Open Source Software Technical Articles

Want the Best of the Wazi Blogs Delivered Directly to your Inbox?

Subscribe to Wazi by Email

Your email:

Connect with Us!

Current Articles | RSS Feed RSS Feed

Expand FreeNAS with plugins

  
  
  

FreeNAS is a powerful open source implementation of a network-attached storage (NAS) server – file-level computer data storage connected to your network. FreeNAS is easy to manage, and because it's free it can serve files for small- to mid-sized companies without straining their software budgets or act as a media and storage server for a home network – a great way to make use of any aging Windows XP boxes lying around.

FreeNAS supports a powerful plugin architecture that lets you expand its default feature set to better meet your demands. You'll find plugins for Firefly media server, CouchPotato movie server, and more. The plugins are in 32-bit or 64-bit PBI (push button installer) files on the FreeNAS project's website. PBI provides a native FreeNAS graphical installation wrapper for software ported to FreeBSD, allowing you to automate installation.

Here's a taste of some of the most interesting available plugins:

CrashPlan

You can use a plugin to back up your FreeNAS data to CrashPlan cloud-based backup, if you have an account with the service. While FreeNAS software stores your data safely and securely, computer hardware is prone to crashes, so both organizations and individuals need a solid backup and disaster recovery plan.

ownCloud

ownCloud is another cloud connector, but one that offers greater flexibility. If you have an in-house ownCloud server you can take advantage of this plugin to automatically back up your FreeNAS server.

Bacula

The Bacula plugin allows you to connect your FreeNAS servers to this powerful open source backup tool. This plugin includes file daemons (backup clients), directors (backup server), and storage daemons (back end). Bacula itself, however, is a bit of a challenge to get up and running.

Maraschino

The Maraschino project aims at creating an easy-to-use interface for managing a home theatre PC (HTPC). With this tool you can see recently added files, browse your media library, check disk space, and control multiple media servers.

Plex Media Server

You can turn your FreeNAS into a powerful multimedia server with the plugin for Plex Media Server. You can use Plex not only to view your favorite sci-fi films, instructional videos, and TED talks, but you can also create a training resource for new hires.

How can you make use of these plugins? All you need is a running FreeNAS server and access to the FreeNAS administrator account.

Installing plugins

First, determine whether you're running FreeNAS on 64-bit or 32-bit hardware. More plugins are available for the former than the latter, so if you have a choice, install FreeNAS on 64-bit hardware.

In order to install plugins, you must already have your FreeNAS set up with volumes.

The easiest way to install plugins is to select them from a list on the software's Plugins tab. Log in to the FreeNAS web administration portal as the admin (or root) user and go to the Plugins tab. Select a plugin to install (Figure 1), click the Install button, and let the installation complete:

Figure 1 The list of plugins will vary depending upon your system architecture.

Though it's simple, the process of installing a plugin can be time-consuming. FreeNAS first creates a jail – that is, a virtual environment with its own hostname and IP address – so it can install the plugin, in the form of a PBI file, onto the FreeBSD system that underlies FreeNAS. When the process completes successfully you should see the new plugin listed in the left navigation tree (Figure 2):

Figure 2 The Firefly media server plugin is now installed.

After you install a plugin you need to enable it. Click on the Installed tab and then click the slider for the plugin to the On position (Figure 3):

Figure 3 Enabling plugins to make them available for FreeNAS

You can then configure the plugin by clicking on its entry in the left navigation tree. A popup window appears (Figure 4) to allow you to set up the plugin to meet your needs:

Figure 4 Configuring the Firefly media server plugin for FreeNAS

Alternatively, you can install plugins by uploading a PBI file to FreeNAS. Once you've downloaded the plugin you want from the FreeNAS site, click on the Plugins tab, then click on the Upload button. Choose a file and allow the installation to complete.

Troubleshooting

When FreeNAS creates a new jail for a plugin, that jail is assigned an IP address. If you find that your plugins continually fail either to install or to work properly, the most likely cause is that the jail's IP address conflicts with the address of something else on your network. To avoid this, assign an IP address range to your jails that is outside the DHCP scope of your network. You can do this as the FreeNAS root user from the Jails tab (Figure 5):

Figure 5 Configuring jail addresses to be outside of your DHCP scope

If you still have issues, make sure the gateway address and DNS are correctly configured within FreeNAS. Click on the Network button (in the top navigation bar) and then click Global Configuration (Figure 6). Enter the correct hostname, domain, gateway, and nameserver, click Save, then attempt to work with plugins again.

Figure 6 Configuring networkin for FreeNAS.

As you can see, FreeNAS's powerful plugin system gives you the ability to use the software for more than just file storage and sharing.


Do you want to receive a compilation of Wazi's top
blog posts in the past year delivered directly to your inbox?






This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License
Creative Commons License.

