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[Guide] Installing FreeNAS 8 on VMware vSphere 5.5 (ESXi 5.5)


FreeNAS is a NAS (Network Attached Storage) server OS based on FreeBSD 8.0 supporting wide range of technologies. FreeNAS™ 8 features a ground up redesign of the web user interface. No mess, no fuss – your server is easily controlled from any web-enabled device. Configuration is straightforward and simple, and you can make your changes on the fly. One of FreeNAS™ 8′s most important features is full support for the ZFSfilesystem. ZFS includes data integrity protection, practically unlimited size caps, cloneable snapshots, automatic repair, RAID-Z, and more. ZFS is fully open-source, and is a great way to store and manage your important files.
Check [Guide] Configuring FreeNAS 8 on VMware vSphere 5 (ESXi 5) 
If your data is somehow lost, FreeNAS™ makes it easy to restore from a previously generated snapshot. With the periodic snapshots feature, you can worry less about data loss, and use your system stress free. It takes far less time than a full backup, but a continuous set of snapshots will provide the same level of protection. 10Gig Ethernet drivers are included in FreeNAS™ 8. If you’ve got onboard 10GigE, or better yet, a 10GigE card, FreeNAS™ 8 becomes screamingly fast when transferring files. This is especially noticeable for video streaming, and multiple simultaneous connections.
If your data is somehow lost, FreeNAS™ makes it easy to restore from a previously generated snapshot. With the periodic snapshots feature, you can worry less about data loss, and use your system stress free. It takes far less time than a full backup, but a continuous set of snapshots will provide the same level of protection.
So lets get started,
First Download the FreeNAS 8
Create a new virtual machine on VMware Workstation 7.1,
 In the Hardware Compatibility box and select Workstation 6.5-7.0 & click Next.
 Specify your “FreeNAS” ISO path in “Installer Disc Image file” & click next.
 Select Operating System as “Linux” & Version as “Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 64-bit” & click next.
 Assign name to your VM.
 In the Processor Configuration , select One processor & 1 Core and click Next.
 Select 1GB memory & click Next
 Here I am using NAT as my network type.
  Select the LSI Logic SCSI adaptor and then click Next
 Select “Create a New Virtual Disk”
 Select disk type as “SCSI” & click Next.
Specify the disk size . This storage space will be used to install FreeNAS. I am going to add one hard disk for my FreeNAS Server in next step for Additional storage & that will be used as a NFS storage. 
 Click Finish.
 Press Enter to “Boot FreeNAS [Default]“
 Click “OK” to install FreeNAS,
 Select Destination media & click OK.
 Click Yes to Continue,
 Click OK to reboot the server.
 Now we have installed FreeNAS, now need to configure IP address, select first opotion to set IP address.
In next article I am going to show, how to configure FreeNAS nfs share with VMware vSphere 5.