Three Options to Setup a napp-it ZFS Storage Server
Option1: napp-it ToGo Sata
Preconfigured images for Sata SSDs or Sata DOM, barebone setup
Option2: napp-it ToGo VM
Preconfigured image as an ESXi template, virtualized NAS/SAN
Option 3: napp-it barebone setup
Install your OS and napp-it manually
Use this method if you like your own setup, if you only need simple NAS/SAN config without advanced support for other operating systems or if you need a dedicated highspeed NAS or SAN.
Download a bootup ISO of newest OmniOS, OpenIndiana or Solaris 11, burn it and install to a local Sata disk or fast USB stick (min 30 GB, best are SSDs). You can also use one or two Sata DOMs for a boot mirror, see http://www.supermicro.com/products/nfo/SATADOM.cfm
more infos: click on your OS of choice
Configure your network and install napp-it via online command
Step1: Setup your OS ex
Step 2: configure you network
enable DHCP or set a fixed ip
Step 3: setup the appliance
run the online installer
wget -O - www.napp-it.org/nappit | perl
You can now manage the storage server via: http://ip_of_your_server:81
After setup I suggest to clone the bootdisk to an external disk or an SMB/NFS share (can be your desktop) with clonezilla (from USB stick) or with the help of an 3,5" hardware Sata raid 1 enclosure. If you care about uptime, do a ZFS boot mirror on two disks. If you use a hardware raid-1 enclosure, I would use it with its hotplug capability to clone the bootdisk - not for regular raid-use as they are not as good as ZFS mirrors.
In case of problems, try a former BE, use the bootable backup disk or restore from image with clonezilla.