I used CrashPlan years ago but eventually gave up on it because it needed to be always running in the background. I did like the functionality and how it worked since I actually needed to restore some files one time. I canceled my subscription back then and never really found anything better that was multiplatform.
I always wanted to get it working in a FreeNAS jail since that would be the ideal solution. I could never get the jail to work correctly due to some Java problems. FreeNAS Corral added virtual machine and docker capabilities and there was a CrashPlan container available. This made things easy so I signed back up and everything worked great.
Unfortunately, Corral was scrapped and is a dead project. So basically if I want CrashPlan backups to work, I’m in the same situation as before.
I can either stick with Corral until docker support is added to a supported FreeNAS release or I can move it to a Debian Linux server with the data mounted through NFS or sshfs. Corral has several bugs so I decided to move the container over to a Linux server so that I can eventually upgrade to FreeNAS 11. The servers are connected through 10 Gbit so the speeds are very good with compression turned off.
docker pull jlesage/crashplan-pro
- 12345678910111213[Unit]Description=CrashPlan PROAfter=docker.serviceRequires=docker.service[Service]Restart=alwaysExecStartPre=/usr/bin/docker pull jlesage/crashplan-proExecStart=/usr/bin/docker run --rm --name crashplan-pro -e CRASHPLAN_SRV_MAX_MEM=8192m -v <LOCAL CONFIG PATH>:/config:rw -v <LOCAL DATA PATH>:/data:ro -p 5800:5800 jlesage/crashplan-proExecStop=/usr/bin/docker stop crashplan-pro[Install]WantedBy=local.target
Configure the memory, config path, and data path above.
systemctl enable crashplan.service
systemctl start crashplan.service
Connect to the UI using a web browser:
You may need to increase the
inotify limit. You can set that in
It’s actually very easy to run a Linux VM under FreeNAS and use docker inside that. I ended up doing it a year+ later.