Learning FreeNAS Book
This book will show you how to work with FreeNAS and set it up for your needs. You will learn how to configure and administer a FreeNAS server in a variety of networking scenarios. You will also learn how to plan and implement RAID on the server as well as how to use Storage Area Network technologies like iSCSI. The standard FreeNAS documentation walks you through the basic configuration, but this book will tell you exactly what you should do to plan, work, and deploy FreeNAS. This book has a comprehensive troubleshooting section that will point you in the right direction whenever you need help.
What you will learn from this book
- Understand the concepts of Network Attached Storage (NAS) and where FreeNAS server fits into your business.
- Install, configure, and upgrade the FreeNAS server.
- Deploy your NAS following best practices to plan capacity, hardware, backup, redundancy, and network infrastructure.
- Deploy FreeNAS as a file sharing, backup, streaming server by using different protocols like CIFS, NFS, FTP, RSYNC, Unison, AFP, and UPnP.
- Use FreeNAS as a bridge to Storage Area Networks by using SCSI.
- Connect to the FreeNAS server from Windows, OS X, Linux, or UPnP devices.
- Carry out common administrative tasks: add and authenticate users, rebooting and shutting down, network management, and configure FreeNAS to use DNS.
- Improve fault tolerance and drive performance by creating RAID sets.
- Explore backup options—create copies of data on a remote server or another hard drive within the FreeNAS server.
- Carry out advanced system configuration: encrypt discs, add swap space, S.M.A.R.T, and SSH access.
- Troubleshoot your FreeNAS server when faced with networking problems or RAID failures.
- Carry out basic FreeBSD administration tasks.
This book has been written from the system administrator’s perspective, tackling the topics that will be most important to help you understand FreeNAS, and get it set up as securely and quickly as possible. You will just see how to get the job done.
Who this book is written for
This book is for systems administrators who want a low cost, simple way to provide large amounts of network-attached storage. It does not assume knowledge of BSD, and will work for people using FreeNAS in any network environment.
Gary Sims is a freelance Linux/FreeBSD consultant and writer from the UK and has been working with open-source software since the mid 1990s. He first saw Linux while completing his degree in Business Information Systems at Portsmouth University. Then while working for Digital Equipment Corp he came in to contact with DEC’s Ultrix and later Digital UNIX (formerly OSF/1). While developing enterprise software for DEC on its UNIX platforms he became more and convinced of the benefits of open source and open-source Unix-like operating systems like Linux and FreeBSD. After leaving DEC he became a software contractor and after moving to Romania in 2003 he became a freelance Linux/FreeBSD consultant and writer and started publishing articles for the Open Source Technology Group (owners of Linux.com and SourceForge.net). This then led to him writing his first book with Packt.