Archive for June, 2009

Benchmark of FreeNAS 0.7, a single SSD and AFP

June 26th, 2009 2 comments

Harryd has bought a solid state drive and is testing it with FreeNAS.

He has done some FreeNAS performance testing using the SSD on his Intel Core2Quad Q6000 (2.4 GHz) based server with 8GB is RAM and gigabit Ethernet. The testing is done using Iozone which is used to benchmark filesystems.

Initial tests showed speeds of just 60 MB/s read an 80MB/s write which is low compared to the drive’s capability. Harryd identified the problem was his Gigabit switch and so connected the FreeNAS directly to his Mac Book Pro.

With the direct connection he was able to achieve a constant bandwidth of 77 MByte/s write and 105 MByte/s read performance.

This highlights a something I noted in my book Learning FreeNAS. If you don’t have the right network equipment it doesn’t matter how fast your FreeNAS server is, you just can’t get the results over the network at the best possible speeds. This is especially true with Gigabit and many home/consumer switches don’t have a high throughput.

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Benchmark of FreeNAS 0.7 and a single SSD

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FreeNAS + MediaWiki Match Made In Heaven

June 24th, 2009 Comments off

There is a new post on the EJES Consulting blog about using MediaWiki with FreeNAS…

Seeing Network Attached Storage as a must and providing accessibility to all your information in a central place (from PCs to Media Centers) EJES Consulting recommends FreeNAS.

“FreeNAS, out of the box, came with all the functionality I needed.  Web server, Bitttorrent, CIFS stack and NFS.  As well as a bunch I don’t use (yet). Configuration was a breeze, just boot from CD, and ta-da it worked beautifully.”

EJES started doing a bit of development on the web-server portion of FreeNAS. It runs a full blown lighthttp server, with a tiny SQLite backend. This means that MediaWiki can actually work on this tiny embedded platform.

Unfortunately EJES didn’t write a tutorial yet… But the post does say “If there is enough interest, I’ll post a tutorial for setting up FreeNAS, and the MediaWiki.”

So please head over there and leave a comment as this would be useful tutorial.

EJES Consulting is a private consulting firm specialising in all apsects of information technology from electronic design, application development though to implmentation, support and beyond.

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FreeNAS + MediaWiki Match Made In Heaven « ejes consulting

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Olivier’s call to vote FreeNAS for Sourceforge CCA 09

June 23rd, 2009 Comments off

SourceForge has announced the finalists for the 2009 Community Choice Awards. In its fourth year, the Community Choice Awards received the highest number of nominations from its community members to date, resulting in 85 finalists.

The great news is that FreeNAS has been chosen as a finalist in the ‘Best Project’ and the ‘Most Likely to Chang the Way You Do Everything’ categories.

Now, the “second round” is open: Vote for FreeNAS!

Also Olivier Cochard has released a personal message to get out the vote for FreeNAS.

Related links:

FreeNAS: Sourceforge CCA 09: Vote for FreeNAS!

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The Wait is Over, First RC for FreeNAS 0.7 is Available

June 20th, 2009 Comments off

Volker Theile and the FreeNAS team have proudly to announced the first release candidate of FreeNAS 0.7.

It can be downloaded from

Version 0.7 is a major upgrade to FreeNAS with the most significant changes being the move to FreeBSD 7.2 and the inclusion of ZFS. Also the minimum specification has changed, if you want to use ZFS you will need 512MB of memory.

Majors changes:

  • Upgrade to FreeBSD 7.2.
  • Include ZFS support.
  • Upgrade iSCSI initiator to 2.1.1.
  • Replace iSCSI target by istgt. Please note, if you have used devices with the previous iSCSI target software you have to recreate your target.
  • Upgrade transmission to 1.61. Add ‘Watch directory’ and ‘Extra options’ fields to ‘Services|BitTorrent’ WebGUI.

Known bugs:

  • Downgrading to 0.69 via WebGUI fails because of broken pipe error.
  • FreeBSD’s ext2fs module, as of release 7.1, cannot mount ext2 file systems
    with 256-byte large inodes, only 128 byte sized. Unfortunately, 256 byte is
    the default size with many recent Linux distributions.

You can see the full release notes at

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June 18th, 2009 Comments off

Episode 518 of Hak5, shows how truly easy it is to add iSCSI storage to a free deployment of ESXi using FreeNAS.

All you need is: a functioning ESXi installation, a server capable of running FreeNAS and Gigabit connectivity between ESXi server and FreeNAS.

