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[Step By Step Guide] How to Configure FreeNAS 9.1.1 NFS Share to work with VMware ESXi 5.5

In my old post we learn how to Install  FreeNAS 9.1.1 on VMware as Virtual machine. Today we will learn how to Configure FreeNAS i.e. 9.1.1 so that we can use it as SAN for VMware ESXi 5.5 to host virtual machines.


FreeNAS is an Open Source Storage Platform and supports sharing across Windows, Apple, and UNIX-like systems. It includes ZFS (high storage capacities and integrates file systems and volume management into a single piece of software)

Now we are going to configure FreeNAS for VMware vSphere 5.5. Its very easy & straight forward.
Let’s start,
Open your FreeNAS URL in Web-browser e.g.http://FreeNAS-IP-Address
To configure NFS share on your FreeNAS box, first we need to add volume. So navigate to Storarge->ZFS Volume Manager as shown below.

Assign Volume Name, Select Media disk which would be the part of the Volume and click on ADD Volume.
Note- If you are using Virtual machine to install FreeNAS then add Two Virtual Disks for FreeNAS virtual machine. One virtual disk to install FreeNAS & second one for Storage. If you do not second virtual disk then  you will not see any "Available disk" while creating ZFS volume.

Now you see newly created Storage Volume.

Turn on the NFS Service as shown below.

Now create the NFS share which will be visible for your ESXi 5.5 server.  As you can see the root user is mapped to the root user I’m using on the other side on my ESXi system. Make sure that on both sides (i.e. on FreeNAS & VSphere 5) you use the same password to access NFS share.

In authorised networks tab add your ESXi server IP address range or IP.

Now login to your ESXi 5.5 server via VI client. Navigate to Configurations->Storage->Add Storage.

 Select storage type as “Network File System” & click next.

 Provide your FreeNAS server IP & NFS Share folder name. Assign name to your data store.

Click Finish to create new NFS datastore.

Now you can see the new NFS data store.


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