Warning: work in progress article
If you have this board you probably have IPMI. Use the “Virtual Storage” option to mount the FreeNAS ISO:
You may have to screw around in the BIOS (actually UEFI, but they do a great job of emulating the terrible UX from 20 years ago) to get the “ATEN Virtual CDROM” to show up as a boot option. You may also be able to boot the installer from one of the rear USB ports but this was an exercise in frustration.
Once you get into the FreeNAS installer, drop to a shell and run
You should get output similar to what’s shown below.
Type exit to get back to the installer and continue onwards. When you hit install, you should get to choose your USB3 device – it’s probably right down the bottom so scroll down.
Here’s where https://forums.freenas.org/index.php?threads/problems-installing-9-3.25516/ is unfortunately wrong. I’m not sure whether adding
to GRUB’s options ever worked, but it certainly didn’t help me. So I tried something else.
At the FreeNAS/GRUB boot menu, hit ‘e’ to edit the FreeNAS entry, then add
. At the moment I’m not sure whether position is important, but I added it after the line that loads ispfw.ko.
Unfortunately until we can get to grub.cfg or loader.conf we’ll have to re-enter that line every time we want to boot from USB3.