Computing - general &Flying Nerd recommends 17 Nov 2006 03:29 pm

FreeNAS

As promised, herewith some observations on the FreeNAS Storage Area Network application.

After my bad experience with the Netgear SC-101 (here), I was (again) the owner of two unused 200GB IDE hard drives, and I still wanted to have a free-standing backup location for the family’s computers.

A quick search led me to FreeNAS, an open source project based on the FreeBSD operating system.

In a nutshell, FreeNAS is an integrated package of operating system and storage management application, designed to be quickly and simply installed on any PC-style hardware. I’m using an old P4 3.0GHz – but FreeNAS should be able to run on something much older (less powerful).

I won’t waste electrons here telling you all about the features and specifications of FreeNAS – that information is all on the FreeNAS site. Let me simply report that it just works! After the SC-101, this is a blessed relief.

[I built my FreeNAS server in a cheap Zirco case from IT Estate. It’s a nice, sturdy case for $66, and includes quite an innovative arrangement for tool-less installation of drives. Mind you, it’s no Lian-Li!]

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