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Learning FreeNAS: Configure and manage a network attached storage solution 0th Edition

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Gary Sims is a freelance Linux/FreeBSD consultant and writer from the UK and has been working with open-source software since the mid 1990s. He first saw Linux while completing his degree in Business Information Systems at Portsmouth University. Then while working for Digital Equipment Corp he came in to contact with DEC's Ultrix and later Digital UNIX (formerly OSF/1). 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 with Packt.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 244 pages
  • Publisher: Packt Publishing (September 10, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847194680
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847194688
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,047,957 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gary Sims is a freelance Linux/FreeBSD consultant and writer from the UK and has been working with open-source software since the mid 1990s.

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.

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This was my first excursion into a *nix or Free* type of operating system. I did not know what CHOWN or CHMOD was a couple of weeks ago. I scrathed around the web and found out about both and many other things about FreeNAS.

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.

Mike Morrow
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By Dan-o on February 27, 2011
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Book is based on FreeNAS version 6.8, current version from web is 7.2. Menus are all different and book has no mention of ZFS. Almost everything I looked at was outdated. I'm returning the book as I can find more current information on-line.
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This book is totally outdated,and should be removed from the bookstore. We're now into Free as 9.2,and there's nothing in this book that reflects that version,and if the seller has any semblance of credibility, he should desist from selling this book! Unfortunate for me,I can't return it because I wrote some things on the inside cover.
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Packt Publishing has done it again! Another great book about technology that matters. This time I am talking about FreeNAS. If you are like me and you have oodles of movies, music, pictures and just plain data that you want to keep safe and secure, and possibly free up some space on your main PC or laptop, then you really need to know about FreeNAS. There is no better way to know about FreeNAS than to read Learning FreeNAS from Packt Publishing.

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.
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Learning FreeNAS is a superb book.
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.

In conclusion:
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.
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