Today, I'm writing some tips I've picked up or read about since I started using FreeNAS. These are all relevant for version 0.69 of FreeNAS. I've written more about FreeNAS recently. You can find my previous posts at 9 Great Things About FreeNAS and 9 Reasons To Use FreeNAS At Work.
- Don't enable Samba Recycle Bin. Though it works, it will continue to take up disk space. If you don't mind that then go ahead and enable it.
- FreeNAS is not Linux. FreeNAS is based on FreeBSD, which is base on UNIX.
- Upgrades are usually the best way to install a new FreeNAS version.
- Downgrades may work, but may not due to new features not implemented in older versions.
- If you downloaded files using BitTorrent, you may not be able to delete them via CIFS or FTP. Use the Quixplorer file Manager feature under the WebAdmin tools. It's located under Advanced - File Manager, you need to login with an account that has the proper rights, such as the admin account.
- Always backup your configuration. Very useful if you have problems after an upgrade. You can find it in the WebAdmin under System - Backup/Restore.
- Start Simple. When configuring FreeNAS initially, use a system with one disk, one NIC, etc.. Have as few variables as possible. Once you get familiar configuring it, you will learn and know the details and how to get around certain issues.
- Running a LiveCD system works just as well as an installed version. Just remember that your settings will be gone upon Shutdown. If you need to save it, save it to a floppy disk or USB key.
- Getting a Disk up and running caused me the most amount of problems. Just remember you need to first Define a disk in Disks - Management, then Format the Disk in Disks - Format, finally Mount the Disk in Disks - Mount Point. Only after doing all this can you Share the disk via CIFS/SMB, FTP etc..
- The FTP Service via anonymous login is the easiest way to test your setup. This also will by-pass any hidden SMB shares you may have setup.
- Remember to Save and Restart the service after you make a change or enable a service. The Button is at the very bottom of the service enabling page.
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