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How to connect FreeNAS to Active Directory

Today I will show you how to connect your FreeNAS server to Active Directory.  For the basis of this tutorial I will use Small Business Server 2011 as my primary DNS server on the network and a NAS box running FreeNAS 8.

First thing we need to do is configure the appropriate DNS record in Active Directory so on your primary DNS server (SBS2011 in my case) open up the DNS Management Console.  To do this go to:

Start – Administrative Tools – DNS (shown below)

Now we need to expand the dns zone (shown below) and then right click to add A New Host (A or AAAA) record.

Enter the hostname and ip address of your FreeNAS server (as shown below)

Then click add host and your FreeNAS server should now have an A record in DNS.

Now we need to access your FreeNAS server via the web interface so open up a browser and type the ip address of your FreeNAS server (as shown below).

We now have to add the ip address of the primary DNS server to the FreeNAS network configuration.  To do this go to:

Network – Global Configuration (shown below)

Enter the ip address of the primary DNS server (in my case into the Nameserver 1 row and then click ok.

Next we need to configure the Active Directory settings so go to:

Services – Active Directory Settings (as shown below)

This should bring up the next box.

You need to enter your specific details which are relevant to your domain.  When you have finished click ok.  This will take you back to the Services screen where you need to turn the Active Directory Service ON.  Now restart the system.

Once restarted your FreeNAS server will be connected to your Active Directory domain and a computer account will be set up in Active Directory Users and Computers.

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FreeNAS Tutorial

I have been playing around with old hardware recently and one of the things I have done is install and set up FreeNAS NAS storage. This tutorial will show you how.

Before we do anything you must first find out your network configuration.  In windows open up a command prompt and type ipconfig /all. In Linux open up a terminal and type ifconfig. Write down your IPv4 address, default gateway, subnet mask and DNS servers as we will be using this information later.

Now we need to get our hands on a copy of FreeNAS. The most recent version is 8 and you can get it here.  Once downloaded burn a copy to CD.  The next thing you have to do is decide where you are going to install it.  I chose an old computer I had lying around (thanks Rob) but you could just as well install it within a virtual machine. The computer had 10Gb of storage and I installed another 1.5Tb.  FreeNAS can be installed on a USB penstick thus saving your hard drive for network storage but since I had the 10Gb disk I used that instead.

Insert the CD into your computer and allow the software to install.  Once installed you will arrive at the console setup which will give you the URL to access your installation via a web interface.  For example mine was

Open up your browser of choice and enter your FreeNAS URL.  When prompted the default username and password are:

admin and freenas (we will be changing this later)

You will then be faced with the FreeNAS interface where you can configure your server.


The first thing you need to configure is your network interface and you do this by using the network tab.  Click on the network tab and you will be presented with more settings.  In Global Configuration choose a hostname, enter your default gateway (e.g and your nameserver (usually the same as your default gateway).  Once done press ok.  Next click on Interfaces and then add interface.  You need to set your IPv4 address as static so it doesn’t change. So for example my network goes from – so I chose  When you set this the web interface from now on will always be the address you enter so mine is now set to  Also set your netmask.  Mine was (so /24).


Next thing we need to do is set the users who will be able to access our shares.  Click on Account (left menu) and go to Users – add user.  Add a username and a password (make sure this is the same as the user on your computer that will be accessing the shares).  Now expand Account – Groups – add group and add a new group who will be able to access the shares. Final thing is to add your username to the new group.  Click on Account – Groups – view all groups and then find the new group and click on members.  Add yourself to the new group.


Now we come to adding your storage.  Click on the storage tab and then add volume. Choose volume name, disk and filesystem type (use ZFS).  Once done click add volume.  The disk should now be visible with ONLINE next to it.  Next we need to set the permissions.  Click on Change Permissions and then chose who owns the file (should be set to your username). Then in owner group add the group you set up earlier and then set the permissions as required.  Once completed press save.


We will now set up the shares.  Click on the sharing tab.  If you will be sharing to Windows machines click on Windows, Apple for Apple and Unix for Linux.  Add the share and set up as required.


We now have to make sure that we can see the shares over the network.  Click on the services tab at the top of the screen.  For windows turn on CIFS and for Linux NFS.

Your FreeNAS server is now set up.

Accessing Shares over the network

For windows: right click on computer (Windows 7) and select map network drive.  Browse for the share.

For Linux: enter the following line into the fstab file /mnt/MyDisk1 /media/dev/MyDisk1 nfs hard, 0 0


  • is the static address of your FreeNAS server
  • /mnt/MyDisk1 is the path to your FreeNAS storage
  • /media/dev/MyDisk1 is the mount point
  • nfs is the filesystem

One final thing is to change the default password to the web interface.  To do this expand Account – My Account – Change Password and enter your new password.  Do not forget this!!

About the Author

Hi I am Chris Wakefield the owner of ComTech IT Support. I provide Windows, Linux and Mac based IT Support to small businesses throughout the Stirling, Falkirk and Alloa areas.

For a list of what I can offer you why not visit my website where you will find a list of my services, testimonials, blog and much more.




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