FreeBSD (open-source)- based server operating system focusing on Network Attached Storage (NAS).

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Is Windows Home Server compelling enough over free NAS OS's?

Has anyone out there run Windows Home Server for a while? I'm building a NAS box and I'm wondering if its features are compelling enough to warrant purchasing rather than the open source alternatives ...
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Is it possible to dd the current disk you are booted off?

I have a copy of FreeNAS running off a live USB disk. And I'd like to make a backup of it. While trying to avoid breaking a perfectly working system, would I be able to dd the disk while the OS is ...
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Wake on LAN Alternatives

I realize there are one or two related posts, but none that quite get at what I'm asking. I'm using an old computer as a NAS using FreeNAS, and after some tweaking everything is dandy. The NAS is ...
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How to build a NAS?

I have quite a bit of photos I'd like to organize and get away from sparse DVDs and move to a NAS solution. Ideally, this would let me have some level of redundancy and more easily find what I'm ...
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local cache for NAS or network folder

I am planning to build a network attached storage (NAS) server. Is there a way to cache frequently acccessed files from the remote storage automatically on the local PC? (I am not looking for a way ...
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Setting up a home server - what to use? (ZFS vs btrfs, BSD vs Linux, misc other requirements)

I need to get all our home content off individual machines and onto a central server. What I'd like to have is the metaphorical "server under the stairs". Stuff we need: expandable storage. I ...
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Permission denied problem in Freenas + Transmission

Running Freenas 0.7.2 (5543) and Transmission 2.11 The problem it that i can not save a torrent where ever i want.. For example... I can save in: /nmt/1-500gb/Tv/dexter but i can not save in ...
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Does FreeNAS support Windows 7 and OS X Time Machine?

I'm thinking about installing FreeNAS on a box I have that's just collecting dust (or doing a sff build). I have both OS X and Windows 7 machines on my home network. Does FreeNAS allow you to use ...
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How can I organize my video collection and update meta data?

I have a large collection of downloaded video files containing different movies, tv shows and music videos. I have a FreeNAS box set up that uses Fuppes as a UPnP media server. My media player on ...
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FreeNAS: single-disk ZFS?

I have an older PC being re-purposed as a FreeNAS box for the household LAN. So far I've got FreeNAS installed to a USB thumb drive and a 500GB SATA drive for storage. I went and unmounted the hard ...
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How can I create Dropbox-like functionality with FreeNAS?

I have several FreeNAS boxes scattered around the world (several terabytes of storage on each NAS) and have been doing manual rsyncs to keep them in line with each other. I would -really- like some ...
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Is it possible to take ANY ISO image file and make a boot USB key?

I've done this countless times with Windows 7 installations: booted the image from a USB key and installed. No problem. I want to do this with a FreeNAS 0.7.2 live CD, but I am having the hardest ...
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ZFS Hard Drive Configuration in FreeNAS

I've been messing around with FreeNAS installed on a USB Flash Drive for a week or so, just testing all the services and possible hard drive configurations utilizing ZFS. It's a pretty neat setup but ...
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ZFS performance issue

i recently set up a FreeNAS server with the following specs: 2.2Ghz AMD Processor 5GB RAM (just put in what i had) 500GB system drive (with a data partition, probably UFS?) 2x1TB data drives in a ...
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How to keep group-writeable shares on Samba with OSX clients?

I have a FreeNAS server on a network with OSX and Windows clients. When the OSX clients interact with SMB/CIFS shares on the server, they are causing permission problems for all other clients. ...
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Drobo FS vs Lime Technology unRAID vs FreeNAS

I already decided to by a drobo fs until I just found these two tests: http://www.digitalversus.com/data-robotics-drobo-fs-p889_9543_487.html ...
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Can you add a hard drive to a RAID?

I've decided on creating a NAS running FreeNAS using a software RAID 5 setup. I want to start the RAID with 2x2TB drives and slowly add more 2TB drives as I go. Is this possible? If I have a full RAID ...
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How to find out if my BIOS will support 3TB drives?

