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Is there a way i can have freenas on my server, and still play movies on my television via HDMI?
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If you run it as a virtual machine you can, though you'll need one drive for o/s (both o/s) and then a separate drive for your freeNAS storage.
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Ditch FreeNAS and run PC-BSD instead. PC-BSD will give you all of FreeNAS functionality with a bit of configuration (because its the same underlying system) plus you can run media software like XBMC.

I don't know what it is about the current trend in computing that people need to throw in virtualization for the most basic setups.
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Ditch FreeNAS and run PC-BSD instead. PC-BSD will give you all of FreeNAS functionality with a bit of configuration (because its the same underlying system) plus you can run media software like XBMC.

I don't know what it is about the current trend in computing that people need to throw in virtualization for the most basic setups.

I'm liking this Idea cuz I've been wanting to do the same thing

is there an easy way to convert my current Nas4Free rig to a PC-BSD rig? with out loosing current backed up files? I've got 3 drives in the rig now one for back up, one for OS and one for additional bkup when needed.
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Of course, any filesystem NAS4Free can read/write to, so can PC-BSD. Just unplug your backup drive when doing the PC-BSD install so you don't accidently overwrite it.

Are you using ZFS?
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Of course, any filesystem NAS4Free can read/write to, so can PC-BSD. Just unplug your backup drive when doing the PC-BSD install so you don't accidently overwrite it.

Are you using ZFS?

actually using UFS cuz I had a really bad time with ZFS wouldnt let me format it for some reason
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what would be the reasons for choosing PC-BSD over Ubuntu Server?
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You can use either Ubuntu or PC-BSD to do what you need. I prefer FreeBSD (PC-BSD) because I find it has a more reliable upgrade process and a better ZFS implementation so that is what I would use. However use whatever you prefer. FreeNAS has an outdated implementation of ZFS so I'm not surprised you had issues with it.

If you decide to use Ubuntu you would have to mount your backup drive which is formatted in UFS2 like so.
Code:
sudo mount -r -t ufs -o ufstype=ufs2 /dev/xxx /media/xxx/ 

replace xxx with whatever the drive shows up as.
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You can use either Ubuntu or PC-BSD to do what you need. I prefer FreeBSD (PC-BSD) because I find it has a more reliable upgrade process and a better ZFS implementation so that is what I would use. However use whatever you prefer. FreeNAS has an outdated implementation of ZFS so I'm not surprised you had issues with it.

If you decide to use Ubuntu you would have to mount your backup drive which is formatted in UFS2 like so.
Code:
sudo mount -r -t ufs -o ufstype=ufs2 /dev/xxx /media/xxx/ 

replace xxx with whatever the drive shows up as.

+rep thanks, And if I use pc-bsd I just install plug in the back up and point it where is needed.

Edit: stupid auto correct
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Yes in PC-BSD there is a mount utility in the control center where you can choose to mount the backup disk. It should just work.
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