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Setting Up FreeNAS for a Central File Server, Part 2

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In the first article of this two-part series, you discovered FreeNAS, which can help you centralize, secure, and share the files on your network. Eric Geier, author of Wi-Fi Hotspots: Setting Up Public Wireless Internet Access, shows more: logging on to the web GUI; setting up drives; and configuring the sharing protocols of Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux.
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In Part I of this two-part series, you discovered how FreeNAS can help centralize your file sharing. We already built our FreeNAS machine and connected it to the network.

Now we'll bring up the web GUI to set up the storage disks and configure general and sharing settings. Let's get started!

Bringing up the Web GUI

Now that you've booted up and connected FreeNAS to the network, you should be able to access the web GUI to further set it up.

Open the browser of a computer connected to the same network and enter the IP address of the FreeNAS machine. When prompted to log in, use the default username "admin" and the password "freenas".

Figure 1 shows an example of the web GUI.

Figure 1 The FreeNAS web GUI

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