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ESXi FreeNAS iSCSI Tutorial

Tutorial: How to set up iSCSI for ESXi on FreeNAS 11.2

I run a VMware ESXi 6.5 server and wanted to figure out how to create a datastore on my FreeNAS box and connect it by iSCSI.

As it turns out, it’s not very difficult! The FreeNAS web GUI makes it easy to enable iSCSI and set up a storage volume as an iSCSI target, and you can connect it via the ESXi web GUI using software iSCSI.

Keep reading to found out how to set up iSCSi for ESXi on FreeNAS. Leave a comment and let me know if it helped you out!

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FreeNAS Tech Tutorial

Tutorial: How to replace a failing drive in FreeNAS 11.2

I’ve replaced aging disks in my FreeNAS box a few times now, and I always document procedures to save time later on. With that in mind, I thought it might help others if I shared the workflow online. So here you go!

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Microserver Configured

I recently hauled a brand-spanking-new HP Microserver Gen8 back from the UK, and I’ve been configuring it to render my Drobo FS NAS¬†and Pi Webserver obsolete.

The server runs FreeNAS 9.10 to provide network-attached storage to my home network. FreeNAS also allows users to run virtual machines via the VirtualBox hypervisor. This enabled me to replace my Pi webserver with a Centos 7 virtual machine running a LAMP stack for hosting both Bendayo and Junkocooper.com. I also have a Windows 10 Pro VM on standby for testing software or running windows-only utilities.

I’m currently having some issues with mySQL crashing due to memory restrictions / my awful configs in the Centos¬†virtual machine. I’m looking forward to getting my head around it over the coming weeks.

I’ve replaced some of the stock hardware in the Gen8 Microserver, and I’ll do a rundown in a future post. Until then, why not consider getting your own Microserver?