FreeNAS is a network attached storage (NAS) server appliance distribution based on the FreeBSD operating system.

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Windows Home Server or FreeNAS [closed]

I have a relatively small home network and host quite a few lan parties. I feel the need to have a proper NAS solution setup. I want to centralize backups instead of using external drives. I also ...
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Need to identify disk in zpool … how?

I need to replace a bad disk in a zpool on FreeNAS. zpool status shows gptid/5fe33556-3ff2-11e2-9437-f46d049aaeca UNAVAIL 0 0 0 cannot open How do I find the serial # of that disk? ...
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Does the FreeNAS target make use of iSCSI offload cards?

When using a FreeNAS as iSCSI target, would it use the iSCSI offload engine on cards that have it, or is it an initiator-only feature? EDIT: just to clarify, I want to know if a supported iSCSI ...
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ZFS iSCSI and free capacity in VMFS

I use ZFS in FreeNAS 8.0.4 and use iSCSI to provide a LUN to Vmware ESXi 5.0. I post it at http://forums.freenas.org/showthread.php?10990-Memory-utilization-and-performance-problem/page4, but I ...
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What does the FreeBSD kernel message “vnode_pager_putpages: I/O error 5” mean?

Our FreeNAS file server's /var/log/messages and dmesg logs are filling up with: Nov 28 14:50:00 chef kernel: vnode_pager_putpages: I/O error 5 Nov 28 14:50:00 chef kernel: vnode_pager_putpages: ...
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Windows 7 PC cannot see some LAN PCs, but can access them via path

In an office LAN, with Windows 7 Professional workstations and a FreeNAS Samba server, 2 workstations have intermittent problems in browsing for the other workstations, as well as the FreeNAS server. ...
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Linking FreeNAS Boxes

I have two different FreeNAS boxes that are being used for storage. It is possible to link them in a manner that the linked connection can be presented as a single storage destination for clients? ...
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What are the options for storing encrypted data on FreeNAS?

I'm looking at implementing a mirrored pair of FreeNAS servers as file repositories. The only question still to be answered is the physical security. I typically encrypt the underlying drives on all ...
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Export NFS to multiple networks in FreeBSD (FreeNAS)

I'm trying to export a share to multiple networks using the following in the /etc/exports file: /mnt/tank/xen_nfs -alldirs -mapall=root:wheel -network 10.1.1.20 10.1.1.45 10.1.1.105 but whenever I ...
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FreeNAS not allowing any hosts, even when specifying them

I just setup a new FreeNAS .7.2 box with two 1TB drives mirrored. Configuration seems solid and I can even browse the SMB shares I created from any computer on the network. However when I try to add ...
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FreeNAS + ZFS for redundant pooling?

We currently have a box with 2 1 TB hard drives in, yesterday I installed FreeNAS and have been playing with the functions, its a very nice bit of software but I'm a little confused by the pooling ...
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FreeNAS: Why do usernames and passwords have to match the client system?

I'm transitioning from a ReadyNAS server to a FreeNAS server. On our current ReadyNAS, we have one user account that every person in our office can use to access the server. Everyone has a unique ...
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Is it possible to change zfs raid-z1 to raid-z2 or raid-z3 on freenas?

I have a running freenas zfs on raid-z1. For safety i though of increasing parity. Enough spare space is available. Is it possible to upgrade a zfs raid-z1 to raid-z2 or raid-z3? thx for your help
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SAS IT Mode controllers and SAS Expanders

Lots of semi-related posts, but none that address this scenario. I picked up an LSI SAS1064E-IR based HP Controller. I flashed it with an -IT firmware, and things look somewhat ok. Except that I ...
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Why won't the CIFS service start?

