FreeNas installation in Openstack

by Anish

Posted on Saturday July 7 2018

FreeNAS is a Free and Open Source Network Attached Storage (NAS) software appliance. This means that you can use FreeNAS to share data over file-based sharing protocols, including CIFS for Windows users, NFS for Unix-like operating systems, and AFP for Mac OS X users. FreeNAS uses the ZFS file system to store, manage, and protect data. ZFS provides advanced features like snapshots to keep old versions of files, incremental remote backups to keep your data safe on another device without huge file transfers, and intelligent compression, which reduces the size of files so quickly and efficiently that it actually helps transfers happen faster.

Step-1 Upload the latest ISO of free NAS in the openstack Image This can be found at the location

Step-2 In openstack create a non-bootable volume first

Step-3 Launch an openstack server instance using the FreeNas-ISO image

Step-4 No go the openstack volume and attach this volume to the currently launched openstack instance

Step-5 Perform a hardreboot in the openstack server instance, when the instance is running, go to the console, you will be noticing the below screen

Step-6 The new openstack volume is detected by the freenas

Step-7 Follow the freenas installation instruction

Step-8 Setup the freenas root password

Step-9 Boot vis BIOS

Step-10 Rebbot the Server

Step-11 Delete the openstack Instance running freenas

Step-12 Make the created volume bootable

Step-13 Launch a new openstack instance with this bootable volume , freenas Minimum ram requirement is 8GB

Step-14 Verify the VNC openstack console, freenas server should be up and running on the webserver

Step-15 Login to freenas webserver
Username: root
Password: setup during the freenas Installation

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