This presentation will feature a demonstration on installing FreeNAS using the CLI installer, a brief primer on nanobsd with django and sqlite, configuring various services, and navigating the FreeNAS web interface. I will discuss the benefits of using ZFS & FreeNAS 8, such as Thin Provisioning, Periodic Snapshots, and ZFS Datasets. I will demonstrate the ease of configuring a virtual LAN interface, link aggregation, as well as setting up static routes in the Network section of FreeNAS. Next, I will cover adding/importing volumes, scheduling snapshots, and other uses of the Storage section of FreeNAS. I will discuss sharing files on FreeNAS with NFS, AFP, and CIFS. Also, I will detail the added functionality the Services section of FreeNAS provides like FTP, Dynamic DNS, LDAP, Active Discovery, iSCSI, and how you can use FreeNAS to save time and money. Finally, I will show inexpensive solutions for deploying FreeNAS at home, office, or dorm.
Skill Level: Beginner to Advanced
Background: James is a core developer for the FreeNAS project, member of the PC-BSD Team, and Webmaster for iXsystems. He spends his time tinkering with PC-BSD desktop usability enhancements, Django, and Joomla.