What is the recommended way of running FreeNAS in a data center setting?
I need to build a storage server and I want to try using FreeNAS such that all the 8 drives are used for storage?
8 units 2TB SATA ES drives
I don't think the server chassis supports a compact flash card so that is ruled out.
Running from USB seems the most straightforward way but how about redundancy of the system files and configuration?
I read about running FreeNas as a VM on top of ESXi but this will mean one of the drives must be used to store the VM image making it unusable as a storage drive?
Your suggestions are most welcome.