Booting from the ISOIn the case of a virtual machine for this example, the FreeNAS server is provisioned as an x64 Linux distribution with 4GB of RAM and 1TB of local drive space attached to it as a main data partition. A separate partition is locally available as a thin-provisioned disk in case emergency space is needed for the install. If FreeNAS is to be used for anything beyond an experiment, a trip to the FreeNAS documentation site is worthwhile.
This gallery walks through booting right from the CD-ROM .ISO. (In another gallery, I will walk through installation options with FreeNAS to embedded and full installation types. In the installation option, the other partition (smaller than the 1TB allocation) is ideal for the installation of FreeNAS and its swap files.)
Rick Vanover is a software strategy specialist for Veeam Software, based in Columbus, Ohio. Rick has years of IT experience and focuses on virtualization, Windows-based server administration, and system hardware.