Posts by MrMister2015

    Long time OMV2 user. Tried to cleanly install 3 (latest download) on a new USB stick. In the web front end I decrypted my 3 existing (sata) HDD's and mounted them in the file systems menu. Recreated all the shared folders. However, there are no mount point created in /media. So no data available. Is this a known bug maybe?

    For reference, this always of course worked in OMV2, as I often attach USB drives (with decrypt/mount) to use as backup. Everytime I click 'mount' a mount point in /media is created with the drive's ID.

    Any help is welcome, Ralph

    I've been using the NZBGet plugin for a long time, very happy with it. Except for one small annoyance. Files that created with NZBGet, are owned by "nzbget", group is set to "users" and the permissions are set to _rw_r_r

    Because I am a member of the "users" group myself, I only have read access to the files. After every download, I have to use the Reset Permissions option in the Shared Folders tab.

    I know there is a UMask setting in NZBGet (set at 1000 or disabled) that I tried, but never got it working.

    I would like for NZBGet to assign r/w access to the group owner.

    Any help is much appreciated,


    I see some requests for an automatic unlock.
    @igrnt would you please not touch the current manual unlocking mechanism? I like it to be manual. The server is seldom rebooted. So my suggestion would be that if you happen to work on an automatic unlock, make it very optional....

    Thanks, Ralph

    Maybe I'm overlooking something, but when I receive an e-mail message on the scheduled tasks, the subject is something like:
    Cron <root@NAS> /var/lib/openmediavault/cron.d/userdefined-fdfe2e5c-d68a-4093-94dc-f80222a628dd [NAS.lan]

    I have no idea what task was actually running (of course I get some info in the mail body). Is there a way to either include a "subject" field to the scheduled item (free format) or just set the subject of the e-mail to the actual task executed. Something like "snapraid sync"?



    If I may, why not RAID anymore? I thought RAID1 with regular parity check was a good way tp protect against unexpected hard drive failure. Is this continuous backup, or intermittent backup? What would be the benefit of snapraid over RAID1, or what Synology calls "Hybrid RAID" (not proprietary, by the way).

    I've been using RAID5 for years. In the end I think RAID is too complex for my purpose. Keep it simple. I need to be able to access an individual disk if any errors occur. RAID is good for uptime not for backup. It does not prevent you from deleting files. Snapraid could be usefull to detect bits gone wrong.


    Glad to know there's another option besides SpiderOak and iDrive. What do you think of them? Does the Crashplan client work properly in OMV?

    No, you need to run the Crashplan application from Mac or Win. On OMV you install the Crashplan engine (headless). Works great. See…an_On_A_Headless_Computer


    When I designed my backup plan, the main objective was to be able to get back to where I was within 2-3 days (worst case scenario involving new computer purchase and syncing back last-used docs from the remote encrypted backup) to 1-hour (simple internal hard drive failure, as I can run from the external clone if needed).

    True. My data is mainly our home video collection (800Gb) + my ripped and tagged CDs (1500Gb). If the house burns down, I can wait a couple of days to bring in the external disks. Meanwhile I would use Crashplan to restore my documents to any location and computer in minutes.

    I'm wondering how reliable is this strategy? Do you think I should change/improve it?

    There is always a balance between convenience and safety. It also depends on how often your files are changing. I've come to the following setup over the years.
    - Main OMV NAS: No RAID anymore, just a couple of 4Tb drives. Consider to use snapraid. I use the LUKS plugin to prevent data loss in case of theft.
    - Onsite backup. A couple of external USB drives. Manually connecting and mounting them every couple of weeks and rsyncing them with the NAS. Those USB drives are also LUKS encrypted.
    - Offsite backup. A couple of drives at my parents house. Bring them over and rsync them 2x per year. Also LUKS encrypted.
    - And (very important): I have a paid subscription with Crashplan. Running Crashplan on the OMV NAS box (and backing up almost 3Tb, not movies or downloads). This gives me the peace of mind that there is some sort of automatic continuous backup process running. I can easily restore individual files throughout the week. In case I change or delete a Word file for example. Crashplan costs about $100 per year unlimited. It can use your own encryption key if you want.

    There are little scenario's I can think of that are not covered this way. Hope this helps.


    May I suggest an UI enhancement for the main view of the plugin. If I have a number of devices, the only reference to them is by /dev/sdx format (1st column). That depends on the physical order of the connected devices to the mb and not on the actual hdd itself.

    Can we have another column with the device's serial number (ie: WD-WCC4E3PVNF54), the same as shown when creating a new device?

    I always pick the wrong passwords from my password manager for the devices when unlocking :-)

    Thanks, Ralph

    Great inputs... thanks. Does it matter what file system I use? Can I save MS Office and PDf files on a ext4 files system?

    Yes, you can save anything you want on that system. ext4 is just the filesystem used by OMV and is a very common and mature (as in solid) linux filesystem. You create a shared folder on OMV and just use it with the SMB/CIF services from your other pc's.

    A backup drive that is connected to the main system is not a good idea. At least you should have (1) your main system data with (2) an external backup that is disconnected after backup (in case of lighting/failure of the main system and (3) a 2nd backup off site (not in your house, so with others or in the cloud in case of fire or theft). If you ask me, having less than 3 copies (main system, onsite backup and offsite backup) does not qualify for a proper strategy. Of course it's up to you, just my 2 cents.

    Can I change the load notification parameters, so that I only get notified on the 5mins _succeeded_ items and not on the 'matched' (1min / 5min) items? I'm not interested in 1min load, only 5 or even better 15mins load avg. Are there any config parameters to play with?

    Thanks, Ralph

    ...but I get to the end of the installation without being given an ip address in which to use to enable me to log into.

    Follow the instructions from @subzero79. In my case I had to check from my dhcp server what address was assigned. I would like to add to the post above that it is not uncommon for the system _not_ displaying the IP address to connect to (it's just empty on the screen). Don't worry. Find out via suggested route. My suggestion would be to assign a static IP to the OMV box. Achieve this via your router and not via the OMV box/network/interfaces.

    Just a friendly consideration for all of you running your family/private data on your NAS (as I do). I have a lot of personal/family data (photos, family home movies from DV tapes to modern camera files as well as documents). Never really thought of what would happen if someone stole my NAS (apart from having multiple backups onsite and offsite of course). I would not be very happy if those items would fall into strange hands. I couldn't care about my downloaded music and movies. My solution is to encrypt my data drives with LUKS. There's a great plugin available for OMV. I could not be happier. Maybe a suggestion for other members of this forum.

    LUKS disk encryption plugin