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Links to useful threads

Links to useful threads

I created this resource so I could share this list of links with the forum. I accumulated these links over the last few years to help me remember where to find some important information. I hope that others will find this helpful.

Most are inside the forum but a couple are to external sites that I use.

I will certainly add more as time goes on so be sure to check back...

Hardware Requirements
https://www.freenas.org/hardware-requirements/

Did you read the manual?

Latest version, as of today: https://www.ixsystems.com/documentation/freenas/

Download the latest version of FreeNAS: https://download.freenas.org/latest/

Forum Guidelines
https://www.ixsystems.com/community/threads/forum-guidelines.45124/

The 'Hidden' Cost of Using ZFS for Your Home NAS
https://louwrentius.com/the-hidden-cost-of-using-zfs-for-your-home-nas.html

Slideshow explaining VDev, zpool, ZIL and L2ARC
https://www.ixsystems.com/community...ning-vdev-zpool-zil-and-l2arc-for-noobs.7775/

Overview of ZFS Pools in FreeNAS from the iXsystems blog:
https://www.ixsystems.com/blog/zfs-pools-in-freenas/

Terminology and Abbreviations Primer
https://www.ixsystems.com/community/threads/terminology-and-abbreviations-primer.28174/

Why not to use RAID-5 or RAIDz1
https://www.zdnet.com/article/why-raid-5-stops-working-in-2009/

FreeNAS® Quick Hardware Guide
https://www.ixsystems.com/community/resources/freenas®-quick-hardware-guide.7/

Hardware Recommendations Guide Rev. 1e) 2017-05-06
https://www.ixsystems.com/community/resources/hardware-recommendations-guide.12/

Hardware Recommendations by cyberjock - from 26 Aug 2014 - and still valid
https://www.ixsystems.com/community/threads/hardware-recommendations-read-this-first.23069/

Proper Power Supply Sizing Guidance
https://www.ixsystems.com/community/threads/proper-power-supply-sizing-guidance.38811/

Don't be afraid to be SAS-sy
https://www.ixsystems.com/community/resources/don't-be-afraid-to-be-sas-sy.48/

Confused about that LSI card? Join the crowd ...
https://www.ixsystems.com/community/threads/confused-about-that-lsi-card-join-the-crowd.11901/

ZFS RAID size and reliability calculator 2017-05-17
https://www.ixsystems.com/community/resources/zfs-raid-size-and-reliability-calculator.49/

Building, Burn-In, and Testing your FreeNAS system
https://www.ixsystems.com/community/resources/building-burn-in-and-testing-your-freenas-system.38/

GitHub repository for FreeNAS scripts, including disk burnin
https://www.ixsystems.com/community...for-freenas-scripts-including-disk-burnin.28/
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Original Bidule0hm - Scripts to report SMART, ZPool and UPS status, HDD/CPU T°, HDD identification and backup the config
https://www.ixsystems.com/community/threads/scripts-to-report-smart-zpool-and-ups-status-hdd-cpu-t°-hdd-identification-and-backup-the-config.27365/

solnet-array-test (for drive / array speed) non destructive test by jgreco
https://www.ixsystems.com/community/resources/solnet-array-test.1/

Useful Commands
https://www.ixsystems.com/community/threads/useful-commands.30314/#post-195192

Hard Drive Troubleshooting Guide (All Versions of FreeNAS)
https://www.ixsystems.com/community...bleshooting-guide-all-versions-of-freenas.17/

CAM status: ATA Status Errors - thread
https://www.ixsystems.com/community/threads/cam-status-ata-status-error.16833/

Moving FreeNAS to new Hardware by Ericloewe
https://www.ixsystems.com/community/resources/moving-freenas-to-new-hardware.89/

10 Gig Networking Primer
https://www.ixsystems.com/community/resources/10-gig-networking-primer.42/

40Gb Mellanox card setup - infiniband
https://www.ixsystems.com/community/threads/40gb-mellanox-card-setup.51343/

Fibre Channel on FreeNAS 11.1u4
https://www.ixsystems.com/community/resources/fibre-channel-on-freenas-11-1u4.93/

Detailed newcomers' guide to crossflashing LSI 9211/9300/9311 HBA and variants
https://www.ixsystems.com/community...shing-lsi-9211-9300-9311-hba-and-variants.54/

