FreeNAS Update

I forgot to put in the obligatory logo 🙂

I’m well on my way through my FreeNAS build. For my boot drive I picked up two Kingston 120GB A400 SSDs on Amazon for CDN$25 each. That is only slightly more expensive than a “good” USB memory stick. These are mirrored and plugged into the two SATA3 (6Gb/s) ports on the motherboard.

The Qnap NAS has been decommissioned with the two 3 TB WD Reds added to FreeNAS. The 3 TB Red my son had “borrowed” for his gaming PC has been “reacquired.” My “spare” 3 TB Red has been added to FreeNAS and I bought another 3 TB Red. That has been made into a RAIDZ2. RAIDZ2 is like RAID6. You get double parity to tolerate multiple disk failures. That gives me 7.4 TB of usable space.

I have two MiniDLNA servers running is jails on the two different subnets getting rid of the IGMP proxy I noted in my previous post. The great thing is that the same volume groups (one for music, one for movies) can both be used by each of the MiniDLNA servers so I don’t need to duplicate storage.

Next item is dealing with NFS, physical interfaces and subnets for sharing space with my ESXi server.

About Mike Pelley

Let’s see… A little about me… I’ve been around information technology since 1983 with computers such as DEC Rainbows (weird machine – the standard DOS couldn’t format its own floppy disks – remember them? – and I had to format them on a friend’s IBM PC) to Radio Shack TRS-80 to Apple ][e and Apple //c in the beginning. I have programmed in 8-bit assembly language on 6502, FORTRAN and COBOL on IBM System/370 (and I still hate JCL), VAX BASIC and COBOL (and a weird and massive WordPerfect 4.0 macro) on DEC VMS (Alpha), C/C++ on Digital Unix (ALPHA), and C/C++, Perl (it may be powerful but I still hate it), PHP on Linux (Red Hat, Centos, Ubuntu, etc.). I have work with databases such as Digital RDB (later to become Oracle RDB), Oracle DBMS, Microsoft SQL Server, MySQL and PostgreSQL on VAX, Alpha, Sun and Intel. Check out my professional profile and connect with me on LinkedIn. See I still think that Digital created some of the best ideas in the world: VAX clustering, DSSI disks (forerunner to SCSI) and the Alpha processor (first commercial 64-bit processor – Red Hat screamed on an Alpha!). DEC just could not seem to be able to give air conditioners away to someone lost in the Sahara Desert! VMware is one of the best ways to get the most out of an x64 server. And I have tried Oracle VM, Virtual Box and Microsoft Virtual Server. Outside of that I am a huge military history buff starting in the early 20th century. I love Ford Mustangs (my ’87 Mustang GT was awesome) and if I had the money I would have a Porsche 928S4. If I had a lot of money I would have a Porsche 911 Turbo. I also play too much AmrA 3 Exile mod. Over 5,000+ hours... I have a wonderful son, Cameron. I have a long suffering (Do you really need all that computer junk?) wife, Paula. I live in Paradise, Newfoundland and Labrador.
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