Network-Attached Storage With FreeNAS

Version 1.0
Author: Falko Timme
Last edited 02/11/2007

This tutorial shows how you can set up a network-attached storage server with FreeNAS. FreeNAS is based on the FreeBSD operating system and supports CIFS (samba), FTP, NFS, RSYNC, SSH, local user authentication, and software RAID (0, 1, 5). It comes with a powerful web interface and uses very little space on the hard drive - about 32MB.

I do not issue any guarantee that this will work for you!


1 Preliminary Note

In this article I will set up a NAS system with three 30GB hard disks, where the first one is split up in a small partition for the FreeNAS system itself and a large data partition. I will combine the other two hard drives in a RAID1 array. I will use the IP address for my FreeNAS system with the gateway address


2 Installing FreeNAS

Download the latest FreeNAS iso image (0.68 at the time of this writing) from and burn it onto a CD. Then boot from that CD.

The following screen will come up. Select 7 to install FreeNAS on the hard drive:

We want to have two partitions on our first hard drive (one for FreeNAS, one for data storage), so we select 2:

Enter the name of your CD-ROM drive. In my case it was acd0:

Then enter the name of the hard drive where you want to install FreeNAS and create the data partition. In my case I select the first hard drive, ad0:

FreeNAS is now being installed. Afterwards press <ENTER>, then 3 and 5 to reboot the system:

Confirm that you want to reboot by typing y:

The system will now reboot. Make sure you remove the FreeNAS CD from the CD-ROM.

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From: hakskool at: 2008-11-08 02:09:56

I think I have a different version of freenas, but this how-to still rocks.  I'm using a Dell PowerEdge 2650, and still have a few kinks to iron out myself, but the software is kickin tail.  Thank you, all who contribute to the forge!

From: Anonymous at: 2009-04-05 20:46:08

I followed the instruction and it worked well except that the article is incomplete.  FTP & SCP works.  I can't get the SMB portion to work properly.   I am seeing the freenas machine and I am able to Map the resource from the Windows side but it keeps asking for my password (obviously not accepting it).  No solution were found.

From: Anonymous at: 2010-02-01 16:20:19

For a windows pc to accept the conection you must use the ip\username format  in the user field

for example your freenas ip is: and you have a user : myuser1 then

when asked you should use\myuser1 in the username field

that is for windows to know that the user is not local or domain suplied.

that works.



From: Anonymous at: 2008-11-05 12:51:08

Works WELLL!!!! You own man ! Instaling freenas was just a piece of cake.It was very easy so tank you very much!