Tag : FreeNAS

Disabling NTPD in FreeNAS 8

If you're running FreeNAS 8 under VMware, Xen or KVM, then you'll probably want to disable ntpd. To do this you'll need to ssh into your FreeNAS box as root and run the following commands.

mount -uw /
vi /conf/base/etc/rc.conf

Change ntpd_enable="YES" to ntpd_enable="NO" and ntpd_sync_on_start="YES" to ntpd_sync_on_start="NO".

Then reboot and you should find that ntpd has been disabled. This should help eliminate any time jitter issues when running ntpd on a virtualised environment.

— Andrew

FreeNAS 8 under KVM

FreeNAS 8 runs nicely under Linux KVM virtualisation. But unlike FreeNAS 7, FreeNAS 8 is based on FreeBSD 8.2. This means that there are some configuration differences. The main one is the network device model type='ne2k_pci' does not seem to work for FreeBSD 8.2 or FreeNAS 8.

So if you're having trouble getting the networking to work, try using model type='rtl8139'. And you will need at least 1GB for the OS drive, otherwise the installation will fail silently.

Below is a working scripted install that we used on one of our lab computers to successfully ...

— Andrew

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