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Learning FreeNAS: Configure and manage a network attached storage solution 0th Edition
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He first came in to contact with open source software while completing his degree in Business Information Systems. His first job after university was with Digital Equipment Corp. While developing enterprise software for DEC on its UNIX platforms he became more and convinced of the benefits of open source and open-source Unix-like operating systems like Linux and FreeBSD.
After leaving DEC he became a software contractor and after moving to Romania in 2003 he became a freelance Linux/FreeBSD consultant and writer and started publishing articles for the Open Source Technology Group (owners of Linux.com and SourceForge.net). This then led to him writing his first book.
Top Customer Reviews
But I thought my knowledge was lacking so I purchased the Learning FreeNAS book. I have looked at several areas including the ineffective Index.
This book is for some far distant, previous release of FreeNAS and has less than half of what you need to know about many subjects. It does not mention anything about installing on a Hard Disk or Flash drive. I does not mention LiveISO/USB booting & operating.
So installation pretty much a miss. Tried looking up several things in the index. Missing. Wanted to know more about the CIFS configuration. The bottom half of the current screen is missing from the book.
To sum it up, almost everything you need to know, and more than is in this book, is available FOR FREE, on the web. Start with YouTube. With any amount of *nix or Free* knowledge, you already know more than this book does.
Such simple questions as how to install on USB Flash or CF Flash or hard drive are left, essentially unanswered. He goes into configuring your BIOS to boot from USB but not how to make the very thing you need to have to do such a boot from USB flash.
I feel cheated. There are some other sections which contain some useful information but I expect this is on the web, too. If updated to current version(s), this would be a valuable book but as it is, it is only marginally valuable.
As with most of their books the book is around 230 pages, short but crammed with good information. Author, Gary Sims, starts out with an overview of was NAS is and how it can play into your current network and usability.
Gary wastes no time after the first chapters digging in and configuring FreeNAS. He walks you through adding a disk, mounting it, and then connecting to it from a remote PC.
This isn't a super indepth book, I would wager anyone who is familiar with installing software and has the need for storage will be able to follow the principles laid out in the book. Here are some highlights of the book:
* Understand the concepts of Network Attached Storage (NAS) and where FreeNAS server fits into your business.
* Install, configure, and upgrade the FreeNAS server.
* Deploy your NAS following best practices to plan capacity, hardware, backup, redundancy, and network infrastructure.
* Deploy FreeNAS as a file sharing, backup, streaming server by using different protocols like CIFS, NFS, FTP, RSYNC, Unison, AFP, and UPnP.
* Use FreeNAS as a bridge to Storage Area Networks by using SCSI.
* Connect to the FreeNAS server from Windows, OS X, Linux, or UPnP devices.Read more ›
One that I have no problem with recommending to anyone.
I was initially tasked with creating a NAS system for a work project and came across FreeNAS in my searches on the web.
Being a total novice to FreeNAS and not having a clue about NAS storage as a whole I knew I had my work cut out for me.
I picked up Learning FreeNAS book about 6 days ago and I could not put it down! The book wastes no time and gets to the point fast!
Gary has an amazing ability to explain things clearly. I had no trouble being able to do some of the most complex configurations after the first read! (By day 3 I had a confidence in FreeNAS and a strong understanding of the technology that would of taken me weeks to acquire!)
What is evidently clear from the book is that Gary has a passion for FreeNAS technology and he explains it so well. The book is well divided so information was placed in the perfect sections and with his website all the latest developments within FreeNAS are reported.
I felt relaxed that I didn't have to trawl for smidgens of differing titbits of information to decipher. This book gave me the knowledge that i needed and it doesn't cut any corners.
This book initially gave me the knowledge of NAS technologies in a clear and concise manner and now it gives me a solid reference guide for troubleshooting and setting up new FreeNAS in the future as well.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'm sure this was a great book back in 2008, and I normally enjoy reading old books for historical sake, but this is horribly outdated now. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Grayson Kent
The book is based on a very older version of freenas than what is current but still it gives a lot of general knowledge about freenas that I did'nt know. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Joseph P. McNamara
I installed FreeNas on my own and got it working the way I wanted it to work, however this book had a LOT of good information from planning on how to use/build your NAS to setup. Read morePublished on January 6, 2012 by garzjoe
Good basic information, can find same information on the internet, but not in one handy location. With the program changing so often it's hard to keep it up to date. Read morePublished on March 1, 2011 by Danny Serrano
Love the software and ease of use and the book really explains everything is plain English, easy to understand and not dumbed down. Read morePublished on February 16, 2011 by Amazon Customer
This is a good book and a great introduction to FreeNAS. However, it's a bit dated and the book doesn't really cover ZFS at all. Read morePublished on January 18, 2011 by K. Thomas
The Learning FreeNAS book is exactly what I wanted. This easy to understand reference is one of the best I have read to date, After receiving this book I was able to set up a Raid... Read morePublished on February 28, 2010 by Scott Sutton