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    Monday, February 11 2019, 08:55 AM - #Permalink
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    Hello,

    ClearOS works well for me all those years and I use it since the 5.1 times. What I always missed was a webaccess app to allow easy file sync between ClearOS machines. I know this can be done using rsync and so on, but a "push this button method" would be great. Especially, since ClearOS has a VPN app for site to site connections.

    Thanks.

    Best wishes,

    Robert
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    Sunday, February 10 2019, 07:05 PM - #Permalink
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    Hello Dave and all,

    Despite this is my first post, I use ClearOS since nearly 4 years for personal use as an Internet gateway/router and NAS. I am still amazed it is so stable!

    I am glad being able sharing with you my concern: I want being sure my data would be safe in case my server would be stolen. In Ubuntu, before version 18.04, the personal folder was encrypted until we connected at least once. That feature would be great for ClearOS because the server can automatically restart after a power outage and thus leave our data safe until we connect through SSH once (or better, through http/s for example). I don't want to type a password on the physical console (and, by the way, I don't have one for that server!).

    I could implement that manually, but an out of the box solution would be appreciated :-)
    I hope my suggestion would useful or give you some ideas.

    Best Regards,
    Sylvain
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    Saturday, February 09 2019, 08:11 PM - #Permalink
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    A dashboard for adding formatting and the removal of drives, including raid etc, under Linux this has allways been an issue, if windoze can make it easy, why not Linux. ?
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    Friday, February 08 2019, 05:05 PM - #Permalink
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    The Wireless interface brought back into IP settings and the AP app capable of supporting 802.11n and 802.11ac and multiple radios and NIC's (I believe some NICs declare two radios on a single interface and other declare themselves as 2 NICs when they support both bands simultaneously)
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    Friday, February 08 2019, 03:54 PM - #Permalink
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    Regular updates of the apps. Keeping a little bit on track with the updates of bought packages, like Kopano,etc...
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    Wednesday, February 06 2019, 10:50 PM - #Permalink
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    Website Improvement - seems like a lot of new users don't get the message that their first post or two is moderated and will not appear immediately - so they try and try again re-posting...

    EDIT: Another one from the "Kernel 7.5" thread...
    People have problems uploading images when the resolution or size exceeds the limits - better feedback to the user that the upload failed and restate those limits... This seems a quite common problem when users upload an image for the first time...
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    Wednesday, February 06 2019, 05:12 PM - #Permalink
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    A top level flexshare so you don't have to map the shares individually. Either optionally or always this should exclude the website shares.
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    Monday, February 04 2019, 10:49 PM - #Permalink
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    ClearOS Proxy Error Screen could be improved...

    At the moment if you mistype a url it shows you what you typed in the Web Address panel of the error screen - which is good...

    What is bad however, is that there is no means to correct it... If you use the browser back button the url is blank. The error screen doesn't allow you to copy the url. which would allow you to paste it back into the url bar and correct. The only option seems to start again and type the whole over... Even allowing one to copy the url in the Web Address field would be a help. Even better would be a field that shows what you typed with an edit facility to make amendments, and a "Go" button to try again...

    You are actually better off without the web proxy in this situation as you get a message like "This site can’t be reached" from the browser with a reason, and the unreachable url stays in the url address bar so you can amend and try again...
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    Sunday, February 03 2019, 02:41 PM - #Permalink
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    definitely a way to block a device on MAC number in DHCP.
    Maybe in webconfig more feature to adjust settings. This is very limited now.

    Account manager is not completly linked with some extensions/users. A tickbox would be great to enable features
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    Saturday, February 02 2019, 07:39 AM - #Permalink
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    This Youtube video is very interesting @Dave. Also so the way Docker is heading on RHEL 8. Sander van Vugt is a Linux guy he also write books about Linux. I guess he works for RHEL? Thank you for leaving that link @Dave!

    Video about RHEL 8
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    Saturday, February 02 2019, 07:09 AM - #Permalink
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    Can you make the forums password manager compatible?

    I use a password manger (Dashlane) and with the ClearOS forums the password manager doesn't work. In my opinion everyone should use a password manger these days and a forum or website should support / tested on that feature..

    I added this wish to my initial list.
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    Friday, February 01 2019, 08:53 PM - #Permalink
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    Marcel van van Leeuwen wrote:
    Is that not a limitation of Windows 10. If I’m correct Microsoft removed some features. I have to Google regarding this.

