FreeNAS 8 is an excellent Network Attached Storage (NAS) solution and is ideal for providing Windows machines access to storage over the network. However, FreeNAS can do much more. The Common Internet File System (CIFS), which is used to share data with Windows machines, is only one part of the FreeNAS system. As well as services to share files with Linux (via NFS) and Mac OS X machines (via AFP), FreeNAS also offers FTP, TFTP and SSH services.
In this tutorial we will go beyond disks & sharing and configure the FTP, TFTP and SSH services. I will assume you have a FreeNAS system installed with at least one volume configured. For more information on installing FreeNAS and setting up volumes see my NAS Setup Guide.
Read full tutorial: http://www.trainsignal.com/blog/freenas-services-ftp-tftp-ssh
iSCSI (Internet Small Computer System Interface) is a low level network protocol which allows a client machine (known as the Initiator) to control storage on a server (known as the Target). With iSCSI the control is low level. So low level in fact, that the disk needs to be partitioned and formatted by the Initiator.
FreeNAS 8 can act as an iSCSI Target and can allow a remote Initiator to control a whole hard disk or present a file (created on the existing storage) as if it was a hard disk. For this tutorial I will assume you have a FreeNAS system installed with at least one volume configured. For more information on installing FreeNAS and setting up volumes see my previous tutorial here: Build a Simple NAS Setup with FreeNAS 8.
Read full tutorial: http://www.trainsignal.com/blog/freenas-8-iscsi-target-windows-7
ZFS is an excellent choice for a high end NAS solution. In this tutorial I walk you through building a ZFS based NAS using FreeNAS 8. You’ll learn how to create a ZFS volume and datasets within it. The article will also examine the advantages of using snapshots.
Read the full tutorial here: Building ZFS Based Network Attached Storage Using FreeNAS 8
Train Signal has published a new tutorial which guides you through an installation of FreeNAS 8 on a simple system using two hard drives for a fully functional network attached storage solution. The tutorial goes through the steps needed to boot and install FreeNAS 8 on a modest system with two hard drives. The first hard drive is a small 2GB drive to hold the FreeNAS operating system and the second a 2TB drive for serving data to the network.
The sections included are:
- Setting a Static IP Address
- Add a User
- Sharing over the Network
- Connect from Windows