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Installation of FreeNAS

March 27th, 2009 Comments off

Packt Publishing has published another extract from my book Learning FreeNAS.

The extract covers the installation and configuration of the FreeNAS server. The tutorial covers how boot the FreeNAS server from the LiveCD disk and configure a simple disk that is accessed by CIFS and FTP. It also look at how to install FreeNAS to the hard drive and how to upgrade it.

You can read the extract/article here.

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Maximum PC Says FreeNAS is a “Wonderful Open-Source Alternative” But…

March 20th, 2009 1 comment

In a recent article Maximum PC comments that FreeNAS is a wonderful open-source alternative to pre-installed software setups on network-attached storage devices.

But the main thrust of the article (by open-source software developer Patrick McKenzie) is how to separate open-source winners and losers. The competition between open-source projects and retail applications is a never-ending struggle. Open-source is an alternative, but when is it the better alternative?

Unfortunately the article points out some weaknesses of FreeNAS. He writes, “But if you check out the project’s Web site, you will have no indication as to why you would ever want to install the app. What’s the benefit? There’s a ton of information about the program’s features, requirements, and updates… but comparisons of FreeNAS versus common open-source and retail equivalents are sorely lacking. What problem does FreeNAS solve? What makes it better than the standard? Why should I turn to open-source?”

Such things are addressed in my book Learning FreeNAS but maybe I need to write a post addressing his points… Anyone else up to the challenge?

Read more here: Four Ways to Separate Open-Source Winners and Losers | Maximum PC

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5 More Things To Do With FreeNAS

March 20th, 2009 Comments off

FrugalTech has posted a short post suggesting 5 more things you can do with FreeNAS other than use it as a NAS.


  1. Podcast downloading
  2. Using FreeNAS as a Printer Server
  3. Using FreeNAS to download Torrents
  4. Simple Webserver
  5. Wiki Server

For more information and links about these see FrugalTech’s post 5 More Things To Do With FreeNAS

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FreeNAS RSS Extension for Transmission

March 16th, 2009 3 comments

Brian Hartvigsen (tresni) has released a new version of his FreeNAS RSS Extension for Transmission.

This extension for FreeNAS/Transmission automatically downloads and parses RSS feeds against a set of user defined filters. Allows for feed subscriptions and custom download directories for both feeds and filters.

Filters are Perl Compatible Regular Expression allowing for extremely fine tuned filtering of feeds.

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FreeNAS as a Print Server

March 11th, 2009 3 comments

Brian Bickerton (Tau_Zero) has written an excellent guide to using FreeNAS as a print server. By default FreeNAS doesn’t come with any printer server software configured on it, but with a bit of effort it can be made to work.

The guide covers:


  • Preparation
  • Connect via SSH
  • Put ulpt.ko In The Right Spot
  • Install LPRng
  • Configure Things to Load on Boot
  • LPRng Configuration: 1 of 3 – printcap
  • LPRng Configuration: 2 of 3 – lpd.perms
  • LPRng Configuration: 3 of 3 – lpd.conf
  • Start Things and Set Permissions When Printer Connects
  • Connecting A Windows PC
  • Connecting with Mac OSX

Brian’s guide is for people using a “full” installation of FreeNAS. For those using the LiveCD there are some complimentary instructions here.

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Build an IKEA FreeNAS Server

March 6th, 2009 1 comment

Instructables.com has published a feature on how to build a FreeNAS server in an “EMU” box from Ikea.

The instructions are detailed and cover:


  • Parts and Supplies
  • Cut up the box
  • Mount the Motherboard
  • Add Harddrive hardware and hard…drive
  • Fan, PSU and you’re ready!
  • Post steps

Read more here: Build an inexpensive Ikea NAS

Additional: http://www.austinkim.com/?p=10834

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Podcast Downloading on FreeNAS.

March 5th, 2009 1 comment

Bemasher a junior studying Electrical Engineering at the University of Arizona, has written a post about getting FreeNAS to download podcasts.

He says, “I was thinking earlier this week about how files move too and from my file-server. I discovered that it’s more convenient to have the server ‘pull’ files to itself. This actually made me think a little bit more about podcast shows I watch on a pretty regular basis. I thought to myself “Wouldn’t it be great if my server would get new episodes for me?”. Once all that’s done I can easily pull up the Podcasts directory on my friend’s PS3 (which this will broadcast to using UPnP DLNA) and watch any new episodes that happen to be there.’

Read more here: A Little Off » Blog Archive » Podcast Downloading on FreeNAS.

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Setup Samba Shares With FreeNAS – A 5 Minute Tutorial

March 4th, 2009 3 comments

FrugalTech has written a 5 minute tutorial on how to setup Samba with FreeNAS.

After reading some tweets between Beq and Freenas (me) on Twitter recently, he thought it would be a great idea to write a quick tutorial on setting up a basic Samba (CIFS/SMB) tutorial for anonymous access.

The tutorial covers:


  • Bootup and Install
  • Adding the Disk
  • Format The Disk
  • Mount the Disk
  • Setup Samba (CIFS/SMB) Services
  • Setup Samba (CIFS/SMB) Shares

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Data Recovery Using FreeNAS

March 2nd, 2009 1 comment

FrugalTech has recently written several posts about FreeNAS. Today he has published a new post about how FreeNAS can be used as a data recovery tool.

The post gives an account of how he used the FreeNAS LiveCD to restore data from a Windows Laptop.

Read more here: FrugalTech: Data Recovery Using FreeNAS

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Real Life Example of Disk Failure: FreeNAS RAID-5 Shines!

March 1st, 2009 2 comments

The guys over at the Streaming Bits blog had a scare recently when one of the drives failed in their FreeNAS server.

But after replacing the failed disk in their 2U server (with 3 x 400 GB IDE drives in a RAID-5 setup), FreeNAS syncronised the new drive and everything is working again just fine.

At the bottom of the post the author says, “It worked well for me and my faith continues strong in FreeNAS.”

Read more here: FreeNAS RAID-5 shines! @ Streaming bits…

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