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Does anyone know of any alternatives to Openfiler? I have tried FreeNAS a while ago an was not really impressed, has it changed very much in that last year?

Is there anything else I can look at?

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I use at home, and it works nicely.

No experience in openfiler or freenas though, so can't say if its better or worse. Works nicely for me at home on a AMD N36L based box with a LSI 1068e based SAS controller.

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Very interesting, I assume it has a WebGUI? – ianc1215 Mar 2 '11 at 23:38
Yes, the web gui is the main way to configure it. You can also use a cli app to accomplish the same things, but I actually prefer the web gui. – deebo Mar 2 '11 at 23:43
very nice, there website is a little weird but i think I downloaded the right thing. Thanks for the recommendation. – ianc1215 Mar 2 '11 at 23:45
Just remember that nexenta (and nexentastor) are solaris based, you might want to check for hardware compatibility, it is quite picky – deebo Mar 2 '11 at 23:48
OH wow good thing you mentioned that, I would have just dived head first into a whole lot of trouble. The hardware I have probably will not support Solaris, I will have to check. – ianc1215 Mar 3 '11 at 0:00

If you want to run a WebUI on top of a Solaris-based distribution, there's the napp-it project.

ZFSguru is available if you'd like to use ZFS on FreeBSD. While the ZFS implementation in FreeBSD isn't as up to date as the one in Solaris (most notably, it's missing support for deduplication), it's part of the core stable OS. FreeBSD probably has better hardware support than Solaris as well.

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Well to be honest I am not really thrilled about running Solaris anything. I have started down the Linux path and don't need to complicate things for myself even more, I would like to use a Linux solution if possible. – ianc1215 Mar 3 '11 at 6:05

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