Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Experiments with FreeNAS

As part of the lab for class, we're installing FreeNAS in VMware Workstation and configuring it for various functions. This week's class involved installing the version 0.7.1 (the most recent stable version) and a Redhat VM. Again, getting it up and running was interesting/fun.

Jim, a classmate, learned that you could add drives to FreeNAS without shutting the VM down. We're still not sure if this is "good practice" (or even a feature) but it's interesting none-the-less. For some reason, his new drives show up as SCSI.

I'm still finding stuff in the menu to play with. SNMP, LDAP, and WEBDAV have piqued my interest. I'm wondering how well FreeNAS would work as back-end storage for Alfresco and/or KnowledgeTree. Nagios looks like it'd make a good monitoring tool.

Configuration notes are coming. The wiki migration is 99% done (I have a few dozen pages to transcode). I'll start adding new notes once the new wiki is stood up.