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Jun 26, 2014, 08:56 PM
 
I was thinking of building a Freenas for my home network and do not know if the following configuration is possible. I would like to back up my iTunes library to it and use it server as a Plex server for my library as well but still use my external drive as my main library that my iMac connects to. I would use the Freenas to serve my wife's MacBook Pro, our iPhones, iPads etc. Is this possible?
     
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Jun 27, 2014, 08:01 AM
 
As for iTunes, yes it's possible. One thing I found as an issue with iTunes libraries on an external device of any kind was that it took a lot longer for iTunes to find the next song...every time. This was a while ago, but it was on a 100Mbp wired network, so it wasn't the network media giving me problems. Maybe Freenas is faster today than the software I used then, but there's still going to be a different - and longer - delay.

I have no experience with Plex servers, but as long as your NAS storage is big enough, you should be able to make it work as long as Freenas supports Plex.

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Jun 28, 2014, 01:00 PM
 
The last I looked into it, and this was awhile ago, Plex was a bit of a pain to get working side-by-side with FreeNAS. But things may have changed.
     
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Jun 29, 2014, 10:54 AM
 
Just minor point, it's now "NAS4Free" (the ongoing development of what WAS FreeNAS). Found here:

NAS4Free - The Free Network Attached Storage Project
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Jun 29, 2014, 06:12 PM
 
Originally Posted by mooblie View Post
Just minor point, it's now "NAS4Free" (the ongoing development of what WAS FreeNAS). Found here:

NAS4Free - The Free Network Attached Storage Project
The Ars NAS distribution shootout: FreeNAS vs NAS4Free | Ars Technica
     
   
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