    Yes. Win10 queries all DNS servers in parallel then takes the answer from the first to respond. This generally is not the one through the VPN. If you use a different LAN domain from your external domain you are OK. I don't. Mine are the same inside and out. Added to which, Clearcenter DNS (Tucows or Godaddy?) resolves wildcard subdomains, so for anything it does not explicitly know about, it still returns an IP address. There are different way's round but essentially they mean forcing the DNS through the VPN, slowing up your normal browsing or using the local hosts file.
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    Friday, February 01 2019, 08:38 PM - #Permalink
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    Dirk Albring wrote:
    Hey Nick,

    I think we've talked about this SMB issue in a different thread, but the biggest problem I have is when openVPNing into our office's network. I have the rule implemented that you suggested. I am able to connect to the network. I am also able to access computers on the network, but only by entering their IP addresses in File Explorer's address bar (Windows 10). Browsing the network shows no network computers, but entering their IP address in the form of \\192.168.9.xxx will allow access to shared folders. You can alternately enter the computer name in the form of \\Computer_Name. While these methods work, you have to remember IP addresses or exact computer names. I don't have a Windows AD Server in house; just a bunch of Windows computers sharing the network. We do have one Ubuntu server with a mounted drive to store all the folders the office shares internally, i.e. cad files, MS Office files, pics, videos, etc. It is not used as a domain server on the network. Just storage. I would rather not jeopardize the network with down time by trying to implement a Windows server. I don't want to say anymore because Dave's thread was asking for suggested improvements and additions.


    Is that not a limitation of Windows 10. If I’m correct Microsoft removed some features. I have to Google regarding this.
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    Friday, February 01 2019, 05:25 PM - #Permalink
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    Dirk Albring wrote:
    A simpler more concise integration of Samba with a Windows network. It’s horrific trying to get your ClearOS file server to work smoothly on your office’s Windows network...horrific. Especially horrific when trying to VPN into your office’s Windows network. A lot of times there’s a work around, but there’s always a lot of R&D to figure it out. I for one love R&D, but when I’m paying for a business solution I want it working out of the box.


    Can you elaborate on this? What problems have you faced?


    Hey Nick,

    I think we've talked about this SMB issue in a different thread, but the biggest problem I have is when openVPNing into our office's network. I have the rule implemented that you suggested. I am able to connect to the network. I am also able to access computers on the network, but only by entering their IP addresses in File Explorer's address bar (Windows 10). Browsing the network shows no network computers, but entering their IP address in the form of \\192.168.9.xxx will allow access to shared folders. You can alternately enter the computer name in the form of \\Computer_Name. While these methods work, you have to remember IP addresses or exact computer names. I don't have a Windows AD Server in house; just a bunch of Windows computers sharing the network. We do have one Ubuntu server with a mounted drive to store all the folders the office shares internally, i.e. cad files, MS Office files, pics, videos, etc. It is not used as a domain server on the network. Just storage. I would rather not jeopardize the network with down time by trying to implement a Windows server. I don't want to say anymore because Dave's thread was asking for suggested improvements and additions.



    Dirk Albring wrote:
    It would be nice to block all external traffic to MAC addresses (at my choosing) on my office network...I mean all external traffic...with an app designed to prevent any sort of tunneling that bypasses your gateway’s firewall. For example, a protocol filter to block the use of apps like psiphon. I know that’s a big wish.


    Gateway Management can do it - How to block Psiphon


    Your help link is specifically related to psiphon, which is great, but that was just an example. This is not to mention that the business solution of Gateway Management is around $400/year if memory serves me right. That along with all the other portal add-on subscriptions I'm paying for makes it unattractive. I don't feel like having an added office expense of a few grand a year for my gateway server. That would be another suggestion, Dave. Some way to make subscriptions more attractive in pricing.
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    Thursday, January 31 2019, 08:05 PM - #Permalink
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    Dynamic VPN switch to IKEv2 so it can easily be set up to run behind NAT (and use some new features of Libreswan). Also make it compatible with the Static VPN (move the up_down script to the conn)
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    Thursday, January 31 2019, 07:02 PM - #Permalink
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    Awesome feedback everyone.

    I've compiled your answers here and have given some feedback:

    https://docs.google.com/document/d/14QllNp5OjRTyC9ejlf1gEGme6mmUCCinRJFOaZl6KO4/edit?usp=sharing

    Please give us more.
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    Thursday, January 31 2019, 11:06 AM - #Permalink
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    Dirk Albring wrote:
    A simpler more concise integration of Samba with a Windows network. It’s horrific trying to get your ClearOS file server to work smoothly on your office’s Windows network...horrific. Especially horrific when trying to VPN into your office’s Windows network. A lot of times there’s a work around, but there’s always a lot of R&D to figure it out. I for one love R&D, but when I’m paying for a business solution I want it working out of the box.

    Can you elaborate on this? What problems have you faced?

