New to Overclock.net
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Anchorage, Alaska
Before I start this I really badly wanted Freenas to work for me. Its web interface is easiest to use by far, and had features I wanted with supposedly no hassle. But I do want to throw out a warning to people putting critical data on there Freenas box's as I've seen alot of recent builds using FreeNAS.
Now before I get flak from FreeNAS enthusiasts on these forums, I've truly put FreeNAS through its paces, and had the motivation to work out kinks.The build I did contained x16 3TB drives in a norco 4220 and have stored roughly 21 TB on the 37TB array, and recently expanded to a second box of the same capacity. I used freenas 8.0.2-8.2.0 And here were my biggest complains.
1. Unable to hotswap devices- Supposedly you were able to this with freebsd 8.2 to my knowledge, but I've never once gotten it to work. I had to do a power down and swap out bad drives
2. ZFS rebuilds-This one was the deal breaker for me. During 8.0.2 at least I was able to do ZFS rebuilds from the command line, mind you that was a pain for something that's suppose to be done through GUI. After trying out 8.2.0 I was unable to do it from the GUI or CLI, pretty much making the RaidZ worthless.
3. Setting Spare drives- This feature was also completely broken and could never get it to work successfully.
4. Logs- I started getting errors that the logs were completely full on the machine, and after spending hours looking at a fix for this I couldn't really find what I could delete or how I could expand the partitions it was saving them on.
All this finally led me to install Openindiana and Napp-it. It pretty much gave the same features I was looking for in Freenas (CIFS/NFS). Spares and hotswapping drives seems to work flawlessly, while I cant speak for its longevity (as I've just began to move data to it), but it seems to be doing much better than FreeNAS was stability wise.
What has your guys experience been with FreeNAS or Openindiana?