Archive for August, 2010

Setting up BitTorrent on FreeNAS

August 30th, 2010 Comments off

Too Smart Guys have uploaded a video and some instructions on how to setup BitTorrent on FreeNAS. Incluced is ‘enabling the BitTorrent client to use a blocklists and schedules’ and ‘how to update the block list’.

You can download the video here or watch it on their site at the link below.

Related links: FreeNAS – Setting up Bittorrent

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FreeNAS at the Best Open Source Software Awards 2010

August 28th, 2010 Comments off

FreeNAS has been listed in the top ten at Best Open Source Software Awards (BOSSIE) 2010 in the networking tools category. Other winners are the Hyperic HQ and OpenNMS monitoring solutions, the Vyatta router Linux and Cacti, another monitoring application.

See FreeNAS listed here:

Related links: Best Open Source Software Awards 2010

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First FreeNAS 0.8 Screenshot

August 24th, 2010 Comments off

Yesterday iXsystems released another internal/experimental snapshot of FreeNAS 0.8. I was able to download the source and build this latest developer preview version and now I am able to post the first screenshot of the new FreeNAS 0.8 web user interface:

Obviously there is more work to be done, but iXsystems and the team there are working hard to get FreeNAS 0.8 finished.

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Using Clonezilla with FreeNAS to Backup a Hard Disk

August 19th, 2010 Comments off

The MyLinuxRamblings blog has posted another great FreeNAS related post, this time about using Clonezilla with FreeNAS.

Clonezilla is a free software disaster recovery and disk cloning application. Because it runs from a Live CD (ISO image obtainable from and will read most hard disk formats including NTFS, Clonezilla is OS agnostic. It can backup at partition level to another hard disk or to a USB hard disk. It can also clone to FreeNAS.

The tutorial covers booting the Clonezilla Live CD and using it to backup a hard disk to FreeNAS (via Windows Networking / Samba).

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MyLinuxRamblings FreeNAS Tutorial

August 19th, 2010 Comments off

There are a couple of new FreeNAS posts on the MyLinuxRamblings blog. The two posts cover Installation and Configuration of FreeNAS.

Part 1 covers:

  • Installing FreeNAS Server
  • Configuring the Network Interface
  • Logging in to you FreeNAS Server

Part 2 covers:

  • Configuring FreeNAS Server
  • Changing the Admin Password
  • Set-up the File Sharing Service (CIFS/ SMB)
  • Adding the Disk(s) to FreeNAS
  • Sharing the Disk
  • Accessing the Share over the Network

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First Impressions of FreeNAS 0.8 Developer Preview

August 13th, 2010 1 comment

Warner Losh from iXsystems has kindly send me a disk image of the first FreeNAS 0.8 developer build. The guys at iXsystems have done a great job so far and the core of FreeNAS has been successfully ported to FreeBSD 8.1.

A basic web GUI is up and running and things are starting to take shape. I am working with Warner to try and get some screen shots for you.

If the current rate of progress continues there should be a more general preview build available in the next couple of weeks with the ability to configure the network, disks, filesystems, NFS and SAMBA from the web GUI.

Warner is hoping to do weekly snapshots and I will try and blog about the updates as then come.

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iXsystems’ FreeBSD 8.1-based FreeNAS snapshot

August 11th, 2010 2 comments

iXsystems has uploaded a snapshot of their new FreeBSD 8.1-based FreeNAS.

This snapshot is for developers only. It is not functionally complete yet, and there are likely many rough edges.

If you are interested in playing with it you will need to download the code and build it yourself. You can find the code in SVN and here is the accompanying README.

The new FreeNAS is based on nanoBSD and builds for 32 and  64 bit machines, but building a 32 bit image on a 64 bit installation is currently broken.

Related links:

FreeNAS: iXsystems’ FreeNAS snapshot

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How to Install Subsonic 4.0.1 on FreeNAS 0.7.1

August 11th, 2010 Comments off

Talderon has posted a guide on how to install Subsonic (the free, web-based media streamer) on FreeNAS 0.7.1

The combination of FreeNAS and Subsonic is perfect. Together you get ubiquitous access to your music. You can stream to multiple players simultaneously, for instance to one player in your kitchen and another in your living room.

Subsonic is designed to handle very large music collections (hundreds of gigabytes) and in addition to being a streaming media server, Subsonic works very well as a local jukebox.

You can find the guide here: How to Install Subsonic 4.0.1 on FreeNAS 0.7.1

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FreeNAS Guide for Creating an iSCSI Target Hosted on a ZFS RAIDz1 File System

August 10th, 2010 1 comment

‘yoyojazz’ has kindly sent in a guide for creating an iSCSI target hosted on a ZFS RAIDz1 file system.

The guide covers:

  • Adding Discs to FreeNAS
  • Formatting Drives
  • Creating a ZFS Virtual Device
  • Adding a device to the ZFS Management page
  • Creating an iSCSI target

The guide is in PDF format and you can download it here: FreeNAS_ZFS_iSCSI_v0.1.pdf

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Don’t Forget FreeNAS

August 9th, 2010 Comments off

PC Pro has a short article titled Don’t forget FreeNAS, in it Steve Cassidy explains why FreeNAS is worth investigating.

Steve says FreeNAS is worth investigating because it supports both of the two recent innovations that can raise storage usefully above the level of its misbehaving basic building blocks; a FreeNAS server can serve up and participate in a Zettabyte Filing System (ZFS) configuration, and it can act as either an iSCSI target (that is, presenting logical drives to a host or aggregation server) or as an iSCSI initiator (that is, collecting together a group of targets on some reachable subnet into a single large logical storage volume).

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