Ansible-NAS VS OpenMediaVault

Compare Ansible-NAS vs OpenMediaVault and see what are their differences.


Build a full-featured home server or NAS replacement with an Ubuntu box and this playbook. (by davestephens)


openmediavault is the next generation network attached storage (NAS) solution based on Debian Linux. It contains services like SSH, (S)FTP, SMB/CIFS, DAAP media server, RSync, BitTorrent client and many more. Thanks to the modular design of the framework it can be enhanced via plugins. OpenMediaVault is primarily designed to be used in home environments or small home offices, but is not limited to those scenarios. It is a simple and easy to use out-of-the-box solution that will allow everyone to install and administrate a Network Attached Storage without deeper knowledge. (by openmediavault)
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Posts with mentions or reviews of Ansible-NAS. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2022-11-24.
  • NAS with NFSv4.2
    2 projects | | 24 Nov 2022
    Never used this thing but it seems popular freenas is fine for me
  • Reliable DIY home NAS/server suggestions
    2 projects | | 29 Aug 2022
    - NAS software and solutions: -- FreeNas or TrueNas, I heard they are good file storage solutions, but I cross them out because I read there is limited Docker or VMs support; -- Unraid, I cross it out since needs paid license I am not sure if I need all the features. Maybe I am cheapscate, but I would like to see if I can get what I need using free software first. I probably would invest if I build a proper NAS from scratch, and not reporpusing old hardware; -- OpenMediaVault. Something I am considering, but I heard it is a decent open source NAS based on Linux, has it limitations, doesn't really like USB storage and so on. -- Synology hardware. Friend has it because he knows he has no time to mess around. Don't want to go this rout since I have the hardware already. -- Roling out your own solution or using ubuntu or ansible-nas. Sounds like a great learning experience. BUT for some reason, people who create their own solution end up switching to some different framework like this guy.
  • Is there a more up-to-date guide than this?
    5 projects | | 16 Apr 2022
    Not an up to date article, but if you're interested in an alternative which also has portainer for some management, I've used in the past with great results. It's managed with ansible, but all docker containers.
  • someone please tell me linux equivalent to Microsoft Storage spaces
    2 projects | | 20 Feb 2022
    Thanks for all the responses, I read and watched a lot about ZFS again tonight after posting this and my only thing I'm not sure on is if I can have the SSDs as a write cache or like how storage spaces does tiering. so, I'm going to start with Truenas core. I also found this other project which looks really good and that I might consider later on down the track:
  • My self-hosting infrastructure, fully automated from empty disk to operating services.
    15 projects | | 21 Jan 2022
  • What do you use Ansible and automation for?
    2 projects | | 10 Nov 2021
    I'm using ansible to deploy containers on my nas setup, forked from here
  • Synology died, migrate to TrueNAS?
    2 projects | | 9 May 2021
  • Need advice on choosing OS/base for NAS/home server
    2 projects | | 2 Apr 2021
    First I will point you toward this project: Which uses ansible to define and manage your docker containers. There's initially no GUI (this is actually a good thing!) but you could probably install Ubuntu with a GUI if you need it before setting up your drives or whatever. After you have configured everything to your liking you can end up with a webui for docker (portainer) and a dashboard linking to the webui for all of your services (radarr, traefik, etc.)


