I’m using FreeNAS again, after a brief 6 month flirtation with Windows Home Server. I’ll go into why I switched back in a future post.
But as much as I like FreeNAS it could be MUCH easier for Windows users to install. FreeNAS should have a separate configuration tab for Windows users that turns on NFS, CIFS/SMB and allows setting up sharing all in one place. And heck yes – make it look like Windows there. Make the Windows user comfortable by giving them a simple interface that does things in a fashion they are accustomed to.
I do realize this is open source, and nobody is getting paid to work on it, and that I should not complain – or at least I should give back to the project. I don’t have the skills to write the code I want, so in exchange for my lack of skills, I’ll offer the following to contribute:
- I will give any Windows User one hour of my time to help them install and configure FreeNAS – no charge.
- First ten users only. If there is more demand then that I’ll just do a training video.
- If you want to take advantage of this offer send me an email (contact info upper left). PLEASE DO NOT just call me – I have a life. Email me and we’ll set up a time, normally on the same day.
And in another upcoming post I’ll show you how to set of SyncToy 2.0 to keep all of your data backed up to FreeNAS, and all of your folders in sync – even across multiple machines. Currently I have four machines that all have the same things on the desktop – change one, they all change.
Total cost of this, beyond the machine to run FreeNAS is zero dollars. Very cool!
FreeNAS is a free NAS (Network-Attached Storage) server, supporting: CIFS (samba), FTP, NFS, AFP, RSYNC, iSCSI protocols, S.M.A.R.T., local user authentication, Software RAID (0,1,5) with a Full WEB configuration interface. FreeNAS takes less than 32MB once installed on Compact Flash, hard drive or USB key. The minimal FreeBSD distribution, Web interface, PHP scripts and documentation are based on M0n0wall.