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Evaluate Windows 8 in VirtualBox running on openSUSE Linux
Last edited on: 24/02/2013 - 12:01

Being a die-hard Linux user I have tried to eliminate Microsoft products from my life. Unfortunately I've not been totally successful, and I still have recourse to using a few software packages that are only available on the Windows platform. Therefore I have three options - (1) Use a second machine to run the Windows apps, (2) Reboot my Linux machine into a Windows partition, (3) Run a VirtualBox in Linux, and in that VirtualBox have a copy of Windows running.

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Building a Home FreeNAS Server - Automatic CIFS SMB Connection over Wireless
Last edited on: 26/08/2012 - 16:09

The Dolphin client connection to the FreeNAS server highlighted in my earlier tutorial at Building-a-Home-FreeNAS-Server--Configuration is good for a quick-and-dirty connection to check everything looks ok. However, there are two shortcomings with this approach. Firstly, a manual intervention is required to effect the connection and awkward parameters and syntax need remembering, and secondly files will be copied locally before being executed.

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Building a Home FreeNAS Server - Copying Data From Linux HD
Last edited on: 10/08/2012 - 12:50

Once my FreeNAS server was up and running, I needed to get my existing data on to it. One possibility is copying over the LAN, but since most of my data is held on ext2 Linux had drives, it made sens to me to mount these drives in the FreeNAS server, and copy using the command line.

Here is an example on how to achieve it. I have chosen to copy the contents of a 400GB IDE HD which holds my MP3 music collection into the FreeNAS file store.

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Building a Home FreeNAS Server - Troubleshooting
Last edited on: 10/08/2012 - 11:31

The first time that I rebooted my completed FreeNAS server I was surprised to note it wouldn't boot. I got a diagnostic:

This is a FreeNAS data disk and can not boot system. System halted.

In fact this isn't a FreeNAS problem - it's a problem with the boot order of the PC which is set in the BIOS. This was a big surprise because I'd configured the BIOS to only boot from the USB memory stick. But that's not the entire story.

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Building a Home FreeNAS Server - Configuration
Last edited on: 09/08/2012 - 15:12

It's not my intention to duplicate all the configuration screens documented at FreeNAS, but the first thing you should do is lock down your server by setting the admin password by going to Account -> My Account -> Change Admin User

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Building a Home FreeNAS Server - FreeNAS Installation
Last edited on: 09/08/2012 - 09:09

As mentioned previously, I decided to go for the USB memory stick installation rather than the optical drive installation. To do this, download the latest .xz image from the FreeNAS website, and use the xzcat utility piped through dd to write to the memory stick. Note: Satisfy yourself first you know the USB memory stick's device. On my system it is /dev/sdb but in most instances would be /dev/sda. Get this wrong and you could wipe your system accidentally.


linux-2jex:/ # cd /tmp

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Building a Home FreeNAS Server - Bill of Materials
Last edited on: 08/08/2012 - 11:38

The objective of the exercise was to build a budget FreeNAS server with 4TB capacity to house my music collection in MP3 and FLAC format, yet costs as little as is possible by reusing hardware from previous projects. I was actually very lucky; in most instances there is additional expense, such as having to buy additional cabling, screws, or Molex to SATA connectors. In this instance I didn't have to buy anything else - I was able to source everything from the bone yards that are my many junk boxes.

Bill of Materials

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Building a Home FreeNAS Server - Sundry Hardware
Last edited on: 08/08/2012 - 11:36

The remaining hardware fell into place relatively easily. There were precious few decisions to be made - it was a case of what I had, I used.

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Building a Home FreeNAS Server - Motherboard + CPU
Last edited on: 05/08/2012 - 11:14

I have two motherboards I've used in previous projects, either of which is a likely candidate for my FreeNAS server. The reality is a brand new motherboard and CPU are totally unnecessary for a home use NAS; what I have available will more than be sufficient for my needs. So which motherboard do I use?

ASUS P5E-VM HMDI Socket LGA775 with Intel Core 2 CPU 6300 @ 1.86 GHz

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Building a Home FreeNAS Server - Requirements
Last edited on: 05/08/2012 - 11:09

With a disparate collection of old IDE drives ripped out of old servers and PCs, my personal data is well and truly fragmented and a complete dog's dinner. I have a stack of these IDE drives on a shelf underneath my coffee table in the living room, and every time I need to access some data I would connect a drive to my laptop through the USB port using this IDE/SATA switch. This was distinctly trial and error when trying to locate the file I wanted, but worse the unit actually burnt out last week anyway after some hefty usage.

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