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FILER01B FreeNAS R.I.P – retired.

Friday, July 27th, 2018

It’s been almost 10 years since I last used this NAS based on the original FreeNAS (not the latest incarnation), built on a old Maxtor MAXAttach NAS4300 storage server, which used a SuperMicro motherboard using an Intel Pentium III 800MHz processor. You can see pictures of this server in other photos on my blog labelled – FILER01B. FILER01A  is around somewhere!!?

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FreeNAS 0.69

Intel Pentium III in SuperMicro motherboard

Intel Pentium III in SuperMicro motherboard

Powered on for one last time, to backup and archive, before taking down the tip….

FreeNAS GUI

FreeNAS GUI

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Oracle Solaris Express 11 versus FreeNAS Quick CIFs Performance Tests!

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

I just thought I would quickly upload some Windows CIFs Initial Performance Comparisons between Oracle Solaris Express 11 versus FreeNAS 0.7/8.0, these tests are conducted from a Windows Vista Ultimate 64 bit Workstation, connected via 1Gbe network interface card into a HP ProCurve v1810-24 switch. The NAS installation is using the same HP ProLiant MicroServer hardware and standard 7,200rpm SATA drives. The only difference is the operating system, which I’ve just thrown together without tweaking or fine tuning. I’m using the stock AMD SATA controller, no hardware RAID. Tests were performed using CrystalDiskMark 3.0.1 x64 (C) 2007-2010 hiyohiyo.

IOPS - Oracle Solaris versus FreeNAS

IOPS - Oracle Solaris versus FreeNAS

MB/s - Oracle Solaris versus FreeNAS

MB/s - Oracle Solaris versus FreeNAS

Conclusion, out of the box, Oracle Solaris 11 clearly is the superior performer to FreeNAS, it does not really surprise me considering the commericial development of Solaris, compared to Freebsd, which is what FreeNAS is/was based on. I think I have decided what SAN, I’ll be tweaking in the future, to provide a faster solution for providing NFS and iSCSI solutions for VMware vSphere 4.x and 5.0. I’m sure given the time, it may be possible to tweak FreeNAS, but the stability of the operating system has to be seriosuly questioned. (especially when the bge0 driver in FreeBSD is broke! and resets with a Watchdog timeout issue).

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