Building a 20 disk FreeNas fileserver – part 1

Welcome to part one of my “Building a 20 disk FreeNas fileserver” blog. Years ago, I built a fileserver to satisfy my file sharing, music playing, Kodi viewing and backup pleasure. It has definitely served me well over the years, but it really began to show its age. The biggest annoyance was the 10mbps network interface which was adequate for most use but, as you might expect, copying large amounts of data just took ages.

So I embarked on the ever joyful upgrade experience track and today, I am happy to announce that “FileServer Mark-II” is fully up and running.

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Building a mini cluster – Part 10: Adding the finishing touches

Another few weeks have gone by and since the last update, the mini cluster build has been completed.
Before anything else, let’s go through a few photo series detailing the most interesting parts of this final stretch.
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Building a mini cluster – Part 8: Cluster software setup woes

Now that the cluster is powered, I can start setting up the software environment I want to use. Since my plans for the cluster is to try out new things whenever something interesting comes along, I want to be able to remotely start, stop and reinstall  the cluster nodes as easily as possible.
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