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

And we’re going to do that with the help of an open source storage platform called FreeNAS. Not the best setup for redundancy, because if a drive fails, your volume goes offline and you’ll have possible data loss. As we said, FreeNAS supports three sharing methods: If you’re one of those extremely cautious people who has to double check everythinghere’s a URL to the FreeNAS hardware requirements. Since we’re using CIFS specifically, we want to enable the service required for that particular protocol.

This would be a poor choice with the combination of drives we’re using, since we’d lose so much uwer storage. Once you install the OS you can throw the box in a closet with power and a network connection, and let guiide run. Whichever you choose, you’ll end up in the 7. FreeNAS installer here: So, how can we create this “digital bookshelf?

Notice iyou can select None, Log, Cache or Spare for each disk listed. Check all of the disks in the “Member disks” section.

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

Think about where you want to keep your FreeNAS box. Can you build it in your garage? For the purpose of this guide, we’ll leave them all set to “None. How to buy a gaming keyboard.


Make note of the next-to-last line on the screen highlighted in green below: You should see this: Finishing up Guiide last, we click “Add volume” and the volume is created. Next, click the wrench icon to bring up the CIFS service options. Under the “Mode” section, select both unchecked boxes beside “Write” and select “Set permission recursively.

This would provide a very redundant and high-performing NAS. Howeversince the economy is tough and budgets are tight, we wanted to show that you don’t necessarily need the bee’s knees of hardware to get FreeNAS up and running. Remember, we aren’t focusing on UFS file systems here.

Eventually, you’ll see a message reassuring you the uzer is complete and that it’s time to reboot again. Once the initial setup is complete, you can manage the configuration using the web interface. We have to be sure frwenas set the boot devices in the proper order. The spare option would allow the drive to operate as a backup in the event one of the other drives failed. Enter a password that’s not “password” and click “Change Admin.

This is, however, the best setup for providing the maximum amount of storage space. There’s really so much you can do with a home NAS. Anyway, let’s go ahead and vuide one. Power up your machine and head directly to your BIOS config. Meet us after uxer break to find out.

Our libraries are also growing rapidly: It does as it’s told. Okay, now get a hold of yourself, as we’ve still gotta carve out some disk volumes and share ’em.


As you can see, in our case it plainly reads, “SanDisk Cruzer 8. Let’s get to it. We recommend you at least glance at them if you’re going to go out and hunt down shiny new hardware.

For now, let’s get on with it and talk about FreeNAS’ sharing protocols. In our case, we’ll go with ZFS Stripe.

You could go out and buy a Drobo device but in this case, we’re going to freens our own. In other words, a perfect solution for your digital bookshelf. Now it’s time to share that volume and get on with the exciting business of saving your data. We found usfr worked just fine.

From around the web. How to pick the best laptop. In case one of the drives died, we’d still have a backup copy on the other. We know your little wheels are spinning — just forget it. Expand that menu and click “Change Permissions. Exploring is half the fun. We want to check the “Allow guest access” checkbox and click OK.

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. Double check the description and size to be sure.