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
In Part One we installed FreeNAS onto our server. In this section we configure FreeNAS to allow Windows File Sharing and network browsing.
1. Open a browser and type in the IP address of your server (in our example from Part One the IP address was 192.168.1.250. A Logon Dialog will appear:
|The login name is “admin” and the password is “freenas”. Enter this and click enter.|
|3. Click the Password tab.|
|4. Enter the old password and then the new password in the dialog – the new password is entered twice.|
5. Click back to the General Tab.
- Here you can rename your server. The default name is freenas, and that works for me. Feel free to change it. I haven’t played with this so I would stick with a single word with no spaces or odd characters.
- If you are on a domain you can change the default. I’m just on a Workgroup, so I’ll leave this as local.
- For added security you can change the admin name to something else.
- Change the time zone so it reflects your location.
- Click the Enable NTP checkbox to allow the server to update the clock over the Internet.
6. Before configuring anything else we will reboot the server and make sure that we can still login with our new credentials. On the left navigation under system click on Reboot, then click on Yes.
7. The system will only take a minute or so to reboot. Refresh your browser window and type in your new credentials. Next we prepare the shared drive.
|8. From the Navigation Menu select Management under Disks. In the screen displayed click the circle with the plus in it to add a new disk.|
That’s it! As you can see there are a lot of settings we didn’t mess with. You may want to, or need to change some of these. That is beyond the scope of this simple tutorial.
So let’s go test our new server!
As you can see – this is a standard Windows Explorer view showing my server and the share I created, Data. There is no printer installed on my server, and I haven’t played with that option, but the printer icon shows as well.
Now I can map a network drive using the UNC of \\freenas\data.
That’s all there is to it. You can go and add additional shares to point to subdirectories in Data – I created folders called Music, Pictures, Movies, Videos, and Users (where I created folders for me and my kids). You can also set up users and groups and limit access to these shares based on the user/group.
There are a ton of features I haven’t even discussed. This tutorial just focused on getting the Windows File Sharing and Browsing set up. The FreeNAS Knowledgebase has a ton of additional information.