This video tutorial shows FreeNAS 11 Storage Installation, Configuration and Overview on Oracle VirtualBox step by step. We also create and configure Storage Volume and setup Samba/SMB/CIFS share on FreeNAS storage. This tutorial is also helpful to installing FreeNAS 11 on physical computer hardware or bare-metal server.

1- Create Virtual Machine on Oracle VirtualBox
2- Start FreeNAS 11 Storage Installation
3- FreeNAS Storage Initial Configuration
4- Create New User and Group on FreeNAS
5- Create Storage Volume
6- Create, Configure and Test NFS and CIFS/SMB Shares
7- FreeNAS 11 Storage Overview

FreeNAS 11 New Features and Improvements
FreeNAS 11.0 is based on FreeBSD 11-STABLE, which adds the latest drivers and performance improvements. Users will benefit from the overall systematic, architectural, and performance improvements. FreeNAS 11.0 also introduces the beta version of a new administration GUI. The new GUI is based on the popular Angular framework and the FreeNAS team expects the GUI to be themeable and feature complete by 11.1. The new GUI follows the same flow as the existing GUI, but looks better. For now, the FreeNAS team has released it in beta form to get input from the FreeNAS community. The new GUI, as well as the classic GUI, are selectable from the login screen.

Also new in FreeNAS 11 is an Alert Service page which configures the system to send critical alerts from FreeNAS to other applications and services such as Slack, PagerDuty, AWS, Hipchat, InfluxDB, Mattermost, OpsGenie, and VictorOps. FreeNAS 11.0 has an improved Services menu that adds the ability to manage which services and applications are started at boot.
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FreeNAS 11 Minimum System Hardware Requirements
These specifications will suffice to get a small FreeNAS install running reliably with moderate performance for a few users.
– Multicore 64-bit processor (Intel strongly recommended)
– 8GB Boot Drive (USB Flash Drive suffices)
– At least 1 direct attached disk (Hardware RAID strongly discouraged)
– One physical network port

FreeNAS no longer supports 32-bit hardware. The last FreeNAS Release with 32-bit hardware support was FreeNAS This release also supported the UFS filesystem. Deployments on 32-bit hardware using UFS had lower hardware requirements of a 4GB boot device and 4GB of RAM. PLEASE NOTE that further security and stability updates to the 9.2.1.x branch are not guaranteed.

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