I want to turn an old PC into a NAS, and before I go buying 3TB hard drives, I want to check if my BIOS will support these drives. This answer outlines some requirements. Mainboard: supports 48-bit ...
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Can't figure out HD replacement in FreeNAS 8

So I'm testing this out in VirtualBox, and I've got two 10GB drives as a test (mirror of ada1 and ada2, ZFS). I create a zpool/volume called "tank" with the two drives, no problem. Then I power off, ...
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Why isn't my new USB 3.0 card / USB 3.0 hard drives working under FreeNAS?

I have a Dell Inspiron Desktop 580 into which I have installed a RocketU 1144A USB 3.0 card. The system is running FreeNAS 8.0.1-BETA4, which is based on FreeBSD 8 and supposedly has USB 3.0 ...
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FreeNAS ZFS questions about CPU, Ram, & HD speed

I'd like to build the most energy efficient NAS possible but still be able to run FreeNAS with ZFS. I've been looking at Atom processors, but haven't found any that could support more than 4gb of ...
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High speed downloads to NAS via workstation reporting “disk overload”

After a couple of years of down- and uploading files (mostly by torrents) directly to the hard drive of my workstation, I recently set up a NAS to handle storage and the read/write load. That, of ...
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NAS + XBMC combination

I currently own a WD Sharespace and I am not too happy about it. It will freeze constantly and its rather slow. I've been thinking of replacing it. I also own a WD HD Live, and it works like it is ...
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SMART error Offline uncorrectable sectors is this serious?

I install freenas and activated smartd and I got a report of 3 faulty drives. On drive /dev/ad20 (Western digital green 1500gb) Device: /dev/ad20, 4 Offline uncorrectable sectors Device: /dev/ad20, ...
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Running a Virtual NAS

I'm considering running a virtual NAS. I.e. something like FreeNAS running in ESXi. Google didn't turn up all that much on the subject. Good idea? Bad idea? Suggestions? Hints? Setup?
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ZFS raidz2 performance issues read/write speeds on Freenas

I'm having some performance issues on my home backup FreeNas box using a raidz2 configuration and I am wondering what might be causing it (not enough processing power, eco drives?). It's running: ...
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Unable to do passwordless login to FreeNAS

I'm trying to use this command to allow me passwordless login to a FreeNAS box: cat ~/.ssh/id_rsa.pub | ssh root@server.com 'cat >> ~/.ssh/authorized_keys' But I get: ...
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Adding more drives to motherboard with two SATA slots only?

Hardware n00b, building a freeNAS 8 box. Motherboard has 2 SATA slots: http://www.jetway.com.tw/jw/motherboard_view.asp?productid=309&proname=M26GT3-SVP All 3 PCI slots are empty. I have 3 more ...
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Setting up an email alert when ZFS disk fails on FreeNAS

I am trying out FreeNAS 0.7.2 Sabanda (revision 5226) with 4x1TB disks, single parity ZFS RAID. While the email reports built into FreeNAS are good, I was wondering if there was a way I could get it ...
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Howto set a root password in Freenas?

I installed Freenas 8.3.1 on my micro-server and it never asked me to set a root password. I already configured it as necessary via the web GUI but now i want to set a root password so no-one can mess ...
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Generating an X.509 certificate for FTP-over-SSL on Freenas

i've been Googling around for a moment on how to create a X.509 PEM certificate and private key for the FTP function in Freenas. I know i can use SFTP but i want to be able to secure the regular FTP ...
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Where are the Proxy Settings in FreeNAS?

I'm behind a proxy and I'm trying to install packages in FreeNAS. Where can I find the proxy settings? The export command (along with many other things) isn't installed as part of the standard ...
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Micro-PC as USB NAS [closed]

I am thinking of trying a Micro-PC such as MK802 III as a USB NAS. Is that a good idea? Do USB hubs generally work with Micro-PCs? I do need a LAN port, and I see many of these do not have it. ...
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Recover FreeNAS network volume affected by rm -rf

I'm on OS X 10.8.2 and have FreeNAS 8.0 running with a 6 TB volume connected through AFP. 5 TB were recently deleted with rm -rf by a malicious script. The FreeNAS volume has no ZFS snapshots, ...
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How do I extend the storage space in my NAS server?

