- Store all your data
- Act as a WEB - Server
- Streaming music and video via UPNP
- Providing music to iTunes
- Supporting NFS, Windows shares, AFP, FTP and more.
And the software is for FREE
I am talking about FREENAS.
FREENAS comes in its actual version 8.0. This version is rather "hardware hungry" but with the version 7.2 stable release you can get everything you need running with moderate hardware requirements
So clean the drill press, fire up your solder iron and lets start.
Step 1: Parts
Freenas don´t needs a lot off power. But if you plan to use RAID5 or RAID10 it is a good idea to a bit more power.
- 1,6 GHz CPU semi passiv mainboard (mini ITX form factor)
- 1 GByte RAM
- A SATA . extension card with four connectors
- 4 x 500 GByte SATA Hard disks (if you plan to run the NAS around the clock its a goof´d idea to buy 24/7 featured HDD´s
- 1 CF -Card with a minimum of 128 MByte or an USB thumb drive for the operating system
- 1 CF Holder if you like to use a CF -Card
- 1 modified Power supply
- SATA cables
- 1 12 cm FAN with 3 pin connector to connect it to the motherboard.
- A CD with Freenas 7.2 you. You can download the ISO image here: CLICK
- A USB CD -ROM drive for the installation
- A monitor only for installtion
- A keyboard only for installation
- A voltage meter
- A 3 position switch
- A push button
- 3 LED´s
- Some brass washer
- Some brass srews
- Some pieces of multiplex wood depending on the case you like to build
- Some mountings for the hard drives
- Tools, stain, etc.