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Checkpoint: Not According to Plan Edition

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Don’t you hate it when things don’t fall into place?

With the new PC wrapped up (post about it tomorrow) and all the hard drives in, I decided to work on the home server. My plan to use NAS4Free running in a Hyper-V VM didn’t pan out. I didn’t realize that NAS4Free/FreeBSD didn’t have the necessary SCSI drivers for Hyper-V.

My fall back plan was to use VMWare Player or Oracle VirtualBox. The former worked but I couldn’t map to physical disks. Oracle VirtualBox allows all five physical disks to be mapped but it seems to crash often. I performed a factory reset and will perform the ZFS pool creation one more time. If it causes me grief I may have to resort to using virtual disks on individual drives.

This sucks.

I am tempted to scrap the whole NAS4Free/FreeNAS idea and look into unRAID, FlexRAID or something along those lines.

I was hoping to either wrap up Persona 4: Arena or Fire Emblem: Awakening this weekend but made little progress towards that goal as well. There’s a lot more grinding involved in Fire Emblem than I originally anticipated.

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  1. mikerosoftx
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    unRAID is great.

    The only downside in my build was the length of time it takes to preclear the drives

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