Turn old PC hardware into a home server with FreeNAS

freenas primaryThis article by PCWorld walks you through a quick FreeNAS setup. For those who have some spare hardware lying around and need a file server, this might be for you.

PC lovers tend to collect a lot of hardware as the years roll by. Instead of leaving it to collect dust, why not repurpose it as a file-slinging server?

Several free and open-source operating systems run extremely well on a wide array of older hardware. One in particular, FreeNAS, is extremely stable, easy to set up, and laser-focused on storing and sharing files across your home network. All you need is a working system with a reliable hard drive (or three) and a little time to configure everything.

Check out the full article with graphics here: http://www.pcworld.com/article/2243748/turn-old-pc-hardware-into-a-killer-home-server-with-freenas.html

Expand FreeNAS with plugins

Plugins_100x95This article by Wazi explains the use of plugins in FreeNAS. The author walks us through various plugins and explains the process behind how they work.

FreeNAS is a powerful open source implementation of a network-attached storage (NAS) server – file-level computer data storage connected to your network. FreeNAS is easy to manage, and because it’s free it can serve files for small- to mid-sized companies without straining their software budgets or act as a media and storage server for a home network – a great way to make use of any aging Windows XP boxes lying around.

FreeNAS supports a powerful plugin architecture that lets you expand its default feature set to better meet your demands. You’ll find plugins for Firefly media server, CouchPotato movie server, and more. The plugins are in 32-bit or 64-bit PBI (push button installer) files on the FreeNAS project’s website. PBI provides a native FreeNAS graphical installation wrapper for software ported to FreeBSD, allowing you to automate installation.

Check out the full article here: http://www.openlogic.com/wazi/bid/345617/Expand-FreeNAS-with-plugins

FreeNAS 9.2.1.5 has been released

FreeNAS_logo_lightThe FreeNAS engineering team has just released 9.2.1.5, after fixing several bugs that showed up in the previous version (9.2.1.4). The release came just a few days after 9.2.1.4 was released, which fixed bugs related to replication speed, CIFS, ZFS, and snapshots. The following list from Jordan Hubbard notes some of the changes in 9.2.1.5:

  • Solarflare driver trips an assert. Fixed.
  • Can’t list snapshots in GUI. Fixed.
  • misspelling in info popup. Fixed.
  • SMB panic. This one has been a royal PITA for us. We can’t reproduce it at all, though the latest tracebacks from “R K” look somewhat informative – I’ll look at that section of the code today. Anyone else seeing it in 9.2.1.5, please attach a core file to the ticket

Head on over to the following link to download FreeNAS 9.2.1.5: http://download.freenas.org/9.2.1.5/RELEASE/

Check out the official release announcement from Jordan Hubbard here: http://forums.freenas.org/index.php?threads/announcing-freenas-9-2-1-5-waking-up-edition.20422/

FreeNAS Developers help build better FreeNAS boxes

FreeNAS is the most popular storage OS in the world, and makes it easy for anyone to build secure, robust network attached storage (NAS) to store files and share files.

In this video Jordan Hubbard, the project lead for FreeNAS and the CTO at iXsystems, and James Nixon teach you about FreeNAS, open source, and setting up your backup hardware the right way.

 

About FreeNAS: FreeNAS is a FreeBSD-based (nanobsd) and BSD licensed open source Network Attached Storage Platform developed by iXsystems, that has been optimised to support file storage and files sharing across Windows, Apple, and UNIX-like systems.