You can find my FreeNAS posts/Tutorials here:
- FreeNAS – switching back. About my decision to move back to FreeNAS from Windows Home Server.
- FreeNAS Tutorial for Windows Users – Part One – Installation – installing the FreeNAS server onto a PC. (this post)
- FreeNAS Tutorial for Windows Users – Part Two – Configuration – configuring FreeNAS and Windows File Sharing.
- FreeNAS Tutorial for Windows Users – Part Three – Upgrading – Upgrading your FreeNAS Server.
- Using Microsoft SyncToy 2 with FreeNAS – Automating your backups – for free.
- FreeNAS Tutorial for Windows Users – Part Five – XBOX 360 – Using FreeNAS with your XBOX 360
- FreeNAS Tutorial for Windows Users – Part 6 – Adding another drive
1. Download the most recent FreeNAS from this page.
2. Burn the ISO image to a CDROM.
3. Put the CDROM in the machine you will use as the file server. (Note – all data on the drive(s) in this machine will be destroyed. Make sure you don’t need any of it before proceeding!)
4. Reboot the computer and boot from the CDROM.
5. Allow the CD to load until you see the splash screen (below).
6. Press Enter
|7. Assuming there is no data on the hard drives, select option 9 (Install/Upgrade) from the Console Setup Menu|
|8. From the install menu, select option #3 (Install ‘full’ release on hard drive)|
|9. The system will now show you the names of the CDROM drive(s) in your system. Enter in the CDROM name at the prompt (in the image below this is “acd0”.|
|10. The system will now show you the name(s) of the hard disk(s) in your system. In the example below there is only one drive, named “ad0”. Type the name in at the prompt and press enter.|
11. At the prompt for “size of the OS partition” type 64 and press enter.
The system will be installed and a final prompt (below) tells you not to format the data partition. Since we had only one hard drive in the system it was formatted as part of the system installation.
|12. Simply press enter and you will return to the Install Menu|
13. Press 7 to return to the main menu.
14. Remove the CDROM and press 7 to reboot the system.
15. Once the system is completely rebooted you will see the FreeNAS splash screen- press enter.
|16. Note the IP Address assigned to your server. It is displayed on the top of the screen. You will need this IP Address to complete Part Two (Configuration)|
17. Congratulations! You have installed FreeNAS! In part two of this series we’ll configure FreeNAS with the Web Interface.
You are now finished with the Installation and everything else is done from a Web Browser on another machine. You can shut off the monitor on the FreeNAS server to save some power. We won’t have to physically touch this machine again.