When I try to enable the CIFS service (to use it with my OpenLDAP directory) on my FreeNAS 9.1.1, I get the message The service could not be started. In the shell of my FreeNAS, I see the ...
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Sharing storage between DFS nodes providing failover without failover manager

I'm currently consulting for a small engineering firm that has been using a single server for all their domain needs and their management has got sick of not being able to access networked shares from ...
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Understanding the concept: Bare-metal VMware ESXi 5.0 with FreeNAS guest VM and iSCSI

I have a test setup (HP Microserver) with just a single disk at the moment and have ESXi 5.0 bare-metal installed on a USB flash drive and a FreeNAS 8 VM created as a 2GB install, but now I'm at a ...
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How can I get VirtIO network drivers working on FreeNAS or NAS4Free KVM host?

I'm trying to run either FreeNAS 8.0.4 or NAS4Free 9 as a KVM guest on my Ubuntu 12.04 (server) but the network connection is unusably slow in either guest OS (when testing with rsync for example the ...
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DHCPD on FreeNAS?

I've got a FreeNAS install I've been using for a while, and wanted to set it up to serve as a network boot server. I downloaded and installed the isc-dhcpd-server, configured the tftp+iscsi+etc ...
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Is it possible to run gitolite on a FreeNAS server?

We make extensive use of gitolite, both for code management and to host private SparkleShare repositories. I'm looking at building a FreeNAS storage machine, and got to thinking that it runs bsd, has ...
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FreeNAS not using all installed RAM

I have just installed FreeNAS 7.3 in an Alix.2 board with 256 MB physical RAM on-board. Nothing configured, nor hard disks attached. The problem is the OS is only using 51MB of that amount. The graph ...
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Dell PERC 4/DC (PowerEdge 2850) and ZFS

I understand that ZFS prefers to have as much data about the drives as possible, and that the best thing to do is turn off RAID. The hardware environment is a Dell PowerEdge 2850 with PERC 4/DC and ...
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FreeBSD: how to associate disk serial numbers to device names when using a 3ware SATA card

When using a 3ware SATA/RAID card is there a way to associate the disk serial # with the /dev/daN device? I can get serial numbers by using "smartctl -d 3ware,0 /dev/twa0 -i", but I don't know if ...
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FreeNAS 8.0 RC5 stability, memory requirements, Thin Provisioning

I need to build out a new NAS server and am looking at FreeNAS. The server will be a 12-drive SuperMicro server with 12x1TB drives, RAID5, 11 drives hot, one Standby (so 10TB of usable space). ...
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FreeBSD/FreeNAS: How to change group for multiple users?

I need to change group membership for a bunch of users. How do I list all users? change multiple users to nogroup primary group? add secondary/auxiliary groups to multiple users? Basically I need ...
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FreeNAS Web UI not responding

Our FreeNAS is running; I can login via ssh. But the Web UI is not responding. From How to restart web ui on freenas I tried service nginx restart which gave: Performing sanity check on nginx ...
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Network Performance / SMB-CIFS / Guidance

I'm an IT professional working out of my home office. I'm having some performance problems (NAS file copies) which I'm trying to isolate, using iperf. My question is on iperf. Infrastructure - ...
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2 drive failures in zpool raid

I have a question if I'm going to be able to restore this partition if I order replacement drives. zpool clear didn't seem to do anything. zpool status Partition1 ...
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Freenas - Expanding volume

We currently have a server with 5x3TB disks configured as a RAIDZ: zpool status pool: raid-5x3 state: ONLINE scrub: none requested config: NAME STATE ...
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FreeNAS share for multiple clients

I'm setting up a freenas box. I need both windows and mac machines to access the volume. The documentation says not to set up 2 shares (cifs and afp) but i'm having problems figuring out how to share ...
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FreeNas 7.x - Create user via SSH

Hello i'm using FreeNas 7.x I need to access my webadmin-interface but i can't login with my credentials (that works with SSH). I've SSH Access, is it possibile to create a user (with access to ...
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File permission mask/mode settings for Samba on FreeNAS?

