What a last few days... First, how could FreeNas, which was so awesome in Version .6, SUCK SO BADLY in version 8? Here's how my little adventure began, 3 days ago. Was helping an internet friend w/ some FreeNas 8 issues. I've been using .6 for a while, w/o issue.. There were apparently a lot of changes between the two, so I backed up my config, downloaded 8, and booted it, in an effort to help him work through his problem. Now, a smart person, would have used a different USB, so I'd still have my settings. I figured "Meh, this'll be easy, and I'll have this set up in 20min, like I did last time.. and besides that, I had my configuration backed up"... sometimes, I think it's just meant that I am to be humbled...lol. At least I was smart enough to make sure everything on the NAS disks, was backed up externally. Spent SEVERAL HOURS working w/ my friend on his problem, with no joy. He finally gave up on it, but I pressed on, trying to get MY BOX running. Constant permission errors, failing to mount (in both Windows and Linux), drives mysteriously not there, etc. Then the best one, FreeNas reported a drive that was "Online", but said there were files system errors, and it could not be mounted..lol. Again, this is not rocket science, I set up .6 in about 25-30min tops. As of about 10hrs ago, this was my 3rd DAY trying to get this working, 2 full days off, and one all nighter, spent trying to get this to work. It still didn't work properly! I had spent about 25hrs in the support channel (I'm assuming this must be a joke)... One person suggested downloading to 7.2 .. OK.. it's worth a shot... for some strange reason, it wouldn't even boot. Worked on that one for a few hours. About Noon today, someone suggested trying 8.01 Beta 4, as it fixed a lot of "issues" that were in the 8.0 final release... Worth a shot.. No joy there either. Now, most of you know, I'm a Linux user, and I understand the idea behind "community support".. but everyone coming into this channel for help was told to "fill out a bug report" and I saw multiple people with issues similar to mine. Now, you say... "Why not just reinstall FreeNas .6, since it worked well for you, and you had your configuration backed up for it?" Well, My FreeNas .6 CD, was mysteriously missing in action (still not sure where it is) and on FreeNAS's homepage, all they have available for Download, is 7 and 8 (both of which were giving me TONS of probs) By 4pm, had whoever wrote FreeNas 8 been sitting beside me, he'd likely be hospitalized at this moment. I took a quick look at a FreeNAS "Alternative" called OpenFiler.. Got rave reviews, etc. It was OK... I didn't like it all that much, but I will say, it did work. If you're gonna have a GUI, it should at least be an intuitive one... OpenFiler's was awful (or maybe I was to use to the FreeNas WebGUI) So around 11pm, I'm bordering on furious this is still an issue for me, and I decide, "You know what, screw it, I'll install Ubuntu Server" and just set up file server that way. Unfortunately, I'm not that familiar with Ubuntu's server distros, and I knew I'd be doing a lot of Googling. So rather than just immediately sticking it on the server, I decided to try it in Vbox (3 virtual drives, 1 6gig (to simulate the USB I'll install to), and 2, 10.0gig "storage drives.) Get everything installed, get the RAID 1 set up on my two "storage drives", samba, ssh, etc. All while taking extremely detailed notes. I finish to what I feel is an acceptable setup, that is actually working quite well, with Vbox, about 20min ago (it's 1:45am here in case you're curious)... Oh well, at least I "KNOW" what will fix it. I'll roll this to the server either tomorrow or Thur., then next time someone needs help, I'm just keeping my MOUTH SHUT!.. Thank you for listening... I really do feel better.. IGF Wanna kill these ads? We can help!