LSI 9207-8i can I erase JUST the bios & leave the FW
https://www.ixsystems.com/community...just-the-bios-leave-the-fw.60861/#post-432639

Setting up SMB 3 multichannel on FreeNAS
https://www.ixsystems.com/community/resources/setting-up-smb-3-multichannel-on-freenas.76/

Build Report: Node 304 + X10SDV-TLN4F [ESXi/FreeNAS AIO]
https://www.ixsystems.com/community...node-304-x10sdv-tln4f-esxi-freenas-aio.57116/

Pheran's 32TB FreeNAS build with photos
https://www.ixsystems.com/community/threads/pherans-32tb-freenas-build-with-photos.35694/

Pheran's 80TB FreeNAS Build with photos: Kaby Lake Edition
https://www.ixsystems.com/community...as-build-with-photos-kaby-lake-edition.62748/

The ZFS ZIL and SLOG Demystified
https://www.ixsystems.com/blog/zfs-zil-and-slog-demystified/

Some insights into SLOG/ZIL with ZFS on FreeNAS
https://www.ixsystems.com/community/threads/some-insights-into-slog-zil-with-zfs-on-freenas.13633/

Testing the benefits of SLOG using a RAM disk!
https://www.ixsystems.com/community/threads/testing-the-benefits-of-slog-using-a-ram-disk.56561/

SLOG benchmarking and finding the best SLOG
https://www.ixsystems.com/community/threads/slog-benchmarking-and-finding-the-best-slog.63521/

How to relocate swap to an SSD or other partition - [not needed in v 11.1 and newer systems]
https://www.ixsystems.com/community/resources/how-to-relocate-swap-to-an-ssd-or-other-partition.68/

Why iSCSI often requires more resources for the same result (block storage)
https://www.ixsystems.com/community...res-more-resources-for-the-same-result.28178/

Some differences between RAIDZ and mirrors, and why we use mirrors for block storage (iSCSI)
https://www.ixsystems.com/community...and-why-we-use-mirrors-for-block-storage.112/

There is a guide called, "Uncle Fester's FreeNAS Beginner's Guide". It is currently being updated with new graphics to bring it from the FreeNAS 11.1 (old GUI) to the FreeNAS 11.2 version with the new GUI. You can find a link to this very informative, step-by-step, guide here:
https://www.ixsystems.com/community/resources/uncle-festers-freenas-beginners-guide.120/

"Absolutely must virtualize FreeNAS!" ... a guide to not completely losing your data.
https://www.ixsystems.com/community...ide-to-not-completely-losing-your-data.12714/

Virtually FreeNAS ... an alternative for those seeking virtualization
https://www.ixsystems.com/community...ative-for-those-seeking-virtualization.26095/

FreeNAS 9.10 on VMware ESXi 6.0 Guide
https://b3n.org/freenas-9-3-on-vmware-esxi-6-0-guide/

Disk Price/Performance Analysis Buying Information
https://www.ixsystems.com/community/resources/disk-price-performance-analysis-buying-information.62/

ZFS Drive Size and Cost Comparison Spreadsheet
https://www.ixsystems.com/community/threads/zfs-drive-size-and-cost-comparison-spreadsheet.38092/

Shucking Seagate Backup Plus HUB 8TB (for Barracudas)
https://www.ixsystems.com/community...irmware-flash-for-better-freenas-usage.59566/

ZFS: Adding a drive to create a mirror
https://www.ixsystems.com/community/threads/create-zfs-mirror-by-adding-a-drive.14880/post-81348

Utility: disklist.pl, for listing partition, gptid, slot, devices, disktype, serial num, & multipath
https://www.ixsystems.com/community...ktype-serial-num-multipath.59319/#post-421424

UPS not communicating
https://www.ixsystems.com/community/threads/email-zfs-data-corruption.64155/#post-461116

Untangle and FreeNAS: Secure, Free Remote VPN access to your FreeNAS server 1.0
https://www.ixsystems.com/community...-remote-vpn-access-to-your-freenas-server.88/

3.3 volt HDD problem, WD PDF:
https://documents.westerndigital.co...h-brief-western-digital-power-disable-pin.pdf

video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9W3-uOl4ruc

The Year of 100GbE in Data Center Networks
https://www.datacenterknowledge.com/networks/year-100gbe-data-center-networks

