How to configure FreeNAS 8 as a Virtual Machine

How to configure FreeNAS 8 as a virtual machine on VMWare ServerFreeNAS is a very popular platform for Network Area Storage. The latest release of FreeNAS is FreeNAS version 8, which is quite different from previous releases. There is no direct upgrade path to FreeNAS version 8 from its previous versions, the system requirements also have changed considerably. Before you take the leap to the new version, its a great idea to try installing the new FreeNAS 8 platform in a virtual machine, without risking your current data. In this step by step article we will show you how to install FreeNAS 8 on a virtual machine on a VMWare server. We are just using VMWare server as a Virtual Machine hosting platform, but the configuration steps will be similar for other virtualization platforms such as VirtualBox, Hyper-V etc.

For complete system and hardware requirements for a physical FreeNAS 8 box, you can refer to http://doc.freenas.org/index.php/Hardware_Requirements#ZFS_Overview however, since we are only doing a demo and we will not be using ZFS or the full hardware requirements but only minimal to set FreeNAS 8 as a virtual machine.

Step 1: Open up you VMWare interface using your web browser and click on Virtual Machine and then Click on Create new Virtual Machine

 Click on Virtual Machines and then Create new Virtual Machine

Step 2: Choose your Virtual DataStore and Click Next

Choose your DataStore and Click Next

 Step 3: For Guest OS for your virtual machine Choose Other and for the version Choose FreeBSD 32 bit

For the Guest OS choose Other and Version should be FreeBSD 32 bit

Step 4: Choose 512 MB of RAM it will suffice for our demo virtual machine

Choose 512 MB of RAM for the VM

Step 5: On the Hard Drive section Click on Create a New Virtual Disk

Click on Create a New Virtual Disk

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