How to install FreeNAS


Introduction :
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.

Procedure :

[Note] : The hard disk on which you need to install FreeNAS must be clean without data. FreeNAS will erase all the data from all the partitions on this disk.

Change the boot priority in the BIOS setup and set CD-Rom as first Boot Device. Now start your computer and insert the CD in the CD-Rom. You computer will now boot from CD and you will be presented with this boot menu :

Here press “1” or it will automatically select the first option as it’s the default option. The time set for this menu is 5 seconds. Once you select “boot” from this menu, you will get to console setup screen like this :

Now on this screen, press “9” to install FreeNAS on your hard disk. Once you past this screen by pressing “9” you will have this screen asking you what to do :

Now, here, select the 3rd option saying “Install ‘full’ OS on HDD + DATA + SWAP Partition” and press Enter. Now you will get a confirmation screen where you have to select “OK” and press Enter :

After pressing Enter for “OK” option, you will get a new window asking you to select your CD-Rom, from where you will install FreeNAS. It will look like this :

Now here select your CD-Rom and press Enter to continue. Then a window will appear, asking you to select your hard disk :

Select your Hard Disk and press Enter. All data from this Hard Disk will be erased. Then you will have to enter the size which the OS must take, minimum is 64MB. This screen looks like this :

Now after entering the size and pressing Enter, you will get a screen asking you if you want to use a swap partition. This window should appear like this :

Now here it is suggested to select yes and then press Enter. Now FreeNAS will install on your machine and you will get this screen :

Installation will take few minutes. After FreeNAS is installed you will be requested to press Enter to complete the setup and the screen will look like this :

Now the system will reboot, you can remove the CD from the CD-Rom and let the computer boot from hard disk. Again you will be presented with this boot menu :

Now again select “1” and press Enter or let the system do it on its own. This is the same screen as first boot option. Now the system will start loading form the hard disk and you will have a screen similar to this :

Once the system had loaded, you will again get a console setup screen similar