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FreeNAS 11.2-U5 media preparation woes....

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Hello everyone,

I have been trying for weeks now to prepare USB and CD-ROM installation media to install on my NAS system. Unfortunately, my BIOS doesn't seem to recognize any of the installation media as a boot drive. I am currently trying to use an ASUS Mini PC as my server, with an 8 bay DAS attached for my storage drives. I know it isn't ideal, but it was what I had access to at this point. My primary concern is I cannot even seem to get FreeNAS loaded. Thoughts?

Any and all help is greatly appreciated.
 
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USB boot media can sometimes be problematic on some hardware platforms and OS's, its certainly not an issue unique to freenas, but cd/dvd installs have never let me down for any installation. My first guess is a bios configuration thats causing you the challange. So lets start with the most basic question, does your system recognize other boot media? Say a win10 or ubuntu install on a USB or dvd? If those are not recognized then we know its an issue with bios and/or boot config if they work and its just the freenas media thats a problem we can start asking more specific questions around how your preparing the media.
 
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I had the same problems with FreeNAS 11.2-U5. I tried multiple USB sticks, several different imaging software and even tried to flash the USB stick from several computers. I had lost all my hope.. as a last resort, I tried to flash FreeNAS 11.1-U7, and IT WORKED! It had no problems booting the USB stick.

Maybe the FreeNAS 11.2-U5 version is somehow corrupt? Does anyone have success at booting the installation from this version?
 
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I was able to successfully install 11.2-u5 via both a usb and DVD as recently as last week. (granted I haven't solved the issues of doing it over ipmi-sol I talked about in my ticket from a few days ago, but that's a wholey different issue) but yes the boot media worked fine. I created the USB using Rufus.
 
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Some motherboards have issues booting FreeNAS from media that is configured for UEFI. I would try the following:

Configure the FreeNAS installer to create a UEFI boot image. Make certain your motherboard bios is configured for the proper boot device and give it a try. This ought to be OK for most modern systems. However, if it this does not work, then make a BIOS (or Legacy) boot image and give that a try. Again, make certain your motherboard bios is set for the proper boot device.

On the system in my signature, I was able to use UEFI boot from flash drives - but when I switched to booting from SSD, I had to use legacy BIOS boot. I don't know why, but I do know that some systems are sensitive to this problem.
 
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I had problems creating the bootable USB stick (before choosing UEFI of BIOS mode). Anyways, I finally was able to create a bootable USB installer stick of FreeNAS 11.2-U5 using the ImageUSB tool! Rufus, Balenca etc didn't work for me... don't know why.
 
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