Archive for August, 2008

Two new articles including "A Brief History of FreeNAS"

August 12th, 2008 Comments off

I have published two new articles in the articles sections:

1) A Brief History of FreeNAS – This is a summary of the major changes and new features added to FreeNAS with each point release starting from FreeNAS 0.2 released on 9th November 2005.

2) A Look at the FreeNAS Server – This is an article which I wrote for back in 2006. I have reproduced it here and updated it.

Since writing this FreeNAS has changed considertably including:
– Better iSCSI support
– More stable RAID5
– IPv6 support on the WebGUI
– New UPnP media server
– Access files over HTTP
– A DAAP server to support iTunes.

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RAID 5 video now on YouTube

August 10th, 2008 Comments off

I have uploaded the RAID 5 tutorial video to YouTube:

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New video: Setting up RAID 5

August 9th, 2008 Comments off

A short tutorial on how to setup RAID5 on a FreeNAS server with 3 hard disks. You can see it in the Video section.

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FreeNAS 0.69b2 released

August 8th, 2008 Comments off

Majors changes:
– – Upgrade e2fsprogs to 1.41.0.
– – Upgrade fusefs-ntfs/ntfs-3g to 1.2531.
– – Upgrade Samba to 3.0.30.
– – Add 'perms' and 'xattrs' parameter to RSYNC client/local shares (FR2009300).
– – Allow user to add additional parameters to RSYNC client/local shares.
– – Modified WebGUI look & feel.
– – Add ctorrent client (No WebGUI, only console support).
– – Disable splashscreen because it causes reboots on some systems.
– – Keep time zone informations up to date (BR 2034132). Thanks to Azguy987.
– – Upgrade rsync to 3.0.3.

Minors changes:
– – Enable WLAN interface setup via console.
– – Add 'Loewe Connect' UPnP support (FR 2003278).
– – Modify iSCSI-Target WebGUI. This will hopefully reduce 'Extent'
configuration problems.
– – Disallow adding duplicate named CIFS/SMB and AFP shares. Thanks to
Falk Menzel.
– – Rename environment variable used by /etc/rc.d/rsync_client and
rsync_local scripts to
~ rsync_client_logfile and rsync_local_logfile.
– – If 'Recycle bin' has been enabled for a CIFS/SMB share the
'.recycle' directory will
~ be created with 0777 permissions. A subdir will be created for each
user with 0700
~ permissions.
– – Add 'mount_smbfs' command. HowTo see

Bug fixes:
– – Fix bug in interfaces WebGUI. Thanks to freenas_fan for this tip.
– – Support large MSDOS file systems (use mount option 'large') (BR
2001483). Thanks to gusthave.
– – iSCSI Target lets you create a target with no storage (BR 2011723).
Thanks to SuperJuice.
– – Fix bug in /etc/rc.d/hosts script. Thanks to Lars K├Âller for
reporting the problem.

Permanent restrictions:
– – It is not possible to format a SoftRAID disk with MSDOS FAT16/32.
– – It is not possible to encrypt a disk partition, only complete disks
are supported.
– – It is not possible to get seperate CPU stats per processor on SMP
machines because
~ FreeBSD does not support that feature.

Known bugs:
– – If DHCP for IPv4 is used, the IPv6 statically configured DNS server
will be overriden by the IPv4 DNS server.

You can download it here:

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64 bit build of FreeNAS 0.7 now available

August 8th, 2008 Comments off

From the FreeNAS development blog:

Finally a AMD64 build from FreeNAS 0.7 is available. It can be downloaded in the 'Nightly Build' section.

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Status of 0.7 development

August 8th, 2008 Comments off

From the FreeNAS development team blog:

Right at the moment we had some problems with systems running >= 2GB RAM. It is not possible to boot FreeNAS on this systems. To solve the problem the current workaround is to reduce RAM to 1GB. I will keep an eye on this problem.

ZFS integration has been done in 0.7, so it is possible to create pools and datasets via WebGUI. The integration of ZFS is not really seamless because of the new workflow ZFS uses, e.g. it is not necessary to mount the disks manually as it has to be done when using 'normal' disks/filesystems.

Till 0.69/0.7 revision 3468 the following changes has been done:
– Included access restrictions WebGUI for mount points, so it is possible to define access rights for each mount point.

– Removed ACPI in kernel, using kernel module instead. Hopefully this will fix misc problems on some systems that do not like ACPI.

– LiveCD creation scripts has been improved, maybe this will also fix some boot problems on misc systems.

– VLAN and LAGG support has been included

– WLAN WEP/WPA should work now

Categories: Tips Tags: Launched

August 8th, 2008 Comments off

My new website has been launched.

The aim of the site is to offer people help and tips for using FreeNAS. There will also be announcements, tutorials, reviews and videos.

Who am I? I am Gary Sims the author of the new book “Learning FreeNAS” available from

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