Archive for October, 2008

Using iSCSI with FreeNAS tutorial

October 31st, 2008 Comments off

LifeEssay has published the first part in a series of tutorials on iSCSI and FreeNAS. This new tutorial will show you the steps and tricks of building an iSCSI service in FreeNAS. The next tutorial promises how to connect using the Microsoft iSCSI Initiator.

You can read it here: Tutorial:building iSCSI service with FreeNAS

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October 25th, 2008 Comments off have published an excerpt from my book Learning FreeNAS… The excerpt is entitled “Configuring storage in FreeNAS”.

You can read more here.

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FreeNAS server going strong after 193 days uptime

October 22nd, 2008 Comments off

Varun has posted an entry on his blog about his FreeNAS server. After 193 days he has had to reboot it due to a problem with his router (and not the FreeNAS).

He is a bit saddened as he was conducting an experiment to see
how long various operating systems can keep running before they need to be shut down or restarted for any reason. FreeNAS was at the top of his list!

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FreeNAS ZFS write performance depends on block size

October 14th, 2008 Comments off

Harryd has a excellent blog entry about solving/measuring ZFS write performance using the dd command.

You can read it here.

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FreeNAS promotional videos

October 9th, 2008 Comments off

I've put together a couple of FreeNAS and Learning FreeNAS (my book) promotional videos using Animoto.

The first is 36 seconds long and second is just over a minute.

I will also add them to the Articles & Videos section.


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2TB FreeNAS Box For $360

October 9th, 2008 Comments off

The Bored SysAdmin has put together a mini howto about building a 2TB NAS box for only $360. For the software he suggests FreeNAS or OpenFiler. The 2TB is achieved by using 3 x 640MB disks which means
that you get 2TB unformatted space. In Raid 5 formatted the storage will be closer to 1.1TB.

You can read more at How-To: Mini DIY Project: 2TB NAS Box For $360

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FreeNAS vs Openfiler Review Forgets that FreeNAS can do iSCSI

October 7th, 2008 Comments off

The website has a good review of FreeNAS compared to OpenFiler.

In the conclusion they write: “The main difference between FreeNAS and Openfiler is that one is a network-attached storage (NAS) server, while the other serves as both a NAS and a SAN (Storage Area Network) server. The SAN feature of Openfiler is what makes it appealing to enterprise and business users.”

The reason for this is that the reviewer didn't know that FreeNAS also has iSCSI target capabilities and they only list iSCSI initiator in the feature list of FreeNAS.

Just to set the record straight: FreeNAS has iSCSI target as well as iSCI initiator features and can act very well as a SAN server.

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Using BitTorrent with FreeNAS

October 7th, 2008 Comments off

Ken of has posted a short review/howto about using the Transmission torrent client in FreeNAS.

FreeNAS now ships with BitTorrent

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Tuning FreeNAS 0.7 Alpha and ZFS

October 6th, 2008 Comments off

harryd has put together some great notes on tuning the various system parameters for FreeNAS 0.7 with regards to ZFS.

He has been using FreeNAS 0.7 (rev. 3514) for several weeks and has discovered some interesting things.

One of the main things is that ZFS needs lots of memory. He has 2GB in his server and he shows how to allocate more for specific use by ZFS.

You can read more at Tuning FreeNAS and ZFS

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FreeNAS server with Adaptec 2610SA RAID Controller

October 1st, 2008 Comments off

Ian Turner has a great write up about how he built a FreeNAS server with the Adaptec 2610SA RAID Controller and he uses the aaccli utility for managing the RAID controller from the command line.

The Hardware:

* PIII computer with 192 MB RAM. Already owned.

* CF-to-IDE adapter and CF card for the OS. This frees up all drive bays for data drives. CF card already owned. CF-to-IDE adapter purchased from Monoprice ($5).

* Adaptec 2610SA RAID Controller. Purchased from eBay auction ($75).

* 3x Western Digital WD5000AAKS hard drives. Purchased from Newegg ($100/ea).

* Linksys LNE100TX 10/100 NIC. Already owned.

* Video card. Already owned.

* SATA power and data cables. Purchased from Monoprice ($1/ea).

You can read more at file server on the cheap.

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