    Re:VPN, was the solution to open the Windows firewall to the OpenVPN subnet? If so, you could try adding a ClearOS custom firewall rule:
    $IPTABLES -t nat -I POSTROUTING -s 10.8.0.0/24 -j MASQUERADE
    If that fixes the issue so you don't have to change the Windows firewall, I can add an enhancement request for a switch in the OpenVPN webconfig. The disadvantage of this is that if you provide central support to remote workers (VNC or RDP or something like that), it may stop you connecting to them from your work LAN. That would have to be tested and is why I suggest a switch.
    Longer term, if you run an AD Domain Controller, I believe you can deploy firewall rules using RSAT/Group Policies and that would be the better way to go. You can't use RSAT with the current domain offering which uses old-style NT4 domains, however, if you see in this post Clearcenter are developing a full AD DC solution to run in a docker container in ClearOS. I have just installed ClearOS and Win10 in a VM. ClearOS is running as an AD DC and I have Win10 joined to its domain. I recently updated the howto and there seems to be only one residual issue from my testing.
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    Thursday, January 31 2019, 08:55 AM - #Permalink
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    Dirk Albring wrote:
    It would be nice to block all external traffic to MAC addresses (at my choosing) on my office network...I mean all external traffic...with an app designed to prevent any sort of tunneling that bypasses your gateway’s firewall. For example, a protocol filter to block the use of apps like psiphon. I know that’s a big wish.

    Gateway Management can do it - How to block Psiphon
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    Thursday, January 31 2019, 05:31 AM - #Permalink
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    ClearOS needs a working mail forwarding method. While Kopano is a beautiful alternative/compliment to Outlook and exceeds Zarafa to some extent, it has it’s bugs when integrated with ClearOS. One that stands out is mail forwarding to external accounts. I think with regard to Kopano, this is a bug in their system, so why not have a method apart from Kopano? The beta hook that you guys experimented with at one time was almost good. Maybe get that working smoothly?

    A simpler more concise integration of Samba with a Windows network. It’s horrific trying to get your ClearOS file server to work smoothly on your office’s Windows network...horrific. Especially horrific when trying to VPN into your office’s Windows network. A lot of times there’s a work around, but there’s always a lot of R&D to figure it out. I for one love R&D, but when I’m paying for a business solution I want it working out of the box.

    It would be nice to block all external traffic to MAC addresses (at my choosing) on my office network...I mean all external traffic...with an app designed to prevent any sort of tunneling that bypasses your gateway’s firewall. For example, a protocol filter to block the use of apps like psiphon. I know that’s a big wish.

    Is there a reason you took Awstats out of the available apps in the Marketplace and ultimately out of the Webconfig? I’m probably behind in the times. You probably removed it back in the Clark Connect days, but it’d be a nice compliment to the web server configuration in the Webconfig. Kinda but not quite like having Mariadb in the Webconfig.

    I have yet to find a link to my Clear Center account from within the Webconfig. Seems trivial, I know, but it’d be nice.

    I’ll help on the forum as I’m able. It helps when you have a working system or two in place, which I do (knock on wood). It’s hard to help the community some times without a system to try things out on.

    More later...
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    Tuesday, January 29 2019, 11:30 PM - #Permalink
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    Obviously agree Marcel's comments regarding the forum software... additional points...
    1. get a better search function - the existing one is pathetic.
    2. Fix the reported bugs - simple example - we still see emoticons where they should not be - there is an example of this nonsense today in the post about mail at example.com - assuming it is not edited - so will repeat a line just in case
    main.cf:#local_recipient_maps = unix:passwd.byname $alias_maps
    Some sites require emticons to be within square brackets - not sure if this would help these forums - let's try it [:(]
    Edit: Nope - still fails...

    Version 8.x - just a few to start with
    1. ldap - "openldap-servers" is a removed package - what is the replacement? (a welcome loss as ldap was the most unreliable aspect of ClearOS of my systems)...
    2. Multiple ClearOS server environment - name server and dhcpd functionality.With dnsmasq if the one server providing these services is down for whatever reason - they are lost unless another system is manually re-configured, and even then it has no knowledge of existing dhcp leases, and the name servers details have to be manually synchronized between them.
    3. Better certificate management... - 7.x is a hotchpotch of webconfig and manual changes, even with lets-encrypt
    4. IPv6 needs refinement from what is in 7.x
    5. Less noise in /var/log/messages
    6. Section "8.1.1. Removed device drivers" in the RHEl 8.0 Beta Release Notes shows a large number of older devices no longer supported. If kmod drivers for these old devices appear - it would be nice if ClearOS has finally migrated to the standard kernel to obviate the next for custom kmod compilation...
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    Tuesday, January 29 2019, 08:47 PM - #Permalink
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    Hi Dave, I have no problems with helping this community. I miss the days when we had a little bit more of activity on the forums. I appreciate that Nick is still around. Some point what crossed my mind below. If i have more point I'll let you know.



    Regarding the Forums:



    Faster forums (important!). The ClearOS forums in my country are slow, and with slow forums people will leave!

    Other forum software (not sure which, but after using it awhile I'm not a fan of the current forums).

    Interaction with the developers so they know what is going on in the community.

    More active members.

    A way to do a preview of my post before I post to the forums. This is also very handy for not native English speaking people.

    Can you make the website / forums password manager compatible.



    Regarding ClearOS 8:


    I want Docker!!!!

    A way to make a pool of several drives thus one directory consists of several drives (OverlayFS).

    ZFS is maybe a interesting option for the future now Redhat ditched BTRFS, but only when we can do RAIDZ expansion (This feature is coming).

    ClearSHARE looks interesting...
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