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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A system board with a decent amount of SATA ports. The very first thing we need to do is enable the services required to share our files. We recommend you at least glance at them if you’re going to go out and hunt down shiny new hardware.

We want to check the “Allow guest access” checkbox and click OK. Expand that menu and click “Change Permissions. However, the scope of this how-to is strictly getting a cheap FreeNAS environment up and running with the most basic of hardware. Hit “Yes” to proceed. To make things extra simple, we’ll break this into numbered steps for you.


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

Enter a password that’s not “password” and click “Change Admin. In our case, we’ll go with ZFS Stripe.

Once you install the OS you can throw the box in a closet with power and a useer connection, and let ‘er run. At least three SATA hard drives. And we’re going to do that with the help of an open source storage platform called FreeNAS. Eventually, you’ll see a message reassuring you the installation is complete and that it’s time to reboot again.

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

We have to be sure to set the boot devices in the proper order. As it turns out, the answer is “yes” on all counts. We won’t cover configuring static addresses in this how-to, so you’re on your own there. For starters, FreeNAS supports two types of file systems and three sharing protocols. Next, click the wrench icon to bring up the CIFS service options.

For now, let’s get on with it and talk about FreeNAS’ sharing protocols. More on that later. How to buy a gaming keyboard.

There’s really so much you can do with a home NAS. At this point, if you see this screen, go guice and let out a single “woot! Whichever you choose, you’ll end up in the actual FreeNAS installer here: Not the best setup for redundancy, because if a ueer fails, your volume goes offline and you’ll have possible data loss. Now you can enjoy your FreeNAS storage. Trust us on this one.


Our libraries are also growing rapidly: In the left menu, expand “Account”, then “Users” and click “Add User. Exploring is half the fun.

At this point you can either press Enter or allow the timer to count down. For the purpose of this guide, we’ll leave them all set to “None. As we said, FreeNAS supports three sharing methods: Congratulations, you’ve now got FreeNAS installed.

Yours truly had some weird usser using front panel USB ports, which included installations crashing and very slow operation.