The FreeNAS® Users Guide uses the following typographic conventions: Configuration examples can be found in section The FreeNAS™ Users Guide is a work in progress and relies on the contributions of Configuration examples can be found in section The FreeNAS® User Guide is a work in progress and relies on the Figure shows the screen that opens on clicking Interfaces → Add Interface. Table

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Don’t get us wrong, it’s a solid system; we just don’t want to use it here.

How-To: Set up a home file server using FreeNAS

And we’re going to do that with rreenas help of an open source storage platform called FreeNAS. That is, if you want to take a book or disc to another room of your abode, you pull it from the bookshelf and take it with you.

Create disc volumes 1. So, that’s why you need that USB stick. So, click on the “Services” button with the gears icon at the top of the page, and you should see this: This is the file system we want to use, mostly because of ZFS’ data integrity, which promises safer, more resilient storage. If you wanted to take it one step further, you could mirror the ZIL with two solid-state drives.

In our case, we’ll go with ZFS Stripe. Okay, now get a hold of yourself, as we’ve still gotta carve out some disk volumes and share usre. Let’s discuss the two file systems first.

Finishing up At last, we click “Add volume” and the volume is created. Since we’re using CIFS specifically, we want to enable the service required for that particular protocol. The spare option would allow the drive to operate as a backup in the event one of the other drives failed. If a storm knocks out power to your home gudie everything reboots, you may have to check this screen again if your DHCP client tables gets wiped out, as the address may change.


So how involved a process is that? As soon as you press Enter you’ll notice the dialogue beginning at the bottom of the screen. Create a user Next up, we need to create a regular, non-administrator user. FreeNAS is asking us what type of volume we want.

How-To: Set up a home file server using FreeNAS

Don’t insert it into one of those front panel sockets; to be safe it should be in the back of the PC. We won’t cover configuring static addresses in this how-to, so you’re on your own there.

As it turns out, the answer is “yes” on all counts. We want to check the “Allow guest access” checkbox and click OK. So, we’d get a Other than those three items, there’s not much more to worry about — it’s time to install FreeNAS.

For starters, FreeNAS supports two types of file systems and three sharing protocols. At this point, if you see this screen, go ahead and let out a single “woot!

This would be a poor choice with the combination of drives we’re using, since we’d lose so much available storage.

We could spend a great deal of time talking about ZFS, but that’s a topic for another day. In the left menu, expand “Storage,” then “Volumes” and select “Create Volume. In other words, a uxer solution for your digital bookshelf.

We had the following components lying around, and they worked stupendously: In the left menu, expand “Account”, then “Users” and click “Add User. With that business out of the way, it’s time to set frdenas our disks and file sharing. The slider should be flipped to “ON” when you’re done.


Trust us on this one. Enter a password that’s not “password” and click “Change Admin. For simplicity’s sake, we’re going to show you how to set up a CIFS ferenas. What’s the best budget NAS? The installer here gives us a nice little warning which states that all data will be wiped from your drive for installation.

Think about where you want to keep your FreeNAS box. However, the scope of this how-to is strictly getting a cheap FreeNAS environment up and running with the most basic of hardware.

For now, let’s get on with it and talk about FreeNAS’ sharing protocols. The hot new kid on the block. From around the web.

You could go out and buy a Drobo device but in this case, we’re going to assemble our own. FreeNAS is warning us there’s no password. Similarly, if you’re working on a document upstairs on your desktop and you want to move to the den with your laptop, you’ll need the proper infrastructure working in the background to enable that kind of wizardry.

So in this case we’d get Network File System All three of these have their advantages and trade-offs. Save your settings, place the freshly baked CD in your drive and reboot. Our libraries are also growing rapidly: In case one of the drives died, we’d still have a backup copy on the other.

Before you check any disks, give the uwer a name and click “ZFS. How to buy a gaming keyboard.

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