Ok so before we proceed into the more advanced services like Windows Server Failover Clustering (WSFC) I think its best that we do a post on FreeNAS. FreeNAS is a stripped-down version of FreeBSD it supports sharing across Windows, Mac and Linux. The latest version of FreeNas 8 includes ZFS which supports high storage capacities and integrates file systems and volume management into a single piece of software.
The main reason we are going to use FreeNAS is because of its support for iSCSI shared storage which we require for Failover and clustering.
If you are using it for production environment it is highly recommended that you do not use any of the beta versions and only install the latest stable releases.
Download FreeNAS from http://sourceforge.net/projects/freenas/
Ok so let’s begin the creation of the VM.
7. FreeNAS is very low on resource utilization, please visit http://www.freenas.org/ too get the recommended System requirements. We are going to leave it at 1 processor and 1 core. Click Next.