Firstly thank you for taking time to read this.
After 5 years of attempting to make a 12TB PowerNAS unit useful and functional with FreeNAS from IXSystems - I regret that my tolerance and patience is exhausted. I have built it three times from the ground up - 1st time initial build - 2nd time due to kind electric folks killing power and our UPS breaching operational boundaries (I thought 20 minutes would be enough and I was offsite) - 3rd time the flimsy USB stick on board with the FreeNAS OS fried due to overheating - oh and in all of this I thought I would be "clever" and encrypt the ZFS Pool - and after it failed to import cleanly after a os rebuild was simply told by FreeNAS forum that Encrypting the ZFS pool is something that they would never do in the first place - nice.
I am, at this stage, looking to identify a smooth roadmap - I am a sole trader and have clients to look after / find - my modus operandi is to own our own data and be self sufficient in doing so - but without the constant fear of having to burn 3-6 weeks a year just attempting to make sure we can keep using the appliance in a practical and sensible way.
(my audience are not technical - so need to keep this simple, please)
My next to additions to this thread
1) current state of play
2) motivations and intentions for the hot foot to Open Media Vault and ZFS on Linux