NAS4Free v9.1.0.1.344



FreeBSD based, embedded Open Source Storage NAS (Network-Attached Storage) distribution.







NAS4Free is an embedded Open Source Storage NAS (Network-Attached Storage) distribution based on FreeBSD. This project is a continuation of FreeNAS 7 series project.



NAS4Free supports sharing across Windows, Apple, and UNIX-like systems. It includes ZFS v28, Software RAID (0,1,5), disk encryption, S.M.A.R.T / email reports etc. with the following protocols: CIFS (samba), FTP, NFS, TFTP, AFP, RSYNC, Unison, iSCSI (initiator and target), UPnP, and Bittorent which is all highly configurable by its WEB interface.



NAS4Free can be installed on Compact Flash/USB/SSD key, Hard disk or booted of from a LiveCD with a small usbkey for config storage.



NAS4Free is based on FreeBSD 9.x whereas FreeNAS 8 is based on nanoBSD, hence the name change. This makes sure that users are not confused about both projects.



NAS4Free supports sharing across Windows, Apple, and UNIX-like systems. It includes ZFS v28, Software RAID (0,1,5), disk encryption, S.M.A.R.T / email reports, includes the following protocols: CIFS (samba), FTP, NFS, TFTP, AFP, RSYNC, Unison, iSCSI (initiator and target), UPnP, and Bittorent which is all highly configurable by its WEB interface.



NAS4Free can be installed onto a wide range of hardware. Anything from a actual server to an old PC you may have laying around. Please check the hardware compatibility wiki as well for more details.



NAS4Free has 2 different installation methods plus a livecd mode.



The livecd mode allows you to try out NAS4Free for the first time or run a NAS4Free server using your livecd via cd-rom and a USB/Floppy disk in which the NAS saves your configuration files. What this means is that every time you boot from the livecd, NAS4Free will load the required config.xml file that stores all your server settings. To update to newer revisions of NAS4Free you will have to download a new livecd iso (~154Mb).



The 2 installation methods are "full" install or an "embedded" install. The full install allows you to install NAS4Free to a internal hard drive (HDD) or solid state drive (SSD) with a system, data, and swap partition. With this method, you do use a valuable IDE/SATA port that could be used to have an additional storage drive. To update the system you would have to download the full livecd iso, boot from it and select the upgrade option.The embedded installation method is truly what NAS4Free was designed for. With an embedded install you would install the system onto a USB key or a compact flash card (CF). You do however have the option of installing embedded onto a HDD/SSD, but again you lose a valuable IDE/SATA port that could be used for addition storage drives and defeats a key advantage of having an embedded system. The other key features of an embedded install are less system writes when using embedded which means that the USB/CF last much longer and how you update your NAS4Free system. With an embedded system update you download a special firmware (~76mb) that is in a .img format which is much smaller than the livecd iso. Once you download the firmware, updating is a breeze. All you do is open the webgui in your browser of choice, select firmware from the system navigation menu, enable firmware updates, browse for the image file, click update, and let the system do the rest. The system will load the file, update the system, reboot, and your done!



Whichever method you choose is your choice in the end, but hopefully after reading this you will have a good idea of how you want to run NAS4Free on your hardware.



Check out some of the screenshots of NAS4Free and be sure to look at the extensive documentation and how-to's on getting started with NAS4Free. If you have any questions or need support please come visit us on our IRC channel or ask a question in the NAS4Free forums.



The NAS4Free team hopes you enjoy your experience with our software and that it is your perfect NAS solution for your home or business!



Features:



All NAS4Free versions:



Multiple arch: i386 or amd64

Full Web Management Interface (WebGUI)



Base system:



Base OS = FreeBSD 9.0-RELEASE



Hard drive and volume management:



ZFS v28

Software RAID 0,1,5 and mix (1+0,1+1, etc…)

Disk encryption (using cryptographic accelerator card if present)

Filesystems: ZFS v28, UFS, Ext2/3, FAT, NTFS

Partition: MBR and GPT

iSCSI initiator



Network Protocols supported:



SMB/CIFS (Samba)

AFP (Netatalk)

NFS

FTP (ProFTPD

TFTP (tftp-hpa)

RSYNC (client/server)

Unison

SCP (SSH)

iSCSI target



Extra services:



UPnP server (FUPPES)

iTunes/DAAP server (Firefly)

Webserver (lighttpd)

Network bandwitdh measure (Iperf)

Bittorent client (Transmission)



Networking:



802.1q vlan tagging

Wireless

link aggregation

Wake On Lan



Monitoring:



S.M.A.R.T (smartmontools)

E-mail alert

SNMP

Syslog

UPS (NUT)



Check Full Documentation here:

Code: Select allhttp://www.nas4free.org/documentation.html&title=NAS4Free v9.1.0.1.344" target="_blank">http://www.nas4free.org/documentation.html



NAS4Free has 2 different installation methods plus a livecd mode.



