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FreeNAS 0.69RC2 released

November 30th, 2008 Comments off

FreeNAS 0.69RC1, code name Kralizec has been released. It can be downloaded from here.

This will be hopefully the last release candidate before the stable release can be published.

Majors changes:
– Upgrade to FreeBSD 6.4-RELEASE.
– Add system firewall. Please note this is only for the local system and not for the network (this will also never be implemented, use pfSense or m0n0wall instead).
– Upgrade transmission to 1.40.
– Introduce new WebGUI look (fixes some MSIE rendering bugs also).

Minors changes:
– Add UPS service WebGUI option to define shutdown mode.
– Add option 'Use sendfile' to 'Services|CIFS/SMB|Settings'. Some users report problems with this option (which is enabled by default), so now it is really easy to disable it.
– Check if configured port is already used (e.g. UPnP, Bittorrent, DAAP, …).

Bug fixes:
– Fix web server security hole (file .htpasswd was downloadable) (BR 2255936).
– Re-enable fuppes transcoding support (BR 2276571).
– Remove garbage at end of downloaded log files (BR 2309257).

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.
– Enable 'polling' on interfaces used by a LAGG interface will make it inoperable.

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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SketchUp Ada – A NAS (Network Attached Storage)

November 24th, 2008 Comments off

Nexxo has a great design for a FreeNAS box.

Called Ada (after Ada Lovelace), it is a NAS consisting of FreeNAS running on an Epia C7 mini-ITX platform, driving two 1Tb drives in a RAID 1 configuration. Simple, quiet, cheap, low in power consumption.

There is a nice 3D concept picture which is worth looking at here.

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Pro DIYer looks at FreeNAS

November 24th, 2008 Comments off

The Pro DIYer “Inside the mind of an engineering student” blog has a post about NAS and FreeNAS.

“The software setup for my NAS was pretty easy but it did take a little while for me to get it going. I used FreeNAS which is a free open source NAS OS which a huge range of different features…”

You can read more here.

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FreeNAS and ESX 3.5 Performance

November 19th, 2008 2 comments

Eric Kiel has written an interesting post on his blog about getting the best performance from VMware ESX 3.5 server and FreeNAS.

The secret is in using a “faithful virtual implementation of a physical network adapter” which in this case means the Intel E1000 NIC.

You can read more at FreeNAS and ESX 3.5 Performance

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New Virtualization News Blog

November 19th, 2008 Comments off

Much of the testing I do with FreeNAS and many of the setups I used for writing my FreeNAS book were done using virtualization software like VMware and VirtualBox.

As a result I have started a new blog called Virtualization News.

Enojy!

Gary

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FreeNAS 0.69RC1 released

November 8th, 2008 Comments off

FreeNAS 0.69RC1, code name Salusa Secundus has been released. It can be downloaded from here .

In case you didn't know (and I didn't): Salusa Secundus is a fictional planet appearing in Frank Herbert's Dune universe. With its harsh conditions Salusa is used as the Imperial Prison Planet and is one of two planets on which shigawire is grown.

IMPORTANT:
Please note, because of the many new features that have been added to FreeNAS, the size of the image file has increased and it is not possible to upgrade to the latest 0.69b4 from previous installations (< 0.69b4) 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:
– Modify password handling for user 'admin'. Because of that the password will be set back to the default which is 'freenas'.

– Add quixplorer 2.3.1 to administrate file system via web browser. It is accessible via http://192.168.1.250/quixplorer or WebGUI 'Advanced|File Manager'. Administrator can login via user 'admin' and the WebGUI password. Local system users have access to /mnt only.

– Replace PHPMailer with msmtp SMTP mail client.

– Add UPS email notification.

– Upgrade lighttpd to 1.4.20.

– Upgrade e2fsprogs to 1.41.3.

– Upgrade Adaptec AACRAID 32/64-bit driver to v5.2.0 Build 15753.

– Upgrade arcconf to 5.30.17509.

– Upgrade scponly to 4.8.

Minors changes:
– Add misc NOTIFYFLAG options to upsmon configuration to make logging more communicative.

– Add 'Auxiliary parameters' option to DynamicDNS WebGUI page to allow adding additional parameters to the configuration file for customization (FR 2149626).

– Add 'MOTD' option to 'System|Advanced' to set the system message of the day. This is displayed when login in via SSH for example.

– Add /sbin/clri command to clear an inode by hand if fsck fails (FR 2177277).

– Run transmission daemon as user 'transmission' (FR 2129517).

– Add combobox to select email authentication method on 'System|Advanced|Email'.

– Add combobox to set cnidscheme for AFP shares (FR 2212374).

– Create user home directory if an alternative one is set (FR 2214123).

– Add 'Download' button on 'Diagnostics|Logs' pages to download log files (FR 2221603).

– Refactor /etc/rc.d/routing script.

– Traffic graph color change for viewability (BR 2223207).

Bug fixes:
– Check entered path for iSCSI target extents before storing configuration (BR 2144966).

– Allow line breaks in RSYNC message of the day. Due this fix you have to update your MOTD.

– Fixed bug in S.M.A.R.T WebGUI. The 'Test email' checkbox was not enabled/disabled correct.

– Fix bug in NetBIOS name validation code (BR 2163358).

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.

– Enable 'polling' on interfaces used by a LAGG interface will make it inoperable.

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

Changelog:
https://sourceforge.net/project/shownotes.php?group_id=151951&release_id=638937

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