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I built my server with a Celeron based CPU and 8GB of ram and am pleased with performance. The only thing I would point out is that most of the forums and experts will push you hard to use a system that supports ECC memory. If you are building something for business use, ECC should probably be a requirement. This will affect your choice of CPU.


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No CPU requirements listed by FreeNAS because it does nothing but change some of the speed and how much that does is very dependent on setup. If you use hardware RAID and/or mirrored RAID then the CPU does practically nothing. That's why many of these kinds of boxes are built out of single core, 32bit Atom procs. So in most cases your Celeron would do just ...


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The statement that RAIDZ-1 is "not good enough for real world failures" is because you are likely to have a latent media error on one of your surviving disks when reconstruction time comes. The same logic applies to RAID5. Before we go into specifics, consider your use case. Are you storing photos MP3's and DVD rips? If so, you might not care whether ...


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I see the same type of problem with my SuperMicro X7DCA-L with the latest BIOS (R1.2a), though I don't even have to change anything for it to happen. The machine just randomly decides to move things out of the excluded list and/or change the boot order. Sometimes I can reboot several times in a row before it happens, but it happens regularly. I'm assuming ...


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The current version of FreeNAS (ver 9.3 at the moment) will create a gptid for each drive added to a zpool. Imediately after creation, the "zpool status" will look something like this (depending on your pool configuration)... # zpool status pool: myzfstest state: ONLINE scan: none requested config: NAME ...


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setfacl -b removes an acl entry. You can use also use the -R flag for recursion.


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list all users? pw usershow -a change multiple users to nogroup primary group? There's a hundred different ways to do this... I would: foreach u ("list" "of" "users") pw usermod -n $u -g NewPrimaryGroup end You could even get the list of users from a subcommand, like pw groupshow OldGroupName | sed -e "s/.*://" -e "s/,/\ /" ...


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I don't know about part 2 but for part 1: Actually, both VMware and HP offer products to do this: VMware VSA and HP VSA. (There might be others offering similar solutions but those are the two I know of.) So it's probably not a generally bad idea. However, I don't know if FreeNAS is an officially supported storage solution so you might lack support when ...


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For a lab environment there's nothing wrong with Part 1, other than the time spent rebuilding when it folds in on itself. Not saying it's will happen, just that it can happen (Murphy's Law). As to Part 2, I'd have to defer to VMWare.



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