How to create a dataset on TrueNAS

Here are the steps to create a dataset to configure file-sharing on TrueNAS.

TrueNAS create dataset

On TrueNAS, before you can create a folder share, you have to create a dataset, and in this guide, you will learn how.

A dataset is a unit part of the ZFS file system that allows the configuration of settings and permissions, and it’s where you will be creating the network share that users will access from other computers.

This guide will teach you the steps to create a dataset on your TrueNAS server.

Create dataset on TrueNAS

To create a dataset on TrueNAS, use these steps:

  1. Open TrueNAS (web).

  2. Click on Storage from the left pane.

  3. Click on Pools.

  4. Click the menu (three-dotted) button next to the pool and select the Add Dataset option.

    TrueNAS add dataset

  5. Confirm a descriptive name for the dataset.

  6. Under the “Share Type” section, select the Generic option.

    TrueNAS create dataset

  7. Click the Submit button.

  8. Click the menu (three-dotted) button next to the dataset and select the Edit Permissions option.

    Dataset edit permissions

  9. Click the “Use ACL Manager” button.

    TrueNAS use ACL Manager

  10. Choose the “Select a preset ACL” option (if applicable).

  11. Choose one of the predefined ACLs, including “Open,” “Restricted,” and “Home.”

    TrueNAS choose default ACL

    Quick note: Usually, you want to start with the “Restricted” option to give access to the dataset’s owner and group. The “Open” option gives access to everyone, and the “Home” option allows share access to everyone with different permissions.
  12. Click the Save button.

Once you complete the steps, the system will create the dataset, which you can use to set up a shared folder for users in the network.