Posts with mentions or reviews of OpenMediaVault. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2022-11-27.
  • Best way to do NAS + still use as occasional chrome browser on projector?
    2 projects | | 27 Nov 2022
    As nas os running inside of the cluster you can look into something like TrueNAS (, OMV ( or Starwinds san and nas, they have also guide for hyper-v setup (
  • Why do people say ZFS is not enterprise storage?
    2 projects | | 24 Nov 2022
    Say, unraid (, openmediavault ( and TrueNAS ( Allow for ZFS support with right plugin in place. Let us leave the ZFS/Open ZFS aside for this thread.
  • Just picked up this T440. What to do with it?
    2 projects | | 21 Nov 2022
    First of all, the server is great. Skylake-gen of CPUs is still great, with great NICs (best Intel NIC, IMO) and a good enough RAID controller. However, single Silver Xeon w/ 8 cores and 2.1 GHz frequency will most likely be a bottleneck compared with your primary node. I would turn it into a NAS. Just drop there a TrueNAS or Starwinds SAN and NAS or OMV and share the storage to your primary server via NFS or iSCSI. You can even drop ESXi on the T440, add this node to the cluster (to manage the server via a single console - vCenter) and deploy the NAS application as the VM.
  • 96TB in Raid 1 - Can Windows 10 handle it?
    3 projects | | 19 Nov 2022
    As an alternative to them, you might look into OMV ( and Starwinds san and nas (
  • Building first home server, any feedback is greatly appreciated
    2 projects | | 13 Nov 2022
    Well, TrueNAS is a good option but if you will be running multiple VMs, I would consider running Proxmox as OS and then run TrueNAS as a VM. Alternatively, Starwinds SAN and NAS: or openmediavault (needs minimum RAM): As mentioned, I would increase RAM amount, this never hurts. Aside of that, the build looks decent. As to photos, not sure if there is anything better yet than Google Photos but, maybe, photoprism is worth checking:
  • Thinking about making a home storage server
    3 projects | | 5 Nov 2022 is a pretty good solution for starting out. Using older gear is a well honored tradition for home servers. As you start to explore new uses, check out for some ideas.
  • Best NAS software for apps and VMs?
    2 projects | | 1 Nov 2022
    UnRaid is a NAS OS, and includes Docker containers and KVM-based VMs. Same for OpenMediaVault They are both Linux-based. If you finally decide to stick with Proxmox or even ESXi, look at Starwind San and NAS virtual OS, It is lighter than TrueNAS.
  • Should I use RAIDZ1 for a Home NAS Media Server with x3 4TB drives?
    3 projects | | 24 Oct 2022
    In the setup I referred to - I provision a virtual machine with virtual disks (virtual disk images stored on various zfs pools) and on the vm I run snapraid to handle parity and redundancy of the data. Some disks are for data, some disk are for parity. The vm is Debain running omv.
  • Whats everyone's favorite storage appliance platform for home use?
    2 projects | | 22 Oct 2022
    TrueNas ( should be pretty decent option, as alternative, you can look into OMV ( and Starwinds san and nas (
  • Setting up server
    3 projects | | 21 Oct 2022
    If you're building a basic server out of a PC, consider Proxmox or ESXi. You won't need RMM as such as these hypervisors are accessed via web UI. You can access them remotely over VPN as well. as to making it a NAS, again, if you're doing an overall server and NAS will be one of its functions, deploy Openmediavault: or Starwinds SAN and NAS: as a VM on top of Proxmox/ESXi. If you're looking to build only a NAS, you can deploy same baremetal or also consider TrueNAS Scale:

What are some alternatives?

When comparing Ansible-NAS and OpenMediaVault you can also consider the following projects:

Nextcloud - ☁️ Nextcloud server, a safe home for all your data

FreeNAS - TrueNAS CORE/Enterprise/SCALE Middleware Git Repository [Moved to:]

DietPi - Lightweight justice for your single-board computer!

Jellyfin - The Free Software Media System

Portainer - Making Docker and Kubernetes management easy.

yunohost - YunoHost is an operating system aiming to simplify as much as possible the administration of a server. This repository corresponds to the core code, written mostly in Python and Bash.

NextCloudPi - 📦 Build code for NextcloudPi: Raspberry Pi, Odroid, Rock64, Docker, curl installer...

Yacht - A web interface for managing docker containers with an emphasis on templating to provide 1 click deployments. Think of it like a decentralized app store for servers that anyone can make packages for.

Nginx Proxy Manager - Docker container for managing Nginx proxy hosts with a simple, powerful interface

Syncloud - Run popular services on your device with one click

SFTPGo - Fully featured and highly configurable SFTP server with optional HTTP/S, FTP/S and WebDAV support - S3, Google Cloud Storage, Azure Blob