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Learning FreeNAS: Book Review

August 8th, 2009

Eric Kie of the network0.org blog has written a review of my book Learning FreeNAS and I glad to say that he likes it!

Here are a few excerpts from this review: I was given the chance to review Learning FreeNAS by Gary Sims. As any good geek, I like to know the nuts and bolts of the OS I’m running. Gary Sims has delievered on this expectation. I think this book would be excellent for an intermediate user who has built their own computer before and has spare hardware laying around or some capability to run FreeNAS in a virtual machine as it is an excellent way to learn about FreeNAS.


Learning FreeNAS is also full of good pointers such as capacity planning (you can never have too much disk space!) and backup strategies (such as building 2 FreeNAS servers to mirror each other) to consider when you are building your NAS. It also goes into helping you understand drive types such as IDE, SATA, and SCSI and the various RAID Levels (0,1,5,6,10) and when it is appropriate to use each. Gary also points out the networking options that exist within FreeNAS and which ones will yield the best results.

As a conclusion Eric writes:
I would definitely recommend buying this book if you are looking to build or test FreeNAS as it is a clear and conscise guide to learning and implementing FreeNAS. Gary has done a terrific job in detailing all the features included in FreeNAS.

You can read the full review here: Learning FreeNAS: A Review

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