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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.
Configuring Unix/Linux (NFS) Sharing

Configuring Unix/Linux (NFS) Sharing

To support the default sharing protocol of Unix and Linux machine, you need to set up NFS. Click Services > NFS and check the Enable option in the upper-right corner (shown in Figure 3).

Figure 3 The NFS page of the FreeNAS web GUI

If you plan to have more than four people connecting to shares on FreeNAS using this protocol, you can increase the number of servers. However, it's recommended that you only have up to six users/servers at one time.

When you're done, click Save and Restart.

Next you can specify which folders you want to share using this protocol. Click the Shares tab. Then browse to the desired folder to insert the path.

Be careful with the Map All Users to Root option; only enable it when you fully trust the users.

For the Authorised Network field, enter the IP address of your router and change it to the correct entry. Change the other settings as necessary and click Add.

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