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.
I have been running a headless hardware NAS on my local intranet since FreeNAS was in the pre-V1 build. When it was split to FN/N4F I stuck with the N4F-side since I do not use ZFS (just CIFS & shares). I absolutely LOVE this software! it is very easy to configure to my needs and on the ultra-rare occasion I have had to reinstall the embedded...I can finalize the settings in under 15 minutes including all the share parameters. I highly recommend this software!
I've been running this project for 2 year now on a basic headless machine. It is incredible how sturdy and well managed this server can be. Thank you guys, for your incredible effort!.
NAS4Free is a good project... I'm not a professional of server and protocols... And I really need help to make N4F functional. I sugest to give onLine help in the right of page in the WebGUI. But I know, it's a hard work ! I have some problems : ITunes/DAAP do not work with iTunes... I found and use FirePlayer (try on OSx only at this moment) and It run very well ! Others problems in owners, groups and rights. Format ZSF or UFS ? I found help in French somewhere, this save me...
### @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.