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Setting Up FreeNAS for a Central File Server – Part 1

August 28th, 2009

Sharing files using Windows is quick and simple at first, but it also has downsides. However, using network attached storage (NAS) drives has many advantages, such as centralized access, a network recycling bin, and multi-OS support. Eric Geier shows you how to set up a NAS or network drive for free by using the open source FreeNAS program.

Eric covers:


  • Benefits of Using NAS Devices

    • Recycle bin support
    • PCs don’t have to be on to access shares
    • Better and easier control over shares
    • Supports native file sharing protocols of Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X

  • FreeNAS Protocols and Features
  • Building Your FreeNAS Machine
  • Getting FreeNAS on the Network

Eric plans a part 2 in which he will show how to access the web GUI and perform some initial configuration. Then he look at how to set up the disks, so that you can start sharing with the popular protocols.

Stay tuned as I will update the blog when part 2 is published.

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InformIT: Setting Up FreeNAS for a Central File Server: Part 1 > Benefits of Using NAS Devices

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