I'm currently working on the Samba settings on a FreeNAS server. When any user creates a file or a folder on the server I want the file or folder to get the following RWX permissions: Folders: ...
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How to backup XenServer VMs on a FreeNAS iSCSI extent

I currently have a FreeNAS server with three 500GB drives setup in a RAIDZ array. It's currently used to serve an iSCSI extent to my Citrix XenServer Pool. When I created the extent I gave it the ...
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OpenVPN Server hangs at “Initialization Sequence Completed”

I have been trying to get an OpenVPN server setup on FreeNAS (not the most straight forward choice, I know) and have run into a puzzling error. It seems that the server is hanging after the ...
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FreeNas & Windows permissions

I'm considering deploying FreeNas on a stand alone server, with aprox 3tb of storage space, to act as a file server. Is it possible to create folders on this and assign windows permissions to them. ...
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FreeBSD determine if reboot was due to power loss

We are running FreeNAS (which is built on FreeBSD) to run our data storage systems. It is running on an APC Smart-UPS 750VA X. On a couple of occasions, I have been alerted to the fact that the ...
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FreeNAS: “/var: write failed, filesystem is full”

Upon logging into our FreeNAS via shell, it says /var: write failed, filesystem is full So I did > df -h Filesystem Size Used Avail Capacity Mounted on /dev/ufs/FreeNASs2a ...
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Expanding a FreeNAS RAIDZ Pool

I am building a ZFS data server using FreeNAS. I have enough hard disk space (4x2TB) for a few years, but if down the road I want to expand this out can i build another 4xHD pool? Would i need ...
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Linux Software RAID (mdadm) vs ZFS Z-Raid for file server [closed]

I recently had a bit of a scare with my software RAID 5 array becoming degraded. I was able to add the drive back into the array, but it got me thinking about trying something different. I am ...
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FreeNAS 8 connection limit

I have an issue with FreeNAS 8 where if more than 20 users try and connect to the server at the same time the 21st cannot and the login screen will shake as if to show the user the password is ...
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FreeNAS, Do I need 1GB per TB of usable storage, or 1GB of memory per TB of physical disc?

The title says it all. When setting up free NAS, do I need 1GB per TB of usable storage, or 1GB of memory per TB of physical disc?
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ZFS Pool (Raidz2) of 23 disks + 1 spare. Good/Bad? [closed]

I'm creating ONE Raidz2 Pool with 23 drives and a hot spare. (I know the hot spare isn't fully supported yet but thats fine) Is it a bad idea to use this many disks in a single pool? What would the ...
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FreeNAS vs Full Linux

I've been running a FreeNAS box for a few years now and have learned a little bit about the *nix architecture and command line in the process. I'm now running into the limitations of FreeNAS and ...
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NAS software options?

I want to build a NAS that supports hard links (linux based, NFS?) due to the software that will use it. I need some kind of RAID in case of a single drive failure. I really like FlexRaid, but it ...
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NAS Storage -> what is ideal

I am considering building a many Terabyte NAS and using it with my production servers to house all the websites, e-mail, data, etc. What is ideal? a Buffalo Station? A PC running FreeNAS and drives ...
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freenas zfs read performance sucks .. why?

I just set up a freenas zfs raid-z2 with 4 drives sata enterprise drives and doing some performance tests. Right now I'm pushing and pulling linux images into the storage. My notebook has a samsung ...
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Attaching SATA device disturbs boot order

I'm running a Supermicro X7DCA board in a NAS server. Whenever I plug in a sata disk the boot sequence goes out of order. This is a problem, because it is running headless. I've had this problem ...
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How can I get FreeNAS to work with LDAP authentication?

I'm trying to set up a FreeNAS 9.1.1 server with CIFS shares with LDAP authentication. I've set up an OpenLDAP server, populated it with smbldap-populate, added a user account for myself and ...
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Suggestions for Freenas installation

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? Hardware ...
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Add file type restriction in windows share of FreeNAS

Does anybody know how to add a File Type Restriction in a Windows Share on FreeNAS In other words, prevent a particular file extension like .exe or .bat is to be copied in to the share.