Is the ldconfig step crucial for the VPN installation to work? When generating certificates I get error messages without running ldconfig as instructued. On reboot things seemed to work okay though.
Can ldconfig be added manually?
Moreover, what kind of VPN server is being set up? Is it IPSEC, Cisco, PPPD, etc, what encryption is used and what shared key etc (certificate)? I feel that perphas some info about this is missing here, but I suppose it's elsewhere for OpenVPN. I am using Mac OS X Snow Leopard (built-in support for IPSEC, Cisco, PPPD VPN's) and would prefer a very secure VPN indeed.
Novice questions and reflections (some are specific to Mac OS X hosts)
Here are some more things that I am wondering about. I would be very grateful for some pointers or advise!
- what is the best DLNA media server and why would one change the built-in one? Would be nice with a very "good-looking" one with nice frontends, playlists, searching features even, etc. Not quite sure what to expect and what can be done, and what is available — if it is even worthwhile to install something else?
- is torrent downloading reasonable fast and what is the recommended torrent utility — is there one with a Mac OS X frontend for drag and drop even?
- is it possible to create playlists for Video and Music (iTunes?) Is it possible to sync music shared from the My Book in the host's iTunes to an iDevice or is it for playing only…? Is there a workaround for that perhaps (Mac)? Nothing is mentioned in the MyBook User's Manual about playlists as far as I can tell! Are they supported for iTunes and how are they implemented? m3v files or sub-directories or both? How about Videos?
- is it possible to rename the Public Videos folder to e.g. "Movies" and similar for other folders?
- why does not the entire server mount on the /Volumes/SERVER directory. Now rather e.g. /Volumes/Public appears if I choose to access the Public directory. Is that the intended behavior and can it be changed?
- why are all users "home" (not quite?) folders shown on the device? Is it not more sensible to put the currently logged in users home folder under /Home or similar rather? Or else at least to hide the other users folders if they are not logged in anyway…? Can this be tuned by settings in /etc/ or similar on the device?
- is it possible to set up the server to have authorized_keys for ssh? I tried to do this by adding either to /etc/authorized_keys or ~root/.ssh but neither seemed to work! Is there a way…?
- using a LG BD390 Blu-ray top-rated receiver the videos skip and freeze quite a bit over Gigabit Ethernet. On the iPad on the other hand it goes very smooth. Is this presumably an LG-issue or could it also be part of the media-server somehow?
- will VPN via My Book II be reasonable fast or is the device too slow? Similarly if used as a web server (Apache slowest? better alternative?) Similarly if used as a web proxy (best alternative being squid??) What is the performance, have anyone done some benchmarks…? What is "best practice" ipkg packages to use in combination etc?
- how can I configure my network so that AFS devices connected to a AirPort Extreme base station (AFS=Apple File System, network file system aka netatalk I think) co-exists nicely with the My Book II *externally* i..e. so that I can access both the AFP Mac devices HFS+ and the MyBook II externally e.g. via AFS or else Samba?
- some apps especially all I have tried for iPad, have quite a delay before the My Book II is found. It is not (directly) detected on the network! Why not? I often have to refresh 5-10 times before the device is actually shown. Can this be optimized somehow by sending network tokens/mdns-repsonder settings etc?
- what is the fastest way to fill the harddrive with initial data given that one have e.g. some firewire drives to copy from? Is direct Ethernet cable faster than going via a router nearby (e.g. Airport Extreme), gigabit considered etc?
- is it possible to connect Apple JHFS+ formatted drives to the MyBook II World edition somehow? Can this filesystem be added… If so, the above questions might be answered by connecting JHFS+ formatted drives to the MyBook II via the USB port (for dual or triple interface devices where this is possible).
- Suggestion or question — meta package for UNIX-tools available for easy install and choice…? Is there an Optware meta-package say unix-tools that contains a set of useful standard UNIX tools such as less, netstat, … ? Maybe a good idea? This would be most helpful to set things up. Similarly for X11 environment or Apache standard installations. Maybe already in place…?