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This ‘how to install truenas core storage solution’ guide, will walk us through how to install truenas storage solution for the home, small and medium sized corporations.

In this guide, we will look at :

  • What is TrueNas
  • Hardware requirements for the installation of TrueNas
  • Benefits of installing TrueNas
  • How to install TrueNas core.

What is TrueNas?

TrueNas is a unified, centralized open source storage operating system that can be used to store and share data securely across the network. It can be installed on any computer.

TrueNas can be classed into three(3) classes, namely:

  1. TrueNas core
  2. TrueNas Enterprise
  3. TrueNas Scale.

Our guide today, will deal with the TrueNas core, since it is open source. If you need an enterprise edition with more features like high availability, enterprise support and so on, please try the TrueNas enterprise software.

Otherwise, if you need TrueNas built ontop of Linux and not FreeBSD, then try the TrueNas Scale.

Minimum Hardware Requirements for the Installing of TrueNas Core.

  • Minimum of 8GB RAM. If adding more than 8 hard disk, an additional 1GB RAM will be needed for each extra hard disk.
  • One physical network port
  • One physical attached hard drive.

Depending on the use case for your TrueNas machine and the number of people who will be connecting to it, you may want to consider seriously the minumum hardware requirements and update it as required.

Note: Even if we used the minimum hardware requirement as the basis for our installation of Truenas, it is worth stating that we can go above this minimum requirement into something like a recommended requirement so that we can have a truely functioning TrueNas solution.

Benefits of Installing TrueNas.

  1. It can serve as a storage area network and a network attached storage.
  2. It can be used in the enterprise.
  3. It is secure and safe to implement with an active community behind it.
  4. Its very popular and economical.

How To Install TrueNas Core Storage Solution.

First things first.

Visit https://www.truenas.com/download-truenas-core/

Download your own .iso copy of TrueNas. Boot into your .iso file either using a virtualmachine or a physical server. Ensure that at least the minimum hardware requirements are met and you should see the TrueNas screen display.

truenas installation

The next screen that presents itself ask you to press some corresponding keys to access the install, shell, restart and shutdown options. Since we aim to install TrueNas, just hit the enter button.

install truenas

Now you can select the hard disk that you want truenas installed on. Use the spacebar to select all the hard disk to install truenas and hit enter.

choose hard disk for truenas

Proceed with the installation. Enter in a password that the root account will use and press enter on the keyboard.

truenass root password

Allow Truenas to complete its processes and configuration.

When it is done, remove the .iso file and reboot your system. Once the system comes back up, you will be presented with an ip address to use in connecting to the system.

So, we are going to access the truenas interface with this ip address from our browser.

You will be greeted with this beautiful looking interface. If you ask me, sincerely, I think the interface looks sleek and they must have put lots of thought into designing the look and feel of the interface.

Look into truenas with the username of root and the password you entered in earlier when setting up the system.

Wow! Pretty clean, right?

Well, this ends our installing TrueNas core.

In this guide, ‘how to install truenas core solution’, we have successfully installed truenas core taking into consideration, some of the minimum requirements to achive this. Later on, we will configure our truenas storage device and grant computers access to our secure, safe and centralised storage solution both for your home and the enterprise. Please stay tuned.

 

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