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Setting Up FreeNAS for a Central File Server, Part 2

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In the first article of this two-part series, you discovered FreeNAS, which can help you centralize, secure, and share the files on your network. Eric Geier, author of Wi-Fi Hotspots: Setting Up Public Wireless Internet Access, shows more: logging on to the web GUI; setting up drives; and configuring the sharing protocols of Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux.
Doing Some Initial Configuration

Doing Some Initial Configuration

Before you start messing around with the settings or experimenting with the services, you should at least change to an encrypted HTTPS connection—and change the default password of FreeNAS.

On the main web GUI menu, click System > General. Scroll down to the WebGUI section, choose HTTPS for the Protocol option, scroll down to the bottom of the page, and click Save.

For the changes to take effect, you must reboot FreeNAS. Before doing so, you may want to scroll down to the Time section to set the date and time information.

Now click the reboot link in the status area near the top of the page.

Now once it boots back up, click System > General again, and then click the Password tab.

Type in "freenas" for the Old Password, type in a new password in the two boxes, and click Save.

Again, you must reboot for the changes to take effect; click the reboot link.

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