Archive for May, 2009

FreeNAS vs. Windows Home Server (Part 2)

May 28th, 2009 Comments off

Recently TechBustr posted the first of a two part review of FreeNAS vs. Windows Home Server. Now the second part of the review, this time focusing on Windows Home Server is online.

After describing the installation processes and the various test conducted, TechBustr concludes that for him WHS is the better choice, but makes the following observations in favour of FreeNAS:

  • FreeNAS supports AFP and a host of other sharing protocols and WHS does not.
  • FreeNAS is a great product with a few drawbacks but the price is right (i.e. Free and Open Source).

TechBustr also goes on to mention that “The biggest plus for WHS is the drive pool and how it is managed.” Which is a feature which is available in FreeNAS 0.7 (but it is still in the testing/development phase).

Read more here: techbustr: FreeNAS vs. Windows Home Server (Part 2)

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FreeNAS After Using it for a Month

May 27th, 2009 1 comment

‘Linoge’ has written on the Walls of the City about his experiences of using FreeNAS for the past month.

To put it simply, it works.

He writes, “The networked drives are always on my network and accessible from any computer on my network (not a security problem given that wireless is protected by a WEP key and physically plugging in is… well… difficult), I have never had a hiccup from the FreeNAS software, and SyncBack successfully synchronizes all of its designated directories once a week without the slightest difficulty.”

He also adds, “The simple fact is that if you have an old, unused computer and hard drives laying around the house, you have no excuse for not having a NAS system.”

Read more here: c’mon back – walls of the city

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New Network Attached Storage News Blog

May 21st, 2009 1 comment

Following the success of this blog I have started a new, wider and more general blog about Network Attached Storage. As well as covering FreeNAS this new blog will cover other NAS products (both free and commerical) including OpenFiler, NexentaStor and NASlite.

The blog will also cover news and tips about the various NAS technologies including iSCSI.

You can find the new blog at Network Attached Storage News.

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Using FreeNAS as a SAN for an ESXi demo

May 21st, 2009 3 comments

Nick has updated his Addicted to IT blog with his experiences of using FreeNAS with iSCSI with VMWare’s ESXi.

He writes, “I recently had to do a virtualization demo for a client. The need was to show a particular application stack running under ESXi, using storage mounted from a SAN.”

He ended-up using FreeNAS, and was actually quite impressed. What worked really well for him, was that FreeNAS is downloadable as an ESX virtual machine – which meant he could just download it and run as a VM inside an existing ESXi host. After getting it fired-up on “serverA”, he stepped through the base configuration, got some storage carved out and exposed via iSCSI, and then he just mounted it up inside a different ESXi machine (serverB). After doing do, he was able to copy his pre-configured VM’s to the newly created datastore. He then fired up his VM sessions on “serverA”, they used the FreeNAS storage provided from serverB, and his portable demo environment was ready.

Read more here: Addicted to IT: Using FreeNAS as a SAN for an ESXi demo

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FreeNAS Project Downunder

May 21st, 2009 2 comments

Pete Brown (from New Zealand) has written about his experiences with FreeNAS (including photos) on his Bluefish blog.

See that he had lots of spare hard drives of all sizes, a couple of old Compaq slimline pIIIs. He had to find some use for them so he come up with a little project, a NAS server. He decided to play with FreeNAS, the open source NAS server.

Read more here: Bluefish: FreeNAS : Project Part 1

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FreeNAS vs. Windows Home Server

May 11th, 2009 1 comment

Techbuster has posted the first part of a test between FreeNAS and Windows Home Server and FreeNAS has impressed them.

As well as setting up standard network storage, the reviewer was able to stream DivX files to a XBox 360 with no issues whatsoever.

The piece ends with “All in all, I’m highly impressed…ESPECIALLY for a 100% free piece of software.”

Read more here: techbustr: FreeNAS vs. Windows Home Server (Part 1)

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Please Vote for me as Packt Author of the Year 2009… You Could Win an iPod.

May 7th, 2009 Comments off

Packt have opened the voting for the Packt Author of the Year Award 2009. The Packt Author Award 2009 is open to authors of all Packt books published during 2008 which includes my Learning FreeNAS book.

By voting and answering the survey, you enter yourself into a prize draw to win one of three iPod Shuffles.

Go to Packt Author Award and click the VOTE NOW! link and select "Learning FreeNAS" in the "Choose the book that you want to vote for:" drop down box and then fill out the rest of the form.

Voting closes the 28th May.

Please pass this on to all your friends!!!! 🙂



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1TB System + Data Limitation Workaround

May 5th, 2009 1 comment

There is an issue with the FreeNAS install script that prevents you from seeing more than 1TB of your drive when you install FreeNAS on the hard disk that you are using for data (i.e. when you partition the disk in two where partition 1 is for the system and the rest of the disk is for the data).

You can find discussions on this here and here (note you need to be logged into SourceForge to read this second one).

The basic scenario goes like this. You have a 1.5TB drive and it is the only drive in your machine. You boot FreeNAS and use something like option 3 to do a full installation with swap, but when you add the disk (from the WebGUI) only 1TB is recognised.

The solution is to boot the FreeNAS server from a different disk than the 1TB+ disk.

FreeNAS can boot from:

  • CD and use a flash drive for the configuration data.
  • From a flash drive (boot from the CD and then install to the flash drive).
  • From a smaller old hard disk (even an ancient 300MB HD will do).

If you boot from another disk then the full disk space will be available for storing data.

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Goondu DIY Guide to Building a Dual-Core Atom FreeNAS

May 5th, 2009 Comments off

Goondu DIY has put together a get your hands dirty guide to building a FreeNAS server based on a mini-ITX board with a dual core Atom.

If you want to download fast over Bittorrent while sharing your files with your friends online and also to serve the media to your PS3 or XBox in the living room? Then you need a proper server! FreeNAS not only offers NAS functions, but also provides much faster BT downloads than the pithy BT clients on regular NAS boxes.

Read more here: Goondu DIY: FreeNAS

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FreeNAS, RSYNC and an iMac

May 4th, 2009 Comments off

Mike has written about his experiences with FreeNAS in his Alpaca Cracka blog.

Having somehow broken his Debian installation he thought it was time to try FreeNAS on his PIII Dell Laptop with a couple of 1TB Seagate FreeAgent external drives.

On the whole Mike’s experience was positive and he is now using local RSYNC backups to “sync” the two drives on a daily basis. He also noted a link to a 2008 post FreeNAS AFP server with OS X client.

Read more here: Alpaca Cracka: FreeNAS file server

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