Behind-the-Scenes of the FreeNAS Mini XL | How to: Add SSL Certificates to FreeNAS & Mirror Your Boot Drive | Issue #33

Hello FreeNAS Users,
We ship a lot of FreeNAS Minis and Mini XLs every month but ever wonder how they get built? This month, we take a behind-the-scenes look at the production of the FreeNAS Mini XL. By popular demand, we’ve also released a tutorial video that demonstrates how to add SSL certificates in FreeNAS. Lastly, let’s clear up some of the confusion behind the term “software-defined storage” and check out some community-created content including a tutorial for mirroring boot devices and a program that allows ZFS to work with Amazon S3.

The FreeNAS Team
How it’s Made – FreeNAS Mini XL
After we released the 8-bay FreeNAS Mini XL, we thought it’d be cool to show off all the parts, effort, and care that goes into building each FreeNAS Mini XL. Here’s the result– a nifty time lapse video that condenses several days of hard work into a quick 1-minute video. Enjoy! Watch Now >>
FreeNAS 9.10 – Certificate Authority & SSL Certificates
Need to secure connections to your FreeNAS system? FreeNAS can act as a Certificate Authority and import certificates, create certificates, or issue certificate signing requests. Our newest video tutorial covers the basics of CA and SSL certificates and demonstrates how to set them up. Watch Now >>

DCIG Buyer's Guide

Clearly-Defined Storage
“Software-Defined Storage” is a term that gets thrown around a lot, but what does it really mean? We shed some light on the subject to help you make informed decisions. Read More >>
Mirroring the FreeNAS USB Boot Device
If you’re worried about running FreeNAS on a USB drive, this great article from Brian Moses has step-by-step instructions for mirroring the boot device. Mirroring the boot device keeps your system running even if one of the USB drives fails. Read More >>
Minio on FreeNAS
A big thanks goes out to user Harshavardhana for sharing this program to make ZFS work with Amazon S3. Minio is an object cloud storage server compatible with Amazon S3. Check it out >>

FreeBSD Journal

6 Reasons Why TrueNAS is replacing NetApp and EMC – Free Webinar
We invite you to join Matt Olander, Co-Founder and CSO of iXsystems, in a free webinar about TrueNAS. Find out why people are making the switch from big-name, legacy storage vendors to TrueNAS. Read more >>
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TechTip #29
FreeNAS can notify you of Volume and disk issues by email. To configure these notifications, go to: System: Email
Join the Team
iXsystems, the company that sponsors FreeNAS, is looking for a few good people to join our team. Interested? The full list of available positions can be found on our website.
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