How to use two HDAs on the same network

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Make sure both HDA use different domain names.

You'll need to re-apply this fix on every update of hdactl.

You'll need to run the commands below on both your HDAs.

You'll need to edit named.patch before executing the patch command:
On your main HDA: replace with your second HDA domain name, and with your second HDA real IP address.
On your second HDA: replace with your main HDA domain name, and with you HDA real IP address.

As root user:

wget -O named.patch
patch -p0 < named.patch
service hdactl restart}}

The above instructions no longer work on current versions of Amahi

Here are the steps that I followed: (This may be very specific to my setup so take it as it is.)


  • A router that can hand out DNS. (DD-WRT .v24-sp2 which comes with DNSMasq can handle that nicely.) Find out more at
  • This document assumes that Fedora 14 & Amahi are installed on both HDAs.
  • BE SURE that each HDA has a unique hostname (domain name) & IP address that is within your network.

Accessing HDAs Locally

You have to access BOTH the shares and the dashboard of each server by IP address of the HDA.
For example, "\\" in Window will get you to the shares on the HDA with that IP address, if you have established a user and password for that client. Also, in a web browser will take you to the dashboard of the HDA with that IP address.

I personally deleted all of the Amahi links on each HDA's Fedora desktop and created a launcher that opens the Amahi dashboard by IP address.
To create the launcher

  • Right-click on an empty space of the Fedora Desktop and choose "Create Launcher"
  • Change "Type" to "Location."
  • Give it a name (i. e. Amahi HDA Dashboard)
  • Under "Command" enter http:// and the IP of the HDA

Change External DNS on HDA2

In order to prevent Domain Name Server conflict, you have to change the external DNS on one of the HDAs. On HDA2, change the external DNS to point to the IP address of HDA1. In terminal ... hda-change-dns ipHDA1 ipHDA1

Configuring Amahi HDA on SSL Port 443

Change HDA2 to listen on port 443

Apps You Need

*Go to the Amahi Dashboard and under "Apps" find and install Amahi Web-Apps Proxy. In order to configure Amahi Web-Apps Proxy, access the Amahi Web-Apps Proxy for each HDA the first time from a computer outside of the Local Area Network. Then change the user name and password to suite your needs.

    Configuring OpenVPN ALS
  • Web Forwards - The Tunneled Web Apps feature of OpenVPN ALS (Adito) allows clients to externally use an application on your HDA as if they are in the Local Area Network.
    • Login as administrator
    • Select Web Forwards (middle of left menu)
    • Select Create Web Forward
    • Select Tunneled Web and select Next
    • Enter Application Name and Description.
    • Check Add to Favorites and select Next
    • Enter http://application for Destination URL. Be sure URLs are entered as local area network addresses, not dynamic DNS addresses (i.e. not Local address are used since the VPN tunnel is creating an environment as if you were in the Local Area Network. For applications that use a port other than 80, you need to specify that as part of the URL, for example Select Next.
    • Select Everyone, select Add, and select Next
    • Select Finish and select Exit Wizard
    • Keep in mind not all HDA apps will work outside your network
    • This method makes use of Adito Agent (java web agent)
    • Each time the agent is executed, the SSL tunnel uses a random port (may not work with firewalled client network)
  • Configure Shares. See "Map HDA folders (Network Places)" on for more details.

Router Configuration

This is the configurations under DD-WRT v.24-2

  • Port Forwarding

Forward to IPofHDA1: Port 80 TCP/UDP, Port 1192 UDP, Other Apps possible
Forward to IPofHDA2: Port 443 TCP/UDP, Port 4443 TCP/UDP (for OpenVPN ALS) and other apps possible.

  • Turn off DHCP in both HDAs. Allow DD-WRT to handle DHCP.

Under "Services > DHCP Server" in DD-WRT set "Used Domain" to "LAN & WAN"
Give the router's LAN a name and assign static DHCP leases for each HDA using the real MAC address, hostname and IP of each.

  • DO NOT turn off DNS on either HDA.
  • DD-WRT Dnsmasq config. The DNSMasq feature in DD-WRT allows you to direct DNS requests to the each of the DNS servers of the respective HDAs. This prevents one HDA from taking over DNS and preventing the other from using its DNS driven apps.

Under "DNSMasq" enable "DNSMasq" and "Local DNS".
Under "Additional DNSMasq Options" input something like the following:


Just change the above to reflect your hostnames and IP addressess. (Note that ptr-record ips are backwards.)

Cutting Down Confusion
If you want to avoid confusion as to which server dashboard you are working on at the moment, you could edit the Dashboard theme. Look in the Theme directory.


Using GIMP2 I added "HDA#1" to the "logo.png" right under the Amahi logo. Then I did the same to HDA#2.