Version: FreeNAS 0.685RC1
Environment: FreeNAS running in a VMware Workstation 6.0 virtual-machine with 2GB RAM, one 1GB IDE virtual-disk as FreeNAS boot disk "ad0", and two 2GB SCSI virtual-disks for storage space ("da0" and "da1")
Configuration: FreeNAS installed from cdrom to the 1GB IDE virtual-disk "ad0" as the FreeNAS boot drive. The two 2GB virtual-disks ("da0" and "da1") are added and formatted as Software-Raid, a single RAID-1 volume named "testraid" created on them, and the RAID-1 volume formatted as UFS, then mounted as a share named "nas_test".
Using a Windows-Vista box to map and access the "nas_test" share seems to work as long as only small files and/or folders are transferred.
HOWEVER: Attempting to transfer a large file from Vista to the FreeNAS (for example: a 650MB Outlook personal-folders xxxxxx.PST file or large cdrom image xxxx.ISO file), kills the FreeNAS every time, 100% reproducible.
Symptoms: Browser can no longer connect to FreeNAS webgui, Windows loses connection to the mapped share and can not reconnect, FreeNAS console sometimes (but not always?) freezes, but effectively dead until FreeNAS is rebooted. On those occurances when console doesn't freeze, I have been able to get into a shell, and verify that the /mnt/nas_test directory appears to have the "large file" allocated to the correct size, but I suspect its contents are incomplete - can't say for sure. Rebooting FreeNAS makes the webgui and share available again, and Windows Vista can "see" the "large file" but any attempt to pull it back to Windows kills the FreeNAS again. Windows CAN delete the file successfully however.
Not much of a BSD user, so not sure what else to look at via the shell. Was thinking of building a dedicated NAS box, but decided to test FreeNAS under VMware first before committing the $$'s for hardware - need to resolve this before I can proceeed further.
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