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This post is a collaboration between bigphil and mauirixxx of the FreeNAS forum pooling our knowledge together of making FreeNAS work with the various flavors of Active Directory, in order to use Windows based permissions on files hosted on the FreeNAS server.


This how-to has been tested with the following software releases, with this how-to being written using FreeNAS & 9.3:

  • FreeNAS v9.1.1-RELEASE-x64 (a752d35)
  • FreeNAS v9. (fec915c)
  • FreeNAS v9.2.1.5-RELEASE-x64 (80c1d35)
  • FreeNAS v9.3-STABLE-201601181840
  • FreeNAS v9.10.2-U6 (561f0d7a1) - (undocumented, currently used in production @ my job)
  • FreeNAS-Corral-10.0.3 (4845fa74c)
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2


  • FreeNAS 11.x


  • This how-to assumes you already have a working Active Directory installation.
  • Active Directory support is beyond the scope of this document.
  • We assume you have the required access to create user and computer objects in Active Directory, as well as access to create the necessary records required in DNS.
  • We assume you are using a fresh install of FreeNAS.
  • We assume you have a current backup of your Active Directory setup.


  • We are NOT responsible for YOU breaking YOUR Active Directory installation - not that you will, but "stuff" happens.

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