NAS4Free is an embedded Open Source Storage distribution and supports sharing across Windows, Apple, and UNIX-like systems. It includes ZFS, Software RAID (0,1,5), disk encryption, S.M.A.R.T / email reports etc. with following protocols: CIFS (samba), FTP, NFS, TFTP, AFP, RSYNC, Unison, iSCSI, UPnP, Bittorent (initiator and target), Bridge, CARP (Common Address Redundancy Protocol)
and HAST (Highly Available Storage).
All this can easy be setup by it's highly configurable WEB interface.
NAS4Free can be installed on Compact Flash/USB/SSD media, Hard disk or booted of from a LiveCD with a usb stick.
### @jhixson: nas4free is not stable, not intuitive in any way, hard to navigate and configure, and doing anything in the shell is nearly impossible. I recommend FreeNAS, it has more functionality, is more stable, and allows you to use the shell### This review is not a review in any way, you just try to say yours is good and this is not! - not stable? ==>> same as FreeNAS like FreeBSD, so FreeBSD is not stable?. - hard to navigate and configure ==>> like a wood door stop... - doing anything in the shell ==>> install FreeBSD if you need the shell, it's designed for easy use just like FreeNAS. By the way it's got the same shell like pfsense/nas4free/freebsd... Myself I don't like these shells at all.(FreeBSD) I prefer the bash like Linux one. So I wanted NAS4Free because of the integrated HAST device. It does work well! FreeNAS has an industrial High Available product which is NOT free, therefore your comment comes along to grab more people from this product. Myself would not care much, because I think both products are really great, although FreeNAS has more fancy features then NAS4Free, BUT FreeNAS has no FREE High Available solution in any way. The remote snap shot works, but can't be implemented as a HA solution. Tried it, tested it, didn't worked. Also NAS4Free has an incredible easy configuring interface. If anyone who can't use this, then that person so go back to a cave! To create a HAST Enterprise storage takes just few hours! NAS4Free is good.
I have run both NAS4F [FreeNAS 7.x] and FreeNAS 8.x/9.x as VMware VMs for several years, originally as iSCSI targets [VMware datastores], more recently as CIFS NAS. Each has pluses/minuses, and I have encountered upgrade issues with both at various times. Thought I had settled on FreeNAS 9.x but the 9.2 series has been very problematic, lots of minor fix releases, the move to Samba 4 created more issues than I could resolve. Anyway, moved to NAS4F 9.2 and everything just works smoothly after importing the volumes from FNAS 9.2. Kudos to the team for keeping things simple and stable without change for changes sake.
Easy & Functional
I've been running FreeNAS then NAS4Free in VirtualBox for small projects for years with no problems. Recently I decided to buid a home server using REAL hardware and have been running NAS4Free on it for a few months and everything has been working exactly as I expect. I am using the embedded version with 4x4TB HDDs in RAID-Z1 running NFS, CIFS, FTP, SSH, UPS, DDNS, iSCSI, BitTorrent, WebServer, pyTivo, pretty much all the services with both Linux and Windows Clients and I haven't had any problems at all. RAM consumption is low (about 30% of 4GB), performance is better than expected (on a Celeron G1620), the web GUI is easy to use and the price cannot be beat. I'd definitely recommend it to anyone looking for Network Attached Storage.
Fantastic software to change equipment without losing data. Extraordinary support via the forum. Keep it up.