Most readers here know about the benefits of having a central fileserver, and especially one that’s BSD based ;-), i.e. FreeNAS.
Here’s another success story by Ian Turner who set up a 1Tb of storage with RAID5
The FreeNAS guys are doing a great job: another beta release in the .69 series. The forth beta upgrades the underlying FreeBSD system to 6.4.
Then there are still the usual bug fixes, restrictions and known bugs.
The latest beta can be downloaded here.
Today a new beta version of FreeNAS 0.69 has been released. As soon as FreeBSD 6.4 is released, expect the next and hopefully stable FreeNAS version.
ostatic.com recently interviewed Olivier Cochard-Labbe, FreeNAS founder, and Volker Theile, project administrator. FreeNAS is free, lightweight, open source network attached storage (NAS) server software, based on FreeBSD.
The following questions were asked:
Full interview here.
FreeNAS, a FreeBSD based Network Attached Server (NAS), is mentioned on the Washington Post today:
Based on the FreeBSD operating system (a Unix derivative), FreeNAS is a server operating system that offers lots of features, a very small footprint, and a can’t-beat-it price (it’s free). Developed by an open-source community, it is constantly evolving (with even nightly builds).
FreeNAS is more complicated to install and use than Microsoft’s more feature-rich product, but people willing to navigate the sometimes confusing installation routine are rewarded with a robust network-attached storage device.
One of the frequently asked questions regarding ZFS. Is it possible to resize a RAIDZ, RAIDZ2 or MIRRORED ZPOOL?
The answer is a littlebit complicated…
If you want to change the ‘geometry’ of the ZPOOL (for example: change from a mirrored pool to a raidz, or simply add a disk to a raidz, or change from raidz to raidz2) then the answer is no.
But it is possible to change the disks of a pool with bigger ones and use the space.