FreeNas - Is it good for creating users/groups to different share access via WIndows?



Is there a good GUI in it for adding shares and users / several groups.  
Anyone got a how to doc any tips?
fcekAsked:
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Kerem ERSOYPresidentCommented:
Hi,

Freenas is not good with Windows Shares. in that it only could use self created groups and known not to be playing well with Windows Shares. It is almost useless in windows environments and especially when the site is using AD. There are few other limitations too. Such as Freenas does not allow you to divide the partition into sub partitions ...

So I'd suggest the use of Open Filer instead of FreeNAS. It is compatible with Active Directory and easier to partition or manage over the Supplied GUI.

Cheers,
K.
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farzanjCommented:
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fcekAuthor Commented:

My first Fedora / Samba box - worked fine Friday on site.

Now it wont VNC and on remote access to a windows pc it will ping but no shares are accessible.

Nightmare.

Its at a remote location, and if I ask a user to power on/off the Fedoara box it wont VNC.
Anyway I will look at this freeNAs perhaps its a better idea / more stable.


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farzanjCommented:
It is not supposed to be a nightmare.  Did you reboot the server in between?  All you need to do is to make it persist after the reboot.

Do you remember how you started the VNC server?
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fcekAuthor Commented:

The work server fell over. I didnt try to set up VNC server on it, I was trying on my test server and then if that worked I was going to apply it on the work one.


See very last comment on this:
http://www.experts-exchange.com/OS/Linux/Q_26932028.html?cid=239#a35323567
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fcekAuthor Commented:

Hi KeremE,

I dont use AD its for a workgroup.
Im finding freenas a bit limited for my needs.

Open Filer is $ though.

Might just struggle on with my Fedora/Samba.
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Kerem ERSOYPresidentCommented:
Open filer is free as FeeNAS. Only if you decide to buy an administrator guy only you pay then. In most cases you can find solutions to your problems over OpenFiler Forums though. I've suggested, setup and been using OpenFiler in even Enterprise environments.

AS you have notice FreeNAS is not good about setting groups and user permissions on Samba Shares. OpenFiler is also good in Samba shares and permissions too. I'll strongly suggest OpenFiler.

Another option is to create a iSCACI Volume and attach this volume to your Linux boxes and since iSCSI volumes are formatted by the OS you've mounted the volume there won't be any problem about it. Once you've mounted the volume you can manage your files and permissions over WebMin or SAMBA GUI


Cheers,
K.
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