Comments

thirty in addition to list led an essential developing reveal close to product sales together with revenue. hermes picotin outlet On the morning, Giorgio Armani utilized their small collection Emporio selection targeted at a fundamental more youthful client. It's also not really child very first night Seven-Eleven, as their educated eco-friendly as well as red-colored option is actually up to date each and every stop part, offers supplied luxurious products. fake handbags Do all of all of us men uncover Rihanna provides improve the woman's ales pierced? gucci flora replica The actual customized required qualified in order to 2012 one of the numerous Sean Combs‘ most probably luxurious celebration to assist Ohio, putting on an easy pure broad ribbons best gown which demonstrated furthermore the woman's areola diamond ring. Even though all of us coordinate integrating pure home elevators bralessness which greatest totally halted utilizing in order to runway dream, this might truly end up being a fascinating situation similar to invasively a great paparazzi whizzes. replica prada v…Or something Rihanna gowns. louis vuitton monogram outlet Inside a little in order to accumulate Instagram much more persuasive impacts companies, baby organization is actually paying attention to obtaining furthermore customers. "We're on your own in the suggestion for example exactly where those individuals would like lower end up being, inches effective at conditions such as customers coupled with exercise, frank tend to be buddies stated. "The shopkeepers performed informed near to by design alter your baby serial signal of 1 easy came back add-ons as well as help to make it appear extravagant brand new, inches stated baby previous worker. 
Posted @ Wednesday, June 11, 2014 10:41 PM by fendi handbags
Sotirio Bulgari, uphold the principle of natural beauty of hermes replica enthusiasm and great taste, self exploration of art inspiration, into the experience and wisdom, accurate eye jewelry chanel replica artist, capture the fleeting brilliance, the abstraction to concrete, from invisible to visible, pour all the force of the beauty of meaning, the brewing and turning time esthetics, breed specific style, and for the Italian jewelry cartier replica style to create a new attitude, it passed, in view of Rome architectural art and Creative Aesthetics, has become a brand handed dior replica down the value of Bulgar. 
Posted @ Saturday, July 12, 2014 1:11 AM by Han
Christian Dior has been a top name in fashion for many decades, and continues to burn up the runways with new fads every season. This year is no exception, with plenty of gorgeous selections in shoes, bags, sunglasses and clothing. And if you still can't get enough of the Dior logo with your wardrobe, this company also has plenty of yummy fragrances to choose from so you can smell your Dior and wear it too. Whether you are searching for a hot new pair of pumps or a sassy little shoulder bag, Christian Dior Outlet will have what you are looking for.Black is back in Christian Dior shoes that sport a heel that just won't quit and plenty of style to boot. You can opt for a black leather pump with a nearly four inch heel and a classy signature "D" buckle on the instep. For summer, check out the bright green floral leather sandal with an outrageously high (nearly five inches) wedge heel and a floral pattern embroidered on the wedge.All of these glasses are made with the high quality that you have come to expect with Christian Dior Outlet products.The hobo bag never seems to go out of style, and Christian Dior has the perfect pocket hobo crafted in rich leather with a Dior silver emblem on the buckle. For a bag that is small but big on style, check out the trendy Columbus bag that comes in a combination of denim and leather. This clutch style bag is the ultimate in fashion luxury.Christian Dior always has plenty of fabulous fragrances for both men and women, and this season is no exception. Try Forever and Ever or Pure Poison for women and the popular Fahrenheit for men. After one whiff, you will realize why Christian Dior has consistently managed to corner the market in fragrance.Christian Dior replica bags has been around for many decades, but the look is getting constantly updated to keep this company in vogue. Whether you check out sunglasses, purses, shoes, perfume or fashion, Christian Dior offers high quality and fashion.
Posted @ Wednesday, July 23, 2014 5:11 AM by gasbeesn
They unfold the posts by Moncler Men's Jackets Outlet using 'Share' or 'Like' buttons. As look for engines, specifically Google, show lookup outcomes from social media websites (Fb, Google+, Twitter, and much more) these profiles are also aiding to generate far more organic and natural traffic to my web site.
Posted @ Thursday, August 14, 2014 5:26 AM by kook
Take note of here an ideal edges and finish for the hands and applied prints, the dual-level date home window bevel and split minute ring. Also see the two-color second hand and subtle Breitling inset within the minute markers. Really nice and well considered design here. Note also the subtle make use of 'signal yellow. ' The tip of your second hand, '2000 meters' text, minute markers too plus the minute hand matching the bezel. Not sure what It looks like of the retro font in the lower half of the dial, but it works being piece. Add a thousand much longer than that for the bracelet and it goes up to retail price of cheap - which I'd hunt for if I were purchasing one today. Look around for what we should can fine. There are a very few color variations, and the piece is also offered in chronograph style. I have no reluctance about recommending the Breitling. This is a amazing watch, full stop. Due to the caseback pattern, it sits quite low and comfortable at the wrist, and doesn't flop approximately like some taller watches We've worn replica breitling. The double AR and additionally domed crystal combine meant for stupendous visibility at an array of angles. You can also notice that Breitling uses a directory black flange ringe; functional and invisible fake watches. The angled Breitling models such as is one of great pet peeves of flange arena design fake omega watches. Not an issue here using this Breitling. Think of the big lefty triggered Breitling sit back and watch. For the Breitling gave their watch a fun treatment, but adding dauphine layout hands, that are usually available on more "formal" timepieces. I suppose it is required to so with the Breitling tradition. Breitling also says the fact that hands look like the points in the Breitling three-pointed star. What is 100% Breitling certainly is the design of the additional chronograph dials. There is also additionally, firm abs similar Breitling, which has a related, but amended style, along with a different movement layout. 
Posted @ Saturday, September 20, 2014 4:41 AM by sonades jackson
this is magnificent blog. A great read. I’ll definitely be back. 
Posted @ Monday, October 13, 2014 8:43 AM by road runner sports coupon
Post Comment
Name
 *
Email
 *
Website (optional)
Comment
 *

Allowed tags: <a> link, <b> bold, <i> italics