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FreeNAS 8 Released

May 2nd, 2011 1 comment

FreeNAS 8 has been released. For those who don’t want to read the rest of the announcement you can download it from: https://sourceforge.net/projects/freenas/files/FreeNAS-8/

FreeNAS 8 should be installed to a USB stick or Compact Flash device. It requires a device of at least 1 GB in size. Unlike FreeNAS 0.7, the OS drive can not be used as a component for a volume, nor can it be partitioned for sharing.

  • FreeNAS 8.0-RELEASE supports NFS, CIFS, AFP, FTP and TFTP as filesharing mechanisms. It also supports exporting devices via iSCSI as an iSCSI target.
  • Active Directory or LDAP for user authentication.
  • The ZFS and UFS2 filesystems are supported. ZFS is the primary filesystem and enables usage of many features, including quotas, snapshots, compression and replication that are not available in UFS2.

Note: Upgrades from freenas 0.7x are unsupported. The FreeNAS 8.0 series has no way to import configuration settings from 0.7 versions of FreeNAS.

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FreeNAS 8.0 Release Candidate 5 – Last One Before Final Version?

April 12th, 2011 3 comments

The FreeNAS team and iXsystems have surprised themselves by shipping FreeNAS 8.0 RC5.
It wasn’t planned but since they fixed so many issues in RC4 it was clear that an RC5 would be beneficial.

There are two new major features in RC5:

  • Volume drive replacement in the GUI
  • The ability to add to ZFS volumes, which also doubles as the ability to create stacked ZFS volumes, such as a stripe of RAIDZs (RAID 50) or a stripe of mirrors (RAID 10)

The GUI contains functionality to replace components in volumes. Mainly useful for replacing failed drives in arrays, it can handle replacing devices in place or migrating devices depending on is the new device has the same or a different device name in it. Due to a bug in FreeBSD’s ZFS implementation, occasionally ZFS will attempt to hold on to the old device. The GUI contains a detach button for such cases. Spare, Cache, and Log devices can now be added to ZFS volumes at any time through the GUI.

The ability to create “stacked” ZFS configurations is now present in the GUI. This also goes hand in hand with the ability to add devices to ZFS volumes. For ZFS the volume wizard will now accept an existing volume name when adding volumes. If an existing volume name is specified, the volume being created will be added to the existing volume as a stripe. In this manner one can create complex volumes such as RAID 10, RAIDZ+0, RAIDZ2+0, RAIDZ3+0 in the same manner as conventional RAID controllers build complex volumes. Simply start with the subgroups and build up from there. The top level group is implicitly a stripe, there is no provision to build a mirror of mirrors, or a RAIDZ of mirrors, or a mirror of RAIDZs

FreeNAS 8 should be installed to a USB stick or Compact Flash device. It requires a device of at least 1 GB in size. In a departure from FreeNAS 0.7 releases, the OS drive can not be used as a component for a volume, nor can it be partitioned for sharing.

UPGRADES FROM FREENAS 0.7x ARE UNSUPPORTED

You can download FreeNAS 8.0 RC5 from here.

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iXsystems Release FreeNAS 8.0-RC3

March 15th, 2011 2 comments

iXsystems, the new custodian and developer of FreeNAS, has released RC3 of the FreeNAS 8.0 series and it is clear that it  has been hard at work!!!

The highlights of this release include:

  • A volume importer
  • Better AFP and CIFS configuration
  • Reworked and improved iSCSI support.
  • Support for 6gbps 3Ware RAID controllers (and the command line utility tw_cli for managing them)
  • HTTPS access for the GUI

Notable bug fixes include:

  • A bug that prevented AFP from properly sharing ZFS Datasets has been fixed.
  • The firmware upgrade via GUI process is more streamlined and bugs in   it have been fixed.
  • iSCSI support has been thoroughly tested and improved.
  • Split anonymous/authenticated access to CIFS shares is now supported.

Note: Upgrades from freenas 0.7x are unsupported. The FreeNAS 8.0 series has no way to import configuration settings from 0.7 versions of FreeNAS.

There are further details in the release notes. FreeNAS 8.0-RC3 can