FreeNAS is an open-source and easy to use network-attached storage (NAS) software based on Linux FreeBSD developed by iXsystems under the BSD license, and it uses the OpenZFS file system.

Using FreeNAS, you can set up a robust file server to share content in the network with Windows 10 as well as macOS and Linux users. It has a self-healing file system, snapshots, and replication. And you can run virtual machines and Docker.

All the FreeNAS help guides will be found in this section.

FreeNAS hardware requirements

  • Processor: Intel 64-bit (recommended) or AMD 64-bit.
  • Memory: 8GB (minimum) ECC RAM (recommended).
  • Boot drive: 8GB (minimum). 16GB (recommended). SSD (recommended), SATADOM, or USB sticks can be used for boot devices.
  • Storage drives: NAS-specific hard drives like Western Digital (WD) Red are recommended.
  • Hardware RAID: Hardware RAID cards are not recommended as they prevent direct access and reduce reliability.
  • Networking: Intel or Chelsio 1GbE or 10GbE Ethernet cards (recommended).