Been using FreeNAS for a couple years now and it works great for me. It's older hardware but ROCK SOLID. Version 10 or "Corral" was a cluster/fiasco but I was smart enough to stick with 9.10 until things were a little better situated and waited till 10 was killed and 11 was released to upgrade. To me the GUI has been easy to pick up with everything at my fingertips as I need it.
I have actually built three FreeNAS servers out, my own naturally, one for my father and one for my stepdaughter with a few other people wanting to have one as well. I use Plex for all my media needs inside of a simple FreeNAS jail and with 1300 movies at my fingertips this is EXACTLY the machine I have always wanted. I used to have a windows XP and then windows server box with media strewn across a few drives when a couple crashed I knew I needed something better and different. FreeNAS is what I needed.
Makes data storage management along with use of the ZFS file system more end user friendly.
Unnecessarily bloated with features and services, a "NAS" should handle data storage and management that's it nothing else do "one" thing and do it very well, not VM's, containers, plugins, on and on, it's not named FreeServer.
After the FreeNAS Corral ordeal it makes me question the projects leadership.
I think FreeNAS should jest be a FreeBSD package where you install FreeBSD and you install this web management interface, with the thought why waste time and resources maintaining an entire OS when it's all ready being done reminds me of some other popular projects.
Version: 9.10 Rating: 2 Date: 2017-05-05 Votes: 0
Nice interface (better than the newer version). Unstable with occasional crash when backing Mac using TimeMachine emulation. Decided to go to NAS4Free which has been very stable.