to the mount point.

  • I haven't investigated automounting upon startup yet.

    Monday, February 8, 2010

    Using a US DOD CAC Card with Ubuntu 9.10

    Superseded by

    Adding a CAC Card reader and using a CAC card with Ubuntu used to be bloody hard. Getting the hardware recognized, getting the add-ons to Firefox and Evolution, installing the certificates, what a pain!
    Well, I tried agin, using the Ubuntu help center instructions at
    Result: I can log into AKO using my CAC Card! After four years of hoping. Hooray!