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Preparing for SCALE UI Configuration (Home Users)

SCALE users installing and configuring SCALE on their home server should follow the instructions in this article to prepare for their SCALE system deployment.

Support options available to assist you include the TrueNAS community forums, blog, Discord, and tutorials documented in the TrueNAS Documentation Hub.

Home users obtaining network equipment and Internet service access from either an Internet or cable service provider, can contact those support departments for assistance with SMTP and some network configuration addresses such as default gateways or DNS name server addresses.

Physical Access

When in the same location as the hardware designated for the TrueNAS installation, you can connect a monitor and keyboard to the system to do the initial installation and configuration. An additional USB port is required when using a USB storage device to install TrueNAS from .iso file.

IPMI Access

Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI) servers provide a way for system administrators to remotely access and control systems. Through this remote access, administrators can install software, and configure or administer systems at the console level as though they are in the room with the server. Home users with compatible hardware have the option to use an IPMI connection to remotely administer their system over the Internet. To make this remote access possible you need an IPMI capable system or service:

  • Assign an IP address to access to the controller in the TrueNAS system.
  • Set up your administrator credentials (user name and password) for access through the TrueNAS IPMI connections.

Network Access

TrueNAS uses DHCP to assign the IP address to the primary system network interface. DHCP only provisions one IP address. You can use this DHCP-provided address or you can assign a static IP address. You must assign each network interface cards (NICs) installed in your system and wired to your network an IP address if you want to communicate over your network using the interfaces. To configure your TrueNAS server to work with your network, you need:

  • DHCP broadcast messages enabled on the network or the subnet(s) in your network where TrueNAS is installed
  • DNS name sever IP addresses in your network (SCALE can accommodate up to three name server IP addresses)
  • IP address for the Network Time Protocol (NTP) server you use to synchronize time across your servers and network
  • Main domain name or the domain name for the portion of your network where the TrueNAS SCALE server is deployed
  • Host name you want to use if not using the default-assigned host name in SCALE (truenas is the default host name in SCALE)
  • IP address for each additional network interface added in your system and connected to your network (static IP not provided by DHCP)
  • IP address assigned to the controller. Either allow DHCP to assign the IP address or assign a static IP.
Home users obtaining network equipment and Internet service access from either an Internet or cable service provider, can contact the provider support departments for assistance with network addresses. For SCALE support or assistance refer to the TrueNAS community forums, blog, or the Discord, or the tutorials included in the TrueNAS Documentation Hub.

SMTP Access

Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP) service or servers allow for the transfer of electronic mail across an Internet connection. TrueNAS uses either SMTP to send mail from SCALE to either the administrator or designated individual email addresses for system alert notifications. Contact your Internet or cable service provider to obtain the SMTP addresses to allow TrueNAS to send emails from your network.

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