iXsystems sells 2 pre-built FreeNAS systems called FreeNAS Mini and FreeNAS Mini XL.
I ran across a FreeNAS Mini XL recently, and took note of all of the parts in it. I couldn’t find another place online that listed them all, so this is now that place.
I see this as potentially useful for several reasons.
You want to learn to build a system to run FreeNAS but you don’t want to risk buying incompatible or badly supported hardware. Building a FreeNAS Mini clone would be a risk-free way to learn.
You want to use iXsystems’ build as a starting point for your own custom FreeNAS system.
You already own a FreeNAS Mini and you want to know what’s in it without taking yours apart.
Also, it just took me a while to piece it all together, so generally, if I can save someone else that time, then that’s a good thing.
Mini: Ablecom CS-M50
Mini XL: Ablecome CS-T80
FSP Technology FSP250-50LC
Motherboard + Processor
Western Digital Red Drives
Micron M600 MTFDDAK128MBF
10GbE SFP+ Adapter
Supermicro sells the Ablecom CS-M50 bundled with the FSP power supply (721TQ-250B).
The Chelsio SM10G-SR is the officially supported transceiver module for the SFP+ adapter.
According to iXsystems, there are temperature issues with drives over 6TB, and that is why they do not offer configurations with 8TB+ drives.
According to iXsystems, the FreeNAS Mini and Mini XL can be upgraded to 64GB of RAM, but due to the limited supply of 16GB UDIMMs, they do not offer that configuration. Here is some memory that should work fine.I’m having issues with a 64GB kit in FreeNAS 11. There was no issue with it in 9.10.