CrashPlan on QNAP

First up on my QNAP: offsite backup of my data in “the cloud”. QNAP’s recommended and integrated cloud backup provider was a bit too expensive for my taste, especially since I plan to backup nearly 1TB of data. After some serious googling I found the perfect candidate: CrashPlan.

CrashPlan’s software–written in Java–has two components, a server and a GUI client. This makes it a perfect candidate for QNAP. Get the server running in headless mode on my QNAP, then connect to it via the GUI client from my desktop machine.

  • First up with the QNAP, install Optware IPKG.
  • Then follow Cokeman’s excellent guide for CrashPlan on a QNAP.
  • Installed CrashPlan for OSX and modded the file to servicePort=4200 as in CrashPlan’s docs (to edit I used TextMate):
    $ mate /Applications/
  • Added a tunnel to my QNAP in SSHKeyChain(an excellent program to manage SSH connections and tunnels):

    SSHKeyChain CrashPlan tunnel configuration
    SSHKeyChain CrashPlan tunnel configuration
  • Open CrashPlan on Mac. Because of the ui.propertiesconfiguration change, you will now be connecting from CrashPlan’s Mac GUI to the CrashPlan engine on QNAP. Go through the CrashPlan setup, configure backup options, done!

    Connecting to headless CrashPlan engine via OSX GUI
    Connecting to headless CrashPlan engine via OSX GUI
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  1. […] have CrashPlan installed on my QNAP (see my previous post about that), and CrashPlan smartly autoupdates their software every now and then. Unfortunately this […]

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