How to kill off SMB1, NetBIOS, WINS and *still* have Windows' Network Neighbourhood better than ever
https://www.ixsystems.com/community...s-network-neighbourhood-better-than-ever.106/

Successful Build with AMD Epyc and Supermicro H11SSL-i
https://www.ixsystems.com/community...cro-h11ssl-i-do-freenas-11.63854/#post-490815

Impaired rsync permissions support for Windows datasets
https://www.ixsystems.com/community...rmissions-support-for-windows-datasets.43973/

Informational videos, mostly about SAS hardware
https://www.ixsystems.com/community/resources/informational-videos-mostly-about-sas-hardware.105/

Add a mirror drive to an existing single disk vdev:
https://www.ixsystems.com/community/threads/create-zfs-mirror-by-adding-a-drive.14880/post-453290

A link to a useful ZFS capacity calculator tool:
https://wintelguy.com/zfs-calc.pl

Booting from USB is not recommended, but if you really must boot from USB, the thing that has been observed to be the most reliable is the 32GB USB 2.0 Sandisk Cruzer Fit.
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https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA1UH8P39771

ghetto acoustic by jgreco
https://www.ixsystems.com/community...-mb-cpu-hds-recommendations.24453/post-255614

Bring a broken directory over from another FreeNAS:
https://www.ixsystems.com/community...ll-to-replace-wrong-bin-sh.74119/#post-514326

Download Links:
Latest (as of 10 May 2019):
https://download.freenas.org/11.2/STABLE/U4.1/x64/FreeNAS-11.2-U4.1.iso
Version I am using (as of 22 Feb 2019):
https://download.freenas.org/11/11.1-U7/x64/FreeNAS-11.1-U7.iso

Where is the backup config db:
https://www.ixsystems.com/community/threads/update-went-wrong.74084/page-2#post-514298

Forum Help Page:
https://www.ixsystems.com/community/help/

Interested in the API for FreeNAS:
The rewrite from the old API to the new middlewared continues. Once the API stabilizes and the rewrite is complete, api.freenas.org will be deprecated and replaced by the new API documentation. In the mean time, to see the API documentation for the new middleware, log into the new UI, click on the URL for the FreeNAS system in your browser’s location bar, and add /api/docs to the end of that URL.


A Complete Guide to FreeNAS Hardware Design, Part I: Purpose and Best Practices
by Josh Paetzel; iXsystems Director of IT; Feb 3, 2015
http://www.freenas.org/blog/a-compl...are-design-part-i-purpose-and-best-practices/

A Complete Guide to FreeNAS Hardware Design, Part II: Hardware Specifics
by Josh Paetzel; iXsystems Director of IT; Feb 5, 2015
http://www.freenas.org/blog/a-complete-guide-to-freenas-hardware-design-part-ii-hardware-specifics/

A Complete Guide to FreeNAS Hardware Design, Part III: Pools, Performance, and Cache
by Josh Paetzel; iXsystems Director of IT; Feb 10, 2015
http://www.freenas.org/blog/a-compl...-design-part-iii-pools-performance-and-cache/

A Complete Guide to FreeNAS Hardware Design, Part IV: Network Notes & Conclusion
by Josh Paetzel; iXsystems Director of IT; Feb 12, 2015
http://www.freenas.org/blog/a-compl...ware-design-part-iv-network-notes-conclusion/

A decent looking $300 DIY 16 drive DAS build - from r/DataHoarder
https://www.reddit.com/r/DataHoarder/comments/89jqfu/my_300_diy_16_drive_das_build/

Drive Cage Part for 4U, 24 bay, Supper Chassi:
Supermicro MCP-220-84603-ON 2.5" Fixed HDD Tray
https://www.amazon.com/Supermicro-MCP-220-84603-2-5-Fixed-Tray/dp/B009AF7Z22

FreeNAS 9.3 upgrade not working - fix to get to 9.10:
https://www.ixsystems.com/community...file-from-web-ixsystems-com.75437/post-524208

Cannot eject RDX removable device
https://www.ixsystems.com/community/threads/cannot-eject-rdx-removable-device.68297/#post-468073

ZFS send and receive with netcat instead of ssh (for trusted networks)
https://www.ixsystems.com/community/threads/replication-stream-compression.73563/post-509985

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Very good compilation of various resources.
I used to look for Chris posts to find those links hidden in his signature... Glad to finally find it in the resource section where it belongs!
Excellent resource.
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