How to setup TrueNAS

Once you installed the TrueNAS OS on your PC, you need to set it up so that to interact with the data storage using the Windows.

  1. First you need to start a virtual machine (or PC/NAS) with installed TrueNAS OS and wait for it load.
  2. Opening TrueNAS virtual machine Opening TrueNAS virtual machine - waiting it to load
  3. After loading, you will see the string on the screen with the IP address which you can enter to connect to the TrueNAS over the network. Just enter the address to the address bar of the browser and get to the login screen.
  4. Getting the TrueNAS IP address TrueNAS IP address Starting TrueNAS over the network
  5. Enter root to the Username field and enter the password that you set during the installation to the Password field. Once done, the network interface is displayed.
  6. Entering the credentials to the TrueNAS TrueNAS web interface
  7. Next you need to create a new user. This user will ONLY be needed to log in to the TrueNAS on Windows. You CANNOT log in to the network interface with this user credentials. Click the Accounts -> Users -> Add and create a new user and fill the highlighted fields.
  8. TrueNAS web interface - add new user
    TrueNAS web interface - set user group
    TrueNAS web interface - set permissions for the new user
  9. Next you need to create a storage pool. Click the Storage -> Pools -> Add -> Create Pool.
  10. Creating a storage pool on TrueNAS Creating a storage pool on TrueNAS
  11. Then set the name of the pool and select the disks.
  12. Setting the name for the TrueNAS pool Adding disks to the TrueNAS pool
  13. Next create a network folder, which is needed for storing data.
  14. Adding dataset to the TrueNAS pool
    Setting a name for the shared TrueNAS folder Shared folder creation done
  15. Then enable sharing via SMB. Go to Sharing -> Windows Resources (SMB) -> Add.
  16. Creating TrueNAS virtual machine - select the disk with TrueNAS OS Creating TrueNAS virtual machine - confirm selection Creating TrueNAS virtual machine - confirm selection Creating TrueNAS virtual machine - confirm selection
  17. Next set access rights for the network folder. In this example we have allowed access to the shared-folder:
    • To creator of the directory (root) and to its group (wheel);
    • To Creator-owner group (owner@) and to creator group (group@);
    • For user reclaime were given full rights.
  18. Edit filesystem ACL for shared folder on TrueNAS Set the ACP for shared folder on TrueNAS Add ACL for shared folder on TrueNAS
  19. At this step we complete the setup of TrueNAS Core OS and we can access the network folder using Windows Explorer. Enter the TrueNAS address in the bar on the Network tab and press Enter.
  20. Opening TrueNAS shared folder in the network.
  21. Next, in the login window, enter the TrueNAS user data set during the setup.
  22. Entering credentials for the TrueNAS network folder.
  23. After that we can interact with the network folder: upload files and folders to the TrueNAS storage.
  24. TrueNAS network folder opened succefully. Copying data to the TrueNAS shared folder.

Thus, we have successfully completed the setup of OS TrueNAS CORE, now we can store data on this network storage. For example, we used OS TrueNAS CORE 13.0-U3.1 installed on a VMware virtual machine. But, in case of physical installation and configuration of TrueNAS, the steps will be the same.

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