I've been using FreeNAS version 0.69 for several weeks now. I've also briefly used an older version and my experience with it so far has been GREAT! The initial setup of the disk drives did take a little longer than I thought it would. The OS itself booted up fine and everything since then has been pretty much a breeze! If you need a few pointers or need a bit of help with your setup, leave me a comment on this post.
So what are some of the best things about FreeNAS?
- Share files with more than one computer, a USB drive lets only one pc access the files at a time, with FreeNAS you can have many machines access your files at the same time!
- Stream multimedia content to your PS3, Xbox, Media Center PC.
- Share your iTunes playlists
- Share your files without having to login using SMB/CIFS and FTP services - anonymous access
- Serve HTTP content via the simple webserver, I serve a copy of my TiddlyWiki
- Practice your basic unix command line.
- Easy to add additional storage.
- Put your old clunker to use. Yes, your old Pentium II or Pentium II can be brought back to productive life with this software! I'm currently using a 500Mhz pc and have tested with a dual-core PC. Both of them work great!
- Built-in BitTorrent Client - you can free up your pc from BitTorrent downloads. The first bittorrent file I downloaded was DSL, which I knew to be a small download.
FreeNAS Resources I found that are helpful:
- FreeNAS.org - the source of the actual software is a great resource of course.
- LearnFreeNAS.com - A helpful site all about FreeNAS.
- Linux Backups with NAS - Found an article about backup to NAS using Linux, not exactly FreeNAS based, but found it somewhat helpful.
Learning FreeNAS: Configure and manage a network attached storage solution book if you are looking for a good reference book.
Do you use FreeNAS? What features do you like best? Share your thoughts and comments. You can get the current iso of FreeNAS here. Do you have other useful resources for FreeNAS?
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