Some time ago, maybe more than a year, I realised that my NAS4Free NAS was out of date, and to be honest, I wasn’t using it much. Instead of just updating it, I decided to rebuild it as a Linux machine.
Which I did. Then, when I had it up and running, I couldn’t actually think what I wanted to do with it, so I switched it off. And there it sat for many months, gathering dust in the cupboard.
This year, I’ve been running a GoPro on my bike helmet, pretty much every ride. And that’s been really nice, except, as most would know, HD footage takes a lot of space. More space than my 1TB iMac could deal with as the footage slowly built up.
So it was time to rebuild the NAS.
This time I went for FreeNAS. Partly as it looked a little nicer, partly as it seemed a little easier to expand as well. And partly as I hadn’t tried this one.
So with a bit of time over the weekend, I found myself creating boot USB for the FreeNAS iso and setting up the server again.
So the old N54L Proliant I use only has 2GB of RAM. FreeNAS recommends 8GB, however it did install and it seems to be running well. It’s only a NAS so it isn’t put to task very hard. I’ll pick up some RAM soon and expand it.
One of the things I really wanted to get humming along is backups. This was problematic on NAS4Free (because I didn’t update it mostly). I’ve got one share set up as a Time Machine target and at the moment its working well. I have the iMac backing up to both the current USB HDD and the NAS. Eventually I’ll remove the USB drive, once I’m happy its stable.
Later I’ll investigate backing up the PC as well, though this is less critical.
But the main use for the NAS is meant to be as a file storage for the raw GoPro footage. I can’t seem to get this running properly yet. It’s a permission thing, either the iMac is connecting as the wrong user, or I don’t have the permissions on the second share set up properly. Or, as I suspect, a little of both. I’ll spend some time over the week messing with it to see. At this stage, if it ends up with me deleting storage pools and the like, I’m not worried as it’s not the primary backup yet.
But it will be nice to free up a USB slot in the iMac, have a more reliable (and larger) backup storage as well as having all that extra room to store stuff.
*EDIT – Found the permission problem. I wasn’t checking the box against APPLY USER, after choosing the new user in the permissions interface for the storage pool.