Read the full story here:

ESXi & iSCSI – We has tubez!

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Diskinfo of a SuperTalent UltraDrive ME MLC 64GB on FreeNAS

June 13th, 2009 Comments off

Harryd has bought himself a SuperTalent UltraDrive ME MLC 64GB SSD drive. He is putting it through its paces on FreeNAS and comparing it to a traditional Western Digital 2TB hard drive. So far Harryd is impressed by the performance of the SSD… Read more at the link below.

Related links:

harryd: FreeNAS 0.7 – diskinfo of a SuperTalent UltraDrive ME MLC 64GB

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Creating a Network Attached Storage VMware using FreeNAS; Includes iSCSI Instructions

June 13th, 2009 Comments off

Simon’s Blog has a tutorial with screenshots about setting up FreeNAS on VMware. The tutorial covers installation of FreeNAS and setting up an iSCSI target and connecting to it from Windows.

Related links:

Creating a Network Attached Storage VMware using Free NAS « Simon’s Blog

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FreeNAS 0.69.2 Released

June 11th, 2009 Comments off

FreeNAS 0.69.2 (code name Muad’Dib; a term with multiple applications within Frank Herbert’s Dune universe) has been released. This is a maintenance release to the 0.69 branch.

Majors changes:

  • Add another WOL patch. It is tested for nfe(4) und xl(4). Thanks to Tobias Reber.
  • Add switch in ‘System|Advanced’ WebGUI to enable the console screensaver (FR 2777301).
  • Upgrade Adaptec SCSI RAID administration tool to 6.10.18359.
  • Add ability to enable or disable rc.conf variables configured via ‘System|Advanced|rc.conf’.
  • Add danish WebGUI translation. Thanks to all translators.
  • Add kernel patches to get ARTiGO A2000 hardware working. Thanks to David Davis for the patches.
  • Add ability to use %d (date) and %h (hostname) in email subjects (e.g. Services|UPS) (FR 2796141).

Minors changes:

  • Add ‘MaxLoginAttempts’ event to FTP ban list rules (FR 2777481).
  • Add ‘ClientConnectRate’ event to FTP ban list rules.
  • Allow selecting the key length of the cryptographic algorithm used to encrypt a disk (FR 2779692).
  • Add system power control options to ‘System|Advanced|rc.conf’ (FR 2784889).
  • Show FTP transfer log in ‘Diagnostics|Logs|FTP|Transfer’ (FR 2785325).
  • Add filechooser button to ‘Home directory’ editbox in ‘Access|Users|Edit’ WebGUI (FR 2790909).
  • Sort various lists displayed in the WebGUI using a ‘natural order’ algorithm (FR 2481934). Thanks to Marion Desnault for the patch.

Bug fixes:

  • It was not possible to configure multiple FTP ban list rules. Thanks to Michael Zoon.
  • Modify Fuppes UPnP configuration to get PS3 with firmware 2.70 working again (BR 2782729).
  • Editing existing config items in WebGUI will display incorrect data (e.g. ‘System|Advanced|rc.conf’ or ‘System|Advanced|sysctl.conf’) (BR 2792956).
  • Fix bug in WebGUI which is caused by unhandled special HTML characters used in various languages (BR 2793875).
  • Set Quixplorer user permissions to ‘View only’ because of security reason because Quixplorer does not respect system user permissions (BR 2798934).
  • Disk temperature not detected correct for SCSI devices (BR 2801565).
  • Fix JPCERT/CC JVN#89791790 (Cross-site scripting vulnerability).

It can be downloaded here and you can read the full release announcement here.

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Book review: Learning FreeNAS

June 6th, 2009 Comments off

UNIX Administratosphere has a review of my book Learning FreeNAS.

Here are some quotes from the review:

“Overall, this is a good book, worth getting.”

“There is no comparable book for the only serious competitor in the open source NAS arena, OpenFiler (which is based on Linux).”

Read more here: Book review: Learning FreeNAS « UNIX Administratosphere

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Creating a VMServer NAS using FreeNAS for Apache Files

June 6th, 2009 Comments off has an interesting post about using FreeNAS with VMware to store web files for an apache server.

The author wanted to create a NAS on a Virtual machine to store webfiles.  This would allow a good separation of program files and content files. The idea is to create a NAS on a virtual server as a virtual machine, mount the NAS on the webserver and then setup apache to be able to access it.

Read more here: Creating a VMServer NAS using FreeNAS « MJS1|dotcom

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