Five essential Docker containers for your home server

Running a server in your home network is a great addition to your digital life. There are countless of uses that you can make of it: from testing your personal projects to controlling home automation systems. But even if it is just for storing your files, like your personal DropBox, or for media services, a permanent point of presence completely under your control will give you extreme flexibility.

When it comes to services, I run everything in Docker and this is a list of the 5 applications that I find most useful for a home server.

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How to setup a VPN server in a FreeNAS jail

This post is not about configuring FreeNAS to connect to a VPN, but about running a VPN server inside FreeNAS, so you will be able to access all your jails and every host on your local (home) network from the outside, using the secure VPN tunnel.

Using a VPN connection is like sending a mail envelope inside another one: the external envelope is addressed to your VPN endpoint (the server), and only the server can extract the internal envelope and process it (i.e., forward it to the specified address) as if it originated locally (thus you can access private addresses on your local network). Replies will be sent back on the tunnel by securely re-encapsulating them in an external envelope.

So, after you are connected to your VPN, you can for example

ssh root@192.168.0.1

(or whatever addresses you are using) through the Internet.

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