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How to Build a NAS Device Using Virtualization

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Create your own virtual network-attached storage appliance

You don’t have to install a virtual appliance; just run it, which means first starting the VMWare Player. This will prompt you to browse for a virtual machine configuration file, so here I directed it to the C:FreeNAS_VM folder and clicked on the FreeBSD file unzipped earlier.
 
The VMWare Player will inform you that the virtual machine has been changed or copied since it was last on and that a new unique identifier (UUID) should be generated for it. That done, the virtual machine and its guest operating system can be seen loading in a window on the PC Desktop, just as though loading onto a ‘real’ PC.
 
And that’s really all there is to it. Once it’s loaded you’ll have another virtual machine running on your PC. This will share the host’s (ie physical) network interface, but will be bridged to a different IP address, which you can ping just like any other network device.
 
To learn more and to read the entire article at its source, please refer to the following page, Build a Nas device using virtualisation – WhatPC?
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