I have a NAS server (Dell R310 and FreeNAS OS) with RAID 1 and 2 x 250GB, and 2 slots for hot plug disk space are free. It is using hardware RAID. But the disk space is almost full, how can I extend ...
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How to install GCC or a compiler on FreeNAS 7.2

I have a NAS, running FreeNAS 0.7.2 (FreeBSD 7.3). I have tried to install Flexget, but it requires some pysqlite dependency. I have python 2.6 and python-setuptools. Running ...
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Is iSCSI good for my situation?

I want to setup a file server for my own personal use. It will be accessed from a simple home network by about 5 computers, mixed between Linux (Ubuntu, usually) and Windows. I plan on using FreeNAS ...
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Installing Freenas on an SSD

Just wondering if anyone here has installed Freenas on an SSD. I know its meant to be on a USB pen drive. But Ive got a spare 64Gb SSD that I can install Freenas on and id like may be other stuff to ...
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ZFS with two disks: does this make sense? what is the safest configuration?

I am in the process of planning a file server for private usage (small amounts of various kinds of data, but mainly photos, videos, music). I will probably use NAS4free/FreeNAS and want to give ZFS a ...
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What architecture does my FreeNAS have?

I'd like to upgrade my FreeNAS 8.2.0 (BSD based) and wanted to double check which disk image (32 bit or 64 bit) to download – I'm 90% sure that my hardware (dual core Atom board bought about 2.5 years ...
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Is there an advantage to booting from a USB 3.0 Flash drive?

I'm planning to set up a FreeNAS box for home use, and would prefer to boot from a USB flash drive. The hardware I'm considering doesn't have USB 3.0, but I'm doubtful it would make a difference: ...
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Is there any very easy way to turn a hard drive or computer into an NAS?

I saw projects like FreeNAS, but first of all I couldn't even find the download, and also it looks like I'll need to do a lot of Linux programming and headache to get it working. I need something that ...
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What are the problems with running a file server (FreeNAS) in a VM?

I want to use my server machine (currently running FreeNAS) as a gaming box too. To do this, I'd install windows 7 on it, and run FreeNas as a virtual machine. The role of the server is a file ...
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Is it possible to run FreeNAS on a Sheevaplug?

I recently acquired a Sheevaplug (this spec) and would like to use it for: Storage for my home network Sharing media with home media devices like my TVs Is it possible to use FreeNAS on the ...
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setting up a NAS with FreeNAS

Forgive me if this question has already been asked, but I'm looking into setting up a NAS using FreeNAS, which has an impressive array of options. Assuming that I am using a m'board with 4 SATA ...
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FreeNAS SubVersion/GIT Repo

I'm running FreeNAS 9.1. A Friend of mine was asking me the other day: Can you run Subversion or Git repo using FreeNAS? Is there a plugin or an easy way to make this happen? Thanks for the Help! ...
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Installing FreeNAS 8.3 problems

I'm trying to install FreeNAS 8.3 on some desktop-level hardware (AMD Phenom + 890FX + 16GB) and I've been unsuccessful. I initially tried using a USB stick and followed the instructions on the ...
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folder permissions on FreeBSD

I have a drive on my FreeNas (8.2) box which transmission copies files automatically when it is finished downloading them. It works fine as long as the download is a single file, if it's folder with ...
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Freebsd (Freenas 8) and robocopy gives Error 5 Time-Stamping Destination File WHy?

I have a NAS running FreeBSD/FreeNas 8.0.4 When I copy files from a windows system to it via SMB/CIFS normally (explorer/copy) it all goes fine. User can create/delete/update files When i attempt ...
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Identify CIFS / AFP bottleneck on FreeNAS VM setup

This has been a bit of a pain for me, I'll try to provide as much info as possible. My set-up is as follows: I have a laptop running Windows 7, with a wired Ethernet connection to a router. I have a ...