IT / Sysadmin

Setting Up a Networked Time Machine Server in 2020

Alternative title: “How I Wasted Five Hours of my Life Doing Something That Should Have Been Really Simple”.

A few months ago, my original Apple AirPort Time Capsule, purchased October 2009, finally bit the dust. The original 1TB hard disk drive built into the network router + wireless access point + file share server device succumbed to its age. 11 years in tech years is basically 111 years, after all.

As sad as it was to lose the oldest working piece of tech I owned (along with all my historical snapshots), I had been mentally prepared for the inevitability and what the next steps were.

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Resolving brief L2TP VPN sessions and disconnect errors

I recently abandoned macOS as a server solution (future blog post about that BS) and have switched to Ubuntu. The straw that broke the camels back for me was a reliable VPN solution that didn’t involve OpenVPN.

Don’t get me wrong, OpenVPN is fine, but the lack of built-in support for macOS, iOS, and iPadOS clients and having to rely on clunky or expensive client packages for support felt like a non-starter for me.

Instead, I wanted a simple L2TP or IKEv2 VPN. Virtually every OS has built-in client support for them and they’re plenty secure. Plus, it’s very easy to deploy to Apple devices using a .mobileConfig file.

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