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[Step By Step Guide] How to Install FreeNAS 9.1.1 on VMware as Guest Virtual Machine

In my old post we learn how to Install and Configure FreeNAS 8 on VMware as Virtual machine. Today we will install new version of FreeNAS i.e. 9.1.1 on VMware as virtual machine.

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)

FreeNAS 9.1.1 Features 
supports AFP, CIFS, FTP, NFS, SSH (including SFTP), and TFTP as file sharing mechanisms
supports exporting file or device extents via iSCSI
supports Active Directory or LDAP for user authentication as well as manual user and group creation
supports the creation and import of UFS2 based volumes, including gmirror, gstripe, and graid3
supports the creation and import of ZFS pools, enabling many features not available in UFS2 such as quotas, snapshots, compression, replication, and datasets for sharing subsets of volumes
upgrade procedure saves the current operating system to an inactive partition, allowing for an easy reversal of an undesirable upgrade
system notifications are automatically mailed to the root user account
Django driven graphical user interface available through a web browser
secure replication, automatic ZFS snapshots, scheduling of ZFS scrubs, and cron management are all configurable through the graphical interface
support for menu localization and keyboard layouts
SMART monitoring and UPS management in GUI
USB 3.0 support
support for Windows ACLs and UNIX filesystem permissions
So lets get started,
First Download the FreeNAS 9.1.1
Create a new custom virtual machine on VMware Workstation 10 as shown below,

 In the Hardware Compatibility box and select Workstation 10.0 & 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. Provide any name to Virtual machine.

 In the Processor Configuration , select Two processor & Two Core and click Next.

Select 2GB memory & click Next

 Here I am using NAT as my network type.

 Select “Create a New Virtual Disk

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.

 Select Option 1 & Click “OK” to install FreeNAS,

 Select Destination media & click OK.

 Click Yes to Continue,

 Select option 3. Click OK to reboot the server.

Now we have installed FreeNAS, now need to configure IP address, select first option to set IP address.

You can access FreeNAS user interface using below URL, as shown below.

In next article we learn How to configure FreeNAS 9.1.1


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