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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At this point you can either press Enter or allow the timer to count down. But first, we need to make sure you understand two key points. From another computer on your network, open up a web browser and enter the address you see on your FreeNAS machine. Once you install the OS you can throw the box in a closet with power and a network connection, and let ‘er run. If everything went well with the last step you should now be booting to the first bootloader.

Network File System All three of these have their advantages and trade-offs.

Whichever you choose, you’ll end up in the actual FreeNAS installer here: Once you’ve got your hardware squared away we have to get some things out in the open: If you’re one of those extremely cautious people who has to double check everythinghere’s a URL to the FreeNAS hardware requirements.

FreeNAS is warning us there’s no password.

Eventually, you’ll see a message reassuring you the installation is complete and that it’s time to reboot again. To make things extra simple, we’ll break this into numbered steps for you.


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

Expand that menu and click “Change Permissions. As it turns out, the answer is “yes” on all counts. You should see this: Drives are supremely important here. You’ll see some text scrolling and gibberish like so: We also want our data to be itinerant, or at least seem that way. In our case, we’ll go with ZFS Stripe.

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

An old stand-by, the Unix File System. Remember, we aren’t focusing on UFS file systems here. You’ll be selecting the first option: We have to be sure to set the boot devices in the proper order. Let’s get to it.

In the left menu, expand “Storage,” then “Volumes” and select “Create Volume. Not the best setup for redundancy, because if a drive fails, your volume goes offline and you’ll have possible data loss. Double check useer description and size to be sure. For simplicity’s sake, we’re going to show you how to set creenas a CIFS share. We want to check the “Allow guest access” checkbox and click OK. Next, click the wrench icon to bring up the CIFS service options.

This is, however, the best setup for providing the maximum amount of storage space. Congratulations, you’ve now got FreeNAS installed.

In case one of the drives died, we’d still buide a backup copy on the other. Select your device and press Enter. Meet us after the break to find out. In the left menu, expand “Account”, then freena and click “Add User. Other than those three items, there’s not much more to worry about — it’s time to install FreeNAS. More on that later. Trust us on this one. FreeNAS is asking us what type of volume we want. Create a user Next up, we need to create a regular, non-administrator user.


Now it’s time to share that volume and get on with the exciting business of saving your data. For the purpose of this guide, we’ll creenas them all set to “None. Under the “Mode” section, select both unchecked boxes beside “Write” and select “Set permission recursively. Don’t get us wrong, it’s a solid system; we just don’t want to use it guidf. So, how can we create this “digital bookshelf? Our libraries are also growing rapidly: However, this is the best option if you’ve got at least three drives of the same size.

The spare option would allow the drive to operate as a backup in the event one of the other drives failed. For now, let’s get on with it and talk about FreeNAS’ sharing protocols.

So, we’d get a This thing needs to connect to your home network, obviously. The installer here gives us a nice little warning which states that all data will be wiped from your drive for installation. Now you can enjoy your FreeNAS storage.

Don’t insert it into one of those front panel sockets; to be safe it should be in the back of the PC. Start copying over your music, pictures and movies.