Archive for September, 2008

Learning FreeNAS book "crammed with good information"

September 30th, 2008 Comments off

Utahcon, aka Adam Barrett, has reviewed my book Learning FreeNAS and he was impressed!!!

He says “Overall I was really impressed with the amount of FreeNAS (and consiquently FreeBSD) they covered in only 200+ pages, but it was well laid out knowledge, and easy to understand.”

You can read the full review here.

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Hillier Consultants ship FreeNAS based NAS

September 24th, 2008 Comments off

Hillier Consultants based in Essex, UK have shipped a NAS based on FreeNAS.

Their NAS comes with 4 x 1000GB hard disks arranged in two RAID mirrored pairs of disks, with 4GB RAM, Athlon 6000+ processor, shipped in a tower case. This gives just short of 1700GB on line storage and costs just under £800 delivered and installed.

You can read more here.

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The Apple LCIII and FreeNAS

September 23rd, 2008 Comments off

Andy of Andy’s Retro Computers blog has taken his old Apple Mac LCIII and made it into a NAS using FreeNAS. Well, it isn't actually an Apple LCIII just rather the case, but it looks neat.

He includes pictures as proof!

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Tech GURU Live's FreeNAS Installation Guide

September 23rd, 2008 Comments off

The guys over at Tech GURU Live have put together quite a nice installation guide for FreeNAS. It is for FreeNAS v0.67.1 but in general it should be valid for the 0.68 and 0.69 releases.

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FreeNAS 0.69b3 (Shai-Hulud) released

September 14th, 2008 Comments off

Volker Theile and the FreeNAS team have released FreeNAS 0.69 beta 3. It is expected that as soon as FreeBSD 6.4 has been released then 0.69 stable will be released.

IMPORTANT: Please note, because many new features have been added to beta 3 the size of the image file has increased and it is not possible to upgrade to the latest 0.69b3 from previous installations if you have chosen the embedded OS/DATA installation mode. In this case you have to backup your data from the DATA partition and do a fresh installation.

Majors changes:
– – – Add nullfs.ko and unionfs.ko kernel modules.
– – – Display warning message when user is going to delete an software RAID or encrypted volume.
– – – Add 'Recursive', 'Times', 'Compress' and 'Archive' checkbox to
RSYNC client/local WebGUI. Also add 'Delete algorithm' option in RSYNC client/local WebGUI to specify deletion algorithm when 'Delete' option has been choosen.
– – – Add 'Execute now' button in RSYNC client/local WebGUI. This button is only visible if you edit existing RSYNC jobs (because of implementation reasons).
– – – Add nVidia nForce MCP on-board ethernet support.
– – – Add audio transcoding support to mt-daapd/firefly.
– – – Add audio/video transcoding support to fuppes. Thanks to Thomas Gronsten for fine tuning the PS3 settings.
– – – Increase mfs_root size to 74MB (32bit) and 80MB (64bit).
– – – CTorrent BitTorrent client has been replaced by Transmission which includes a WebGUI.
– – – Upgrade inadyn-mt to 02.12.24.
– – – Add Network UPS tools 2.2.2 and WebGUI in 'Services|UPS'.
– – – Add bash to support better scripting capabilities for experts.
– – – Add 'Run now' button for CRON jobs (FR 2062970).
– – – Upgrade Samba to 3.0.32.
– – – Upgrade nano to 2.0.8.
– – – Add AFP3.2 (FPSyncDir) support to netatalk.
– – – Add patch (increase number of kernel page tables) to fix booting problem on systems > 2GB RAM.

Minors changes:
– – – Add 'Send test email' button in 'System: Advanced: Email' to test current email settings.
– – – Display additional information when resetting WebGUI password (FR
– – – Add 'Extra options' to SSH services WebGUI page (FR 2062665). This enables the user to add additional options to /etc/ssh/sshd_config.
– – – Add 'Auxiliary parameters' to CIFS/SMB shares WebGUI. This enables the user to add additional parameters to the shares' configuration in smb.conf.
– – – Add 'Auxiliary parameters' to 'Services|RSYNCD|Server|Settings' and 'Services|RSYNCD|Server|Module|Add/Edit' WebGUI. This enables the user to add additional parameters to rsyncd.conf.
– – – Add 'Test email' option in 'Disks|Management|S.M.A.R.T.' which
enables the sending of a test email whenever the service (smartd) is started.
– – – Add comments to ISCSI extents/devices/targets (FR 2099023).
– – – Modify mt-daapd (iTunes) to stream WMA files.
– – – Add extra command 'rebuilddb', 'updatedb' and 'rebuildvcont' to
/etc/rc.d/fuppes script to rebuild database.
– – – Add WebGUI page to display state of all services. Click on
'Services' in the navigation bar.

Bug fixes:
– – – Add missing kernel modules required by mount_smbfs.
– – – Fix lagg interface initialization bug (BR 2003231). WebGUI was not accessible after creating a lagg interface without assigning it to LAN or OPT asap before rebooting.
– – – Modify misc /etc/rc.d scripts to allow customizing of their
variables via /etc/rc.conf.
– – – Fix crash on AMD64 when trying to load fuse.ko kernel module.

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 separate 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.



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Receive a FREE copy of my book, just write a review

September 13th, 2008 Comments off

My publishers PacktPub are looking for people to review my book Learning FreeNAS.

You would like to receive a free copy of the book and are prepared to write a review, please email me at: gary dot sims at gmail dot com

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Creating a SSH tunnel between OS X and FreeNAS

September 2nd, 2008 1 comment

Jeff's blog has a great post on how to create sudo-VPN called an “SSH tunnel.” An SSH tunnel is a secure, encrypted connection between the remote computer and the file server for a specific port. Each service running on the server uses different ports, thus it is necessary to create numerous tunnels – once for each service you which to access remotely.

Read more here

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Retired Windows 2003 Server converted to a FreeNAS device

September 2nd, 2008 Comments off

The SearchStorage guys have a review of FreeNAS, they take their old retired Windows 2003 Server and converted it to a FreeNAS device.

They review is quite positive and you can read more here.

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16TB and then 32TB FreeNAS servers

September 1st, 2008 Comments off

Daniel Gimpelevich and Holden Aust built a 16 TB server for Christian Einfeld and his Digital Tipping Point Project. See Linux Journal, Issue 173, September 2008.

As a response Thaed who runs the Mental Interface blog has proposed a 32TB FreeNAS Server:

Building a 32 TB Server: a thought experiment

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