View Full Version : Is anyone running Freenas?

19-05-2010, 03:27 PM
I am thinking of running freenas on recommendations of a friend but I am wondering what people here think of it. Oh and is there any way to convert ntfs drives to UFS for freenas?

19-05-2010, 03:44 PM
I was running Freenas.

I say was, but I needed the box for something else and changed HDD's.

But when it was going it worked fine- just another server/location on the LAN.

19-05-2010, 04:08 PM
So is there any way for me to convert my drives?

Speedy Gonzales
19-05-2010, 04:21 PM
FAQ about Freenas (http://sourceforge.net/apps/phpbb/freenas/viewtopic.php?f=98&t=28&p=16607#p16607)

19-05-2010, 05:47 PM
You'll need to format your drives to get them to UFS.

FreeNAS is a great app and I used it myself until moving over to WHS. Speed wise SAMBA is not out of the box fast material and I never really managed to get very fast speeds over a Gbit network. WHS however was a more jolly experience :p

I'd move back to it in an instant due to features and the fact you can boot it off USB but I'd need more time to find better tweaks to bring it up to speed of my current server.

19-05-2010, 05:54 PM
Oh you think WHS is better? Which uses more resources and does WHS have apple sharing and itunes sharing built in?

19-05-2010, 06:20 PM
I have used both FreeNas and WHS- in fact I have two of them, personally I prefer WHS, All the computers here are Windows, and WHS does daily backups of them all, as well as file/ folder sharing easy as pie.

As for MAC's -- Dont have any - but according to this article (http://www.multimedia-pcs.com/version-3-use-time-machine-with-windows-home-server/)MAC's time machine will work on WHS with a bit of tweaking.

As for Itunes sharing -- cant see why not.

All the movies and music I brought from Itunes are on a WHS, and all the PC's can access and play what ever I, or who ever is playing them want from any PC, even can run two PC's playing the same song/Movie at the same time.

WHS does require more resources.

19-05-2010, 06:28 PM
I'm definitely a fan of FreeNAS.

Just built a system for a customer, where there's a pcengines Alix.6b2 system running FreeNAS with dual external 1.5TB WD MyBook drives running in RAID. They're all running inside a Safe, locked, with just power and a single ethernet running to it.

In the event of a fire, or a break-in, their files aren't going anywhere (Unless the thieves decide to chop out the floor around the well-hidden safe).

FreeNAS on the Alix is awesome :D Whole server is only marginally larger than a standard jewel CD case

19-05-2010, 06:58 PM
hmm a safe? there would not be much air flow in there would there?

19-05-2010, 07:08 PM
hmm a safe? there would not be much air flow in there would there?
There doesn't need to be - those systems produce almost no heat. To give you some idea, the CPU doesn't even have a heatsink...

This (http://pcengines.ch/alix2d3.htm) is a typical example of an alix board; note the pics are larger than life - actual board sizes are 152.4mm x 152.4mm.

Edit: The CPU is the large AMD Geode chip next to the RAM.

19-05-2010, 07:33 PM
Nice boards, too bad you cant add more ram

20-05-2010, 12:03 AM
What on earth would you want more RAM for if you were using FreeNAS? ;)

Heck, I even run VoIP PBX systems off them with room to burn ...

20-05-2010, 12:14 AM
Ok 2 things, 1. How much is one of those boards?
2. Im guessing you are running the embedded version on it which runs totally out of ram so it does not wear out the CF card, so how much ram is left over?

20-05-2010, 12:32 AM
Nah it runs off the CF card. It doesn't write squat to it once it's booted, for the better part at least. What would it need to write aside from maybe pushing access logs to disk on occasion?

If you go to pcengines.ch and click on "Shop", then "USD Prices", you'll be able to buy one yourself.
You'll ideally want: http://www.imagef1.net.nz/files/alix-order.jpg
Though the PoE injector is optional (Runs off the same power supply as powers the unit), I got that just because it's one less wire running to it.

Total cost, landed, is approx NZD$270 :)

Not bad considering you can get safes relatively cheap too from the likes of DSE and the external 1.5TB WD MyBook HDD's (I got the ones that look like they should stand up rather than lie down coz they're more reliable in my experience) from pbtech for super cheap too!