I got asked the other day how I would configure a HP Proliant MicroServer to store files for a small business client in a NAS type solution, simple I replied, download FreeNAS, put a bit more RAM in it and then add some drives, you’ll have it working in no time.
So what did we buy?
- HP Proliant MicroServer
- 3x500GB hard drives SATA hard drives – non hot plug in our case (MFG #458941-B21)
- USB key – with FreeNAS on it.
- 8GB Upgrade kit – 4GB is adequate, more memory improves performance (MFG #593923-B21)
You can use the on board USB port to host and run FreeNAS using a USB key, keeping everything tidy for deployment. I used this article which discusses how to put it all together.