FreeNAS and Realtek RTL8168C/RTL8111DP/RTL8111E network card

Quick links to compiled v1.80 drivers
Ethernet Driver for Intel
Ethernet Driver for AMD64 (Thanks to Ruslan)

As I mentioned in a previous post, I built myself a NAS based on FreeNAS. It’s been rock solid for about 3 weeks now, no hiccups. One initial issue I did have was getting the RTL8168C/RTL8111DP/RTL8111E network card chipset to work. There is no FreeNAS out of the box support for this chipset, so I had to compile my own from source found on the Realtek website which you can find here. If you have issues downloading or compiling it, I’ve compiled version 1.80 which you can download from the top of this page. Ruslan has kindly compiled an AMD64 version as well.

First and foremost, verify that the module actually works and you can bring up your network card and get some activity over it. I’m going to assume at this point that you have no way of copying something onto your FreeNAS other than USB, so copy if_re.ko to a USB stick and plug it into your NAS.
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Automount AFP shares in OSX

So I’ve finally got around to building my NAS. It’s a pretty 12TB FreeNAS using RAIDZ…she runs very nicely 🙂 At first, I was using SMB, but found the performance from AFP better, that’s for another post though. For the life of me, I couldn’t find the “Mac” way of auto mounting an AFP share. So being the sysadmin ninja that I am, I just went along and did it my own way.

Luckily for us, the pretty OSX frontend sits on top of a UNIX backend. In short, I ended up using autofs, and it works rather well. Below is how to get it working.
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