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If you happen to be running a network where you statically set IP addresses, good for you.

For now, let’s get on with it and talk about FreeNAS’ sharing protocols. You would use these options if you wished to host your ZFS Log data or cache on a rreenas drive, like an SSD, to increase performance. How uer pick the best laptop. The hot new kid on the block. We had the following components lying around, and they worked stupendously: Yours truly had some weird results using front panel USB ports, which included installations crashing and very slow operation.

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.

A system board with a decent amount of SATA ports. The spare option would allow the drive to operate as a backup in the event one of the other drives failed.

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

An old stand-by, the Unix File System. For simplicity’s sake, we’re going to show you how to set up a CIFS share.


We won’t cover configuring static addresses in this how-to, so you’re on your own there. Anyway, let’s go ahead and set one. So, that’s why you need that USB stick.

In the left menu, expand “Storage,” then “Volumes” and select “Create Volume. Next, change the permissions on that volume so that anyone can read and write to it. In other words, a perfect solution for your digital bookshelf.

Notice iyou can select None, Log, Cache or Spare for each disk listed. We found 4GB worked just fine. However, the scope of this how-to is strictly getting ghide cheap FreeNAS environment up and running with the most basic of hardware. So, how can we create this “digital bookshelf? Okay, now get a hold of yourself, as we’ve still gotta carve out some disk freebas and share ’em.

Don’t get us wrong, it’s a solid system; we just don’t want to use it here. This would provide a very redundant and high-performing NAS.

From around the web. Think about where you want to keep your FreeNAS box. In case one of the drives died, we’d still have a backup copy on the other. Not the best setup for redundancy, because if a drive fails, your volume goes offline and you’ll have possible data loss.

Double check the description and size to be sure.

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

Meet us after the break to find fteenas. 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. Exploring is half the fun. Especially since flooding in the Asia-Pacific areas have caused HD prices to nearly double in price, 1TB drives do not frednas cheap compared to a year ago. As we said, FreeNAS supports three sharing methods: There’s really so much you can do with a home NAS.


However, this is the best option if you’ve got at least three drives of the same size.

Power up your machine and head directly to your BIOS config. Whichever you choose, you’ll end up in the actual FreeNAS installer here: Usr you’re one of those extremely cautious people who uuser to double check everythinghere’s a URL to the FreeNAS hardware requirements.

Notice the “Group Type” there? You can get the file here. Here’s what you’ll need, hardware-wise: FreeNAS can not utilize the drive on which it’s installed for storage. In our case, we’ll go with ZFS Stripe.

Once you install the OS you can throw the box in a closet with power dreenas a network connection, and let ‘er run. Select your device and press Enter. This is the file system we want to use, mostly because of ZFS’ data integrity, which promises safer, more resilient storage. We want to check the “Allow guest access” checkbox and click OK.

The very first thing we need to do is enable the services required to share our files. Enter a password that’s not “password” and click “Change Admin. From a windows host: So how involved a process is that? Finishing up At last, we click “Add volume” and the volume is created.