I'm a FreeNAS migrant and a complete noob to unRAID but now I'm convinced.
I have been a keen supporter of FreeNAS for 5 years. Went through the trouble of learning the ins and outs of FreeNAS versions 9, 10 and 11. It worked well for me in this time, obviously some troubles with jail updates and permissions at times etc, but I got by and each time I had trouble with the update I toyed with the idea of unRAID and have done so for about a year or so, but I just did not have the courage to migrate to it...until last weekend whilst trying to update Plex and Transmission...what a hassle and more of a joke.
I tried everything. serveral new installs, adjusting permissions, moving data from the NAS, wiping drives and starting fresh...finaly I thought I had it working...alas no, what I had working stopped, so I thought to myself FI! Time to migrate...half the jobs done anyway with having all the data stored off the machine.
unRAID to the rescue!
First problem I incountered...wrtiting the boot data to the USB...the several (3x) large (64mb) USB drives I had did not work, constant problem was on booting into unRAID there was no LAN connection....5-10min reading and found that USB compatiblity was or is or seems to be an issue, so I used the cheapest 8mb one, some no name brand I had and it nooted up with LAN first pop (actually 4th pop). Sweet.
Second problem I encounted....oh that's right there was none. I followed some tubers instructional video to setup unRIAD along with reading the manual, installed Plex and Transmission and it all works. I then decided to transfer files from USB backup to the arrany using Unassigned devices and Krusader. All files transfered in a day, parity check has been done and the system flash boot is backed up and all is humming along beautifully.
Hardware I use for unRAID (previously FreeNAS)...
M/B: ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC. - Z170M-PLUS
CPU: Intel® Core™ i7-6700K CPU @ 4.00GHz
Memory: 16 GB
Cache Drive: 1x 120GB SSD
Drives: 8x 3tb HDD @ 5400 (two drives being used for parity)
Currently the system is only on a trail key but I'm convinced and will be purchasing license once the trail key gets closer to timing out.
It could not be any easier!