Category: Raspberry Pi

Create a Raspberry Pi VPN Server using L2TP/IPsec

There’s a number of reason why you’d want to create your own VPN server to access your home or work network from anywhere else in the world. Maybe you want to stream Netflix from abroad, or want to get files off your home NAS. In this tutorial, I will guide you through the steps to turn your Raspberry Pi into a VPN server using L2TP/IPsec.

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Boost Raspberry Pi performance by installing Raspbian on a USB Flash drive from Windows

By default, Raspbian runs from a MicroSD card on your Raspberry Pi. Micro SD card performance in terms of speed and reliability tends to be considerably less than with USB Flash storage. This tutorial will guide you through the process of installing Raspbian on a USB Flash drive from Microsoft Windows. Once you’re done, your Raspberry Pi’s performance will increase considerably.

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Create your own Cloud server on Raspberry Pi with OwnCloud

OwnCloud is an all-in-one solution for creating cloud storage, calendar and contacts servers. OwnCloud allows you to share files through an easy-to-use web interface, similar to OneDrive from Microsoft and Google Drive.

To make our OwnCloud installation even more robust, we’re going to use a RAID volume for our storage. I’m going to assume you’ve followed my previous tutorial ‘Create a RAID Volume on Raspberry Pi‘ first, although this is not necessary.

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Create a RAID volume on Raspberry Pi

In this tutorial, I will go through the steps necessary to create a RAID volume in Raspbian OS on your Raspberry Pi. RAID allows redundant, quick or extended storage depending on which RAID level you go with. I’m going to assume that you’ve followed my previous tutorial on how to install and run Raspbian OS from a USB Flash Drive, although this isn’t necessary.

As we’re using a software RAID controller, we can’t run the OS from our RAID volume, but we can use to for storage. This tutorial is part one of two where we will use our RAID volume for creating our own cloud storage platform using OwnCloud. View the Installing OwnCloud on Raspberry Pi tutorial.

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Create a portable battery and solar powered Raspberry Pi Zero web server

I asked the community on Reddit what tutorials people wanted me to write, and one, in particular, caught my imagination. ‘Thaslegendary’ said:

“A guide on how to power raspberry pi zero with 4 AA battery would help me a lot”

This really got me thinking. Can I build a portable web server that runs off battery alone, topped up with a solar panel? There’s only one way to find out. At the time of writing this, the Raspberry Pi Zero is running on a solar power bank and is therefore completely off the grid.

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Turn your Raspberry Pi 3 into a PHP 7 powered web server

Important: This tutorial needs updating. As the comments show, lots of people having the same issue. I will update the tutorial this week.

In this tutorial I’m going to go through the steps to install Apache2 and PHP 7.0 on your Raspberry Pi 3, to create the ultimate low-powered, super quick web server.

Prerequisites

I’m going to assume that you have Raspbian installed on your Raspberry Pi 3. For the best results, I recommend running Raspbian from a USB Flash drive rather than a MicroSD card. See my tutorial on how to do this.

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