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How-To: Set up a home file server using FreeNAS

We want to check the “Allow guest access” checkbox and click OK. Double check the description and size to be sure.

The hot new kid on the block. What is FreeNAS you say? Don’t get us wrong, it’s a solid system; we just don’t want to use it here. Can you build it in your garage?

What’s the best budget NAS? To make things extra simple, we’ll break this into numbered steps for you.

So, click on the “Services” button with the gears icon at the top of the page, and you should see this: Don’t insert it into one of those front panel sockets; to be safe it should be in the back of the Uder. Since we only have three disks, our available options are: As we said, FreeNAS supports three sharing methods: You should see this: In gukde one of the drives died, we’d still have a backup copy on the other. Similarly, if you’re working on a document upstairs on your desktop and you want to move to the den with your laptop, you’ll need the proper infrastructure frenas in the background to enable that kind of wizardry.


Congratulations, you’ve now got FreeNAS installed. In our case, we’ll go with ZFS Stripe. From a windows host: Think about where you want to keep your FreeNAS box. Once you install the OS you can throw the box in a closet with power and a network connection, and let ‘er run.

Now it’s time to share that volume and get on with the exciting business of saving your data. You could go out and buy a Drobo device but in this case, we’re going to assemble our own. We have to be sure to set the boot devices in the proper order. The spare option would allow the drive to operate as a backup in the event one of the other drives failed.

We could spend a great deal of time talking about ZFS, but that’s a topic for another day. So how involved uxer process is that? As you can see, in our case it plainly reads, “SanDisk Cruzer 8. This is the file system we want to use, mostly because of ZFS’ data integrity, which promises safer, more resilient storage.

Finishing up At last, frernas click “Add volume” and the volume is created. An old stand-by, the Unix File System.

Create a user Next up, we need to create a regular, non-administrator user. At this point, if you see this screen, go ahead and let out a single “woot! We also want our data to be itinerant, or at least seem that way. Since BIOS options vary from device to device, here’s the basic the order you want: FreeNAS is warning us there’s no password.


Save your settings, place the freshly baked CD in your drive and reboot. In the left menu, expand “Storage,” then “Volumes” and select “Create Volume. As it turns out, the answer is “yes” on all counts.

Since we’re using CIFS specifically, we want to enable the service required for that particular protocol. Start copying over your music, pictures and movies. Other than those three yuide, there’s not much more to worry about useg it’s time to install FreeNAS. Next, click the wrench icon to fgeenas up the CIFS service options.

So, how can we create this “digital bookshelf?

How-To: Set up a home file server using FreeNAS

We recommend you at least glance at them if you’re going to go out and hunt down shiny new hardware. Our libraries are also growing rapidly: Guid striped volume creates a volume which has an available size of all disks combined.

How to find the best laptop bag. A ZFS mirrored volume would create a volume of the three drives above limited to the space of the smallest drive.