I have now a Raspberry Pi 2 computer 24/7 running.
It is running on Raspbian (Debian modified for Raspbian). It is about 2 months operational. And it is working great 🙂 .
I have set up a webserver with owncloud, a SSH server and Kodi media center with Amber skin. It works flawlessly. And it uses maximum 2.4 Watt.
I won´t go into the detail, because there are plenty guides on the internet.
I found these ones especially interesting and useful:
I am thinking of installing samba and a email server. But I really don´t need it now.
To be continued…
After running FreeNAS for several years, I decided to end it. Don´t get me wrong, I love ZFS, but it is a bit overkill for a single home-user. So I have now a HardwareRAID 1 with a thunderbolt connection to my MAC. Every hour my main data is being copied to this RAID.
It does´t matter how sophisticated and secure your server is. Without a backup it is worthless. The best and most secure way to data loss is a copy.
I do have started a new project: A Raspberry Pi 2, media center and personal cloud server.
A more detailed explanation about this project will come soon.
A very good post about things to consider as a home-user when building a ZFS NAS.
Freenas 9 is already out for some months. And it is running fine like I used to run Freenas 8.
It boots faster, Creating new jails is very easy now. It goes automatically when you install a new plug-in.
And one of my favourites: Plex media server http://www.freenas.org/whats-new/2013/09/plex-on-freenas.html . Flex has clients for almost any device: whether it is you pc, smartphone, tablet or smart tv. So FreeNas has become a very nice media server.
But they didn’t forgot the profesional too. Freenas has new features like encrypted volumes and much more. Just check it out on http://www.freenas.org
Need some help constructing a ZFS-small home server?
In this forum post you will get some nice tips.
Here is how to get started: http://forums.freenas.org/threads/so-you-want-some-hardware-suggestions.12276/
Second update this year. FREENAS still runs non-stop and flawless. However with the reboot I noticed a hardware problem. FreeNas didn´t show my L2ARC cachs disc anymore. During a profound inspection I noticed that my OCZ Vertex II died. Of course it was not the newest SSD generation. And Caching files takes it toll on a SSD.
So my advice for a SSD as a caching disc: Look for a Samsung or Intel SSD of the latest generation.
Nevertheless, a caching SSD will suffer a lot more in a ZFS server than in a normal, average client pc.
However, it wil make your data transfer faster, and all your other discs will possible last longer.