Best of 2017

This is the time of year that many companies publish their best of lists and we are doing the same. As 2017 draws to a close, we take a look back on some of the information that encouraged you to deploy storage based on the world’s most popular software-defined storage operating system, FreeNAS.

You watched our videos on TrueNAS and FreeNAS over 100,000 times. It is clear that some of you are interested in an earlier release of FreeNAS. If you are interested in downloading FreeNAS 11, you can find it here. Here is the list of the top five most viewed videos:

1. FreeNAS to TrueNAS  1. FreeNAS 11 – How To Install 
2. ZFS 101 a.k.a ZFS Is Cool 2. FreeNAS 9.2.1: Plex 
3. Kris Moore – Unveiling TrueOS 3. FreeNAS 11 – What’s New 
4. Quick Overview of TrueNAS 4. FreeNAS 9.3 – First Time Setup
5. Setting Up Your First NAS  5. How To Replace Failed HDD 



FreeNAS and TrueNAS make it simpler and more economical for both SMBs and enterprises to modernize their IT infrastructures with a cost-effective OpenZFS-based enterprise storage array. This is demonstrated by the over 60,000 3rd-party videos on FreeNAS and TrueNAS. The most watched 3rd party videos in 2017 were:

  1. Building My Own NAS – Home file server build with FreeNAS [Taylor Tech]
  2. Getting Started With FreeNAS 11: Install, Configure, Setup Users, Setup Shares & How Snapshots Work [Lawrence Systems]
  3. The New FreeNAS 11 Web UI is better looking than Corral UI! [Keith Walker
  4. 36 TB FreeNAS Build: Hardware & Setup. Kingwin Tray-Less Hot-Swap & Western Digital Red NAS Drive [Lawrence Tech]
  5. Crazy 16TB 2017 Home NAS Build // FreeNAS, ESXi, iSCSI [Guy, Robot]

There are a lot of resources on the FreeNAS forums around building and using FreeNAS. Here are the top five that you found most helpful:

  1. Disk Price Analysis
  2. FreeNAS Community Hardware Recommendations Guide 
  3. FN11 Jails for Plex, PlexPy, Sonarr, Radarr, Headphones, Jackett, Ombi, Transmission, Organizr 
  4. Github repository for FreeNAS scripts, including disk burn-in 
  5. Replacing a Failed / Failing Disk

I hope that you found this list useful and that it prompted you to view information that you missed the first time around. The iXsystems Team wishes a safe and happy holiday to all of you and your families. Thank you for a great 2017, and we’re looking forward to the arrival of big things in 2018!


  1. John Germain

    Man I learned a lot building my 1st FreeNAS rig. Most expensive mistake was finding out that there are forward and reverse cables. Next mistake, was finding out the different model numbers for the same size drive and that I had started putting SATA drives into my SAS backplane. I then bought the best controller ever, my LSI 9305i which of course required new cables. I learned to flash the BIOS on that controller too after FreeBSD ver. 11. Now there are cheap USB drives, and I found them, but honestly I love my new mirrored USB thumbnail sized Boot sticks and how well they Scrub. My last major item I learned after buying SSD’s for a Cache and Log drive. Yes I found I didn’t need them in my application and that my ECC memory was actually faster, and the Cache could actually compromise my Zpool. Thanks for the lessons, i think I’m getting it, and cant wait to learn what i can do with all this hardware.

    • Joon Lee

      Thank you for your support! We believe in you, John!


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