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1. AFAICT PcBsd only installs Samba as in use for browsing others fileshares, not sharing my own? is this a correct assumption? How do I then simplest get Samba with the possibility to share files. Checked PBIs and can't find it.
Sry, I tightened PC-BSD firewall up maybe too much, but had to find compromise between users who use it directly connected to internet and users who are behind nat. I'd recommend you to disable PF firewall if you are using internet behind NAT and want to communicate with other computers in LAN.
2. My other boxes on the network can't "see" the PcBSD machine as default. odd for a default install desktop machine, how do I fix this?
This is firewall problem, look my previous answer. We have firewall GUI in our roadmap for next release, then you can set up your own featured PF firewall.
3. For using as a fileserver, what would be the recommended path to store these files? in /mnt?
It depends- usually all user files are stored in /usr/local like /usr/local/www for apache. You can of course put all files into /usr/home/share, /home is a link to /usr/home acctually.
In my world, I'd love to see even this simplified, as in having an option during install for purpose, such as "fileserver" and just have it set it up for me.
This is our goal, right now we had no time to deal with server related enhancements yet and looking for various configuration mechanisms like web based configuration or remote desktop with GUI tools. FreeBSD got so much features for servers that it is really hard to pick up couple of them that would be suitable for most of the users. Any ideas are welcome.
Thanks for answers, will see if I can sort this disabling thing out =).
As an idea for what "server features" that I'm sure would be welcome is for starters File server. For Small businesses with anything from 2 - 20 employees, this is a costly thing and shouldn't have to be. Especially as having an IT guy employed is far to much cost, and Windows licensing to expensive for their server stuff.
The second thing that hits me is the "Pamp" thingie. As in Webserverinstall. Just get it setup with MySQL or Firebird or PG (would be lovely to choose in setup) and get Apache up, PHP and in the best of worlds Java.
Third install would be CRM server install. Take for instance, SugarCRM and have it installed and setup. Would be lovely.
For many, the same box would be able to handle all these tasks, but the daunting thing is setting it up, and still 95% of these installs are almost identical which is why I find it odd to make it such a hazzle to fix this.
but, to make sure I don't sound like someone complaining far to much. PCBSD have done great strides so far to simplify things in the unix world!