FreeNAS – Why I tried FreNAS if I had an good experience with Openfiler in the past?
Well, testing, testing…but also it seems that the FreeNas developing community is more dynamic, and the RC5 of FreeNAS 8 just went out yesterday and apparently it's the last RC before the final version of FreeNAS 8. The navigation through the Freenas 8 RC5 is a flash navigation like one use to have in VMware View 4.6 now. It's very pleasant to play with it. But the object of this article will be the installing of the FreeNAS 7.2 onto the USB stick.
I will guide you through the installation and configuration process of FreeNAS 7.2. Let's move on with the installation process. At first you must downoad FreeNAS and burn the ISO file to a CD. As I said in my previous part, I connected my SATA DVD drive temporarily to my Mini Box and I boot on it. I'll not keep it after the installation is finished. To be able to boot on DVD you must go into the bios (F2 key at boot) and in the boot section choose the first booting device the DVD drive. It depends on your Motherboard model and type what the options are.
The installation process asks where to install the FreeNAS distribution. Take the first option, the USB thumb drive which is plugged inside the box with the internal cables into the connector on the motherboard. When I was choosing the parts for the NAS, the least capacity of USB thumb drives was 2 Gigs…. The FreeNAS won't use all 2 Gigs, not even close, but you won't be able to use the USB drive for anything else (that was one of those installation messages I saw).
The distro is optimized to run from USB if you choose this option. After the installation finished (it only takes few minutes), all you have to do is to configure static IP address, subnet mask, gateway, DNS server and you're able to connect via your web browser to get the access to the admin interface.
So for example if you setup the IP address with 192.168.0.11 you can start your web browser and type in https://192.168.0.11:80 and login with admin and freenas as a default login/password combination.
After connecting to the admin interface, I was able to see my hard drives and could start the configuration of the software RAID.
But for some of you, which would like to see what's the installation process looks like, I can show you the installation process by using my VMware Workstation 7.1 and create FreeNAS VM…. -:)
Let's start to see how it looks like. It's step by step, you can follow this guide to help you installing FreeNAS.
At first you boot on the CD drive (ISO by using VMware Workstation 7 in my case) you'll see a screen like this one. But the timer goes on and after few seconds the screen disappear.
On the next screen the installer asks you “Where do you want to install the package?”.. and you'll see a screen like this. it's preferable to install FreeNAS on a USB stick, since it saves you the additional IDE/SATA channels for your hard drives which will be used for the Data.
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