The livecd mode allows you to try out NAS4Free for the first time or run a NAS4Free server using your livecd via cd-rom and a USB/Floppy disk in which the NAS saves your configuration files. What this means is that every time you boot from the livecd, NAS4Free will load the required config.xml file that stores all your server settings. To update to newer revisions of NAS4Free you will have to download a new livecd iso (~154Mb).



The 2 installation methods are "full" install or an "embedded" install. The full install allows you to install NAS4Free to a internal hard drive (HDD) or solid state drive (SSD) with a system, data, and swap partition. With this method, you do use a valuable IDE/SATA port that could be used to have an additional storage drive. To update the system you would have to download the full livecd iso, boot from it and select the upgrade option. The embedded installation method is truly what NAS4Free was designed for. With an embedded install you would install the system onto a USB key or a compact flash card (CF). You do however have the option of installing embedded onto a HDD/SSD, but again you lose a valuable IDE/SATA port that could be used for addition storage drives and defeats a key advantage of having an embedded system. The other key features of an embedded install are less system writes when using embedded which means that the USB/CF last much longer and how you update your NAS4Free system. With an embedded system update you download a special firmware (~76mb) that is in a .img format which is much smaller than the livecd iso. Once you download the firmware, updating is a breeze. All you do is open the webgui in your browser of choice, select firmware from the system navigation menu, enable firmware updates, browse for the image file, click update, and let the system do the rest. The system will load the file, update the system, reboot, and your done!



Whichever method you choose is your choice in the end, but hopefully after reading this you will have a good idea of how you want to run NAS4Free on your hardware.





How To Create a NAS4Free Bootable USB Drive in Windows:



Requirements:



NAS4Free embedded image

7-Zip to decompress the NAS4Free image.

Code: Select allhttp://www.7-zip.org/

Win32 Disk Imager to write the NAS4Free image over to a USB drive.

Code: Select allhttps://launchpad.net/win32-image-writer/+download



Please Take Note:



USB boot can be slight slower, compared to a hard drive.

You will need at least a 512MB USB drive.

NAS4Free is available in x86 and x64 architectures, pick according to what is supported by your hardware.



Homepage and more info here:

Code: Select all

http://www.nas4free.org/

or

http://sourceforge.net/projects/nas4free/









Download x64 ISO from here:

This is the 64-bit install/live disc image. If you are using 64 bit hardware, this is probably the file you want.

Code: Select allhttp://sourceforge.net/projects/nas4free/files/NAS4Free-9.1.0.1/9.1.0.1.344/NAS4Free-x64-LiveCD-9.1.0.1.344.iso/download



Download x86 ISO from here:

This is the 32-bit install/live disc image. If you are using hardware that is not 64-bit capable, this is probably the file you want.

Code: Select allhttp://sourceforge.net/projects/nas4free/files/NAS4Free-9.1.0.1/9.1.0.1.344/NAS4Free-x86-LiveCD-9.1.0.1.344.iso/download





Download x64 USB IMG from here:

This is the 64-bit install/live USB disc image. If you are using 64 bit hardware, and only USB ports are available in your equipment, this is probably the file you want.

Code: Select allhttp://sourceforge.net/projects/nas4free/files/NAS4Free-9.1.0.1/9.1.0.1.344/NAS4Free-x64-LiveUSB-9.1.0.1.344.img/download



Download x86 USB IMG from here:

This is the 32-bit install/live USB disc image. If you are using hardware that is not 64-bit capable, and only USB ports are available in your equipment, this is probably the file you want.

Code: Select allhttp://sourceforge.net/projects/nas4free/files/NAS4Free-9.1.0.1/9.1.0.1.344/NAS4Free-x86-LiveUSB-9.1.0.1.344.img/download





Download x64 IMG from here:

This is the upgrade/CF image for 64-bit hardware. If you are not performing an upgrade from WebGUI, or doing a special install to CF/flash, this file is probably NOT what you are looking for. It does NOT include any installer mechanisms, and IS NOT intended to be written to a CD.

Code: Select allhttp://sourceforge.net/projects/nas4free/files/NAS4Free-9.1.0.1/9.1.0.1.344/NAS4Free-x64-embedded-9.1.0.1.344.img/download



Download x86 IMG from here:

This is the upgrade/CF image for 32-bit hardware. If you are not performing an upgrade from WebGUI, or doing a special install to CF/flash, this file is probably NOT what you are looking for. It does NOT include any installer mechanisms, and IS NOT intended to be written to a CD.

Code: Select allhttp://sourceforge.net/projects/nas4free/files/NAS4Free-9.1.0.1/9.1.0.1.344/NAS4Free-x86-embedded-9.1.0.1.344.img/download





Download README file from here:

Code: Select allhttp://sourceforge.net/projects/nas4free/files/NAS4Free-9.1.0.1/9.1.0.1.344/README 9.1.0.1.344.txt/download



Cheers.