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OP.

http://homeserver.wikidot.com/live-usb

Make sure you do this in Windows XP.
It WILL NOT work in Windows 7.

How do I know? Hours of frustration.
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The question I would ask is what are you trying to do with the server. Is this going to be strictly a file server? a app server? a what ever you want to do with it server? If you just want a quick and dirty file server and don't need to configure anything and don't need to worry about security rights then boot up trinity and run the windows file server in guest mode. I don't really see a flash drive having the required I/O speeds to do anything other than for this purpose so my question again what are you plaining to do with the server?
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Ok now this I actually found interesting. It's kind of like the UNetbootin thing above (ISO boot on a thumb drive) except

I just wish Linux could boot up the way FreeNAS does instead of sorta/kinda/hack. I wonder if that sort of solution is available to CentOS...
You wanted hardware independent, and the price you pay is a somewhat different boot process. As for CentOS, still waiting on 6.... I'm at the point now where I actually had to start some new projects on Ubuntu 10.04 server. Would have used Fedora, but the last time I did that, the server wound up running two and a half years, far past Fedora's short one-year EOL. Paid the price for that one too...
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any Linux os will
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I'd love to be proven wrong. If you can name a linux distro will three of those characteristics (write to OS/data partition(s), hardware independent, boot from usb thumb drive) please, I implore you, post it!!
Well, it's a stretch but if you use the Universal USB installer, you can get Ubuntu to work like that, the downside is you're still running from the LiveCD filesystem (squashFS) which means files are decompressed on the go. Changes are saved on another partition.

It's not ideal, hence my suggestion for a CF adapter

(Then there's also BackTrack which apparently can do a full (real filesystem) USB install but...it's not for everyone).
    
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Haven't heard from raiderxx in a while. He actually instant messaged me, which I replied to. I'm posting it here in case the rest of the community may find it useful/benefit from it. I'm quoting myself, which seems odd some how.

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Originally Posted by subassy
Quote:
Originally Posted by raiderxx
I would really like to use freeNAS.. What file exactly did you download (could I get a link?)? Then you just burned the iso to a cd and ran it? I tried with one file and it just had an option to boot, but it said something along the lines of could not dump something or another.. Could you give me some help?
I'll be happy to help although it would benefit everyone else if we had the discussion in the forum thread

I download the "stable" version 7 ISO, 64-bit in my case, from here:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/free...-stable/0.7.2/

Burned to CD, booted the FreeNAS PC from the CD and the first that came up was a menu. I chose the option for installing to "HDD/Flash..." (well I don't remember the exact wording).

Anyway I selected the embedded version to install to the flash drive. It wrote whatever it had to do the flash drive and indicated I could take out the CD. I selected the reboot option in the menu and disconnected the USB CD drive. I then used the BIOS to make sure it would boot off the USB thumb drive I wanted it to and it booted up perfectly fine.

Which part are you getting stuck on?
 
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@OP

Another thing you could do, is download the .img FreeNAS file and use unetbootin to install to USB flash drive.
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Pretty much any Linux OS should be good.

My fileserver OS disk is a 4 GB CF card with Ubuntu 10.10 server installed.
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Ok guys.. Sorry I haven't been posting in my own thread.. I've been pretty busy and haven't had time to play around with my computer,

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The dissimilarities between FreeNAS and Linux, is that FreeNAS is running on a BSD core, not linux. Though I found it quite easy to set up, the installer is very helpful.

If you want a more easy form of storage, but would still like to save on a flash medium, get a cheap IDE to CF adapter. As far as the OS is concerned, it's just a drive afaik.
My main problem is that I don't have any more money to be buying parts. I am already using 100% used parts for this as it is. Even the flash drive.

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Well I realize FreeBSD and Linux have different kernels/origins/dev teams, I was just trying to say I couldn't find a Linux distro that could boot from a thumb drive, be hardware independent and have the ability to write changes to disk/flash drive. Any two of those things, but not all three. One advantage I think FreeNAS has over the Linux distros I found.

Again, maybe I'm missing something. I searched and i searched.

You can actually install Ubuntu server to flash drive, sure, but it will freak out if you plug that into a different PC with different hardware.

And you can "install" a live CD to a thumb drive but it will not let you write config changes to the actual OS/etc. It will act like it's a CD despite the writable medium...

I'd love to be proven wrong. If you can name a linux distro will three of those characteristics (write to OS/data partition(s), hardware independent, boot from usb thumb drive) please, I implore you, post it!!
Yeah. And this is part of my problem, since the computer I am trying to create the USB OS is going to be different than the pc that I will be using it with. The pc I am going to be using it with has no cd drive, now any hard drive (yet).

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Originally Posted by mbudden View Post
OP.

http://homeserver.wikidot.com/live-usb

Make sure you do this in Windows XP.
It WILL NOT work in Windows 7.

How do I know? Hours of frustration.
Lol. Well that rules that out... All of my pc's are 7...

Quote:
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The question I would ask is what are you trying to do with the server. Is this going to be strictly a file server? a app server? a what ever you want to do with it server? If you just want a quick and dirty file server and don't need to configure anything and don't need to worry about security rights then boot up trinity and run the windows file server in guest mode. I don't really see a flash drive having the required I/O speeds to do anything other than for this purpose so my question again what are you plaining to do with the server?
First off, I figured a flash drive would be faster than a hard drive?? Isn't that the whole appeal to SSDs?? Secondly, I am going to use this server as a place to back up all of my other pc's (and macs) as well as a place to stream all of my movies to my htpc. And then maybe if it's possible to have access to the server from the internet? I'm not sure how that works, but I hear of people doing it...

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Originally Posted by citruspers View Post
Well, it's a stretch but if you use the Universal USB installer, you can get Ubuntu to work like that, the downside is you're still running from the LiveCD filesystem (squashFS) which means files are decompressed on the go. Changes are saved on another partition.

It's not ideal, hence my suggestion for a CF adapter

(Then there's also BackTrack which apparently can do a full (real filesystem) USB install but...it's not for everyone).
I think I tried somehting similar, something called a UNetbootin? I can select a distro and version, but I am just getting errors every time I boot from that..


From what I can tell, FreeNAS is what I want. But I am just having problems installing it onto a USB.. Not having a cd drive in the pc isn't helping.. lol.. Thanks everyone for the responses so far!
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