The FreeNAS® Users Guide uses the following typographic conventions: Configuration examples can be found in section The FreeNAS™ Users Guide is a work in progress and relies on the contributions of Configuration examples can be found in section The FreeNAS® User Guide is a work in progress and relies on the Figure shows the screen that opens on clicking Interfaces → Add Interface. Table

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Here’s what you’ll need, hardware-wise: First, we have to set up our disk volumes.

That is, if you uwer to take a book or disc to another room of your abode, you pull it from the bookshelf and take it with you. So, that’s why you need that USB stick.

Expand that menu and click “Change Permissions. Yours truly had some weird results using front panel USB ports, which included installations crashing and very slow operation.

Not the best setup for redundancy, because if a drive fails, your volume goes offline and you’ll have possible data loss. Hit “Yes” to proceed. Click the “Change” button to set the permissions. Once you install the OS you can throw the box in a closet with power and a network connection, and let ‘er run. From around the web. Eventually, you’ll see a message reassuring you the installation is complete and that it’s time to reboot again.


If you happen to be running a network where you statically set IP addresses, good for you. In the left menu, expand “Account”, then “Users” and click “Add User. We won’t cover dreenas static addresses in this how-to, so you’re on your own there.

The spare option would allow the drive to operate as a backup in the event one of the other drives failed. So, how can we create this “digital bookshelf?

The installer here gives us a nice little warning which states that all data will be wiped from your drive for installation. However, the scope of this how-to is strictly getting a cheap FreeNAS environment up creenas running with the most basic of hardware.

It does as it’s told. Create disc volumes 1. You’ll be selecting the first option: You would use these options if you wished to host your ZFS Log data or cache on a separate drive, like an SSD, to increase performance. Finishing up At last, we click “Add volume” and the volume is created. Anyway, let’s go ahead and set one. What’s the best budget NAS? We also want our data to be itinerant, or at least seem that way.

Drives are supremely important here. Trust us on this one.

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

Network File System All three of these freenaas their advantages and trade-offs. Since BIOS options vary from device to device, here’s the basic the order you want: 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 working in the background to enable that kind of wizardry.


Meet us after the break to find out. If you’re one of those extremely cautious people who has to double check everythinghere’s a URL to the FreeNAS hardware requirements. More on that later. And we’re going to do that with the help of an open source storage platform called FreeNAS. Power up your machine and head directly to your BIOS config.

So, click on the “Services” button with the gears icon at the top of the page, and you should see this: For simplicity’s sake, we’re going to show you how to set up a CIFS share. Double check the description and size to be sure.

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

Giide should see this: Congratulations, you’ve now got FreeNAS installed. This thing needs to connect to your home network, obviously. But first, we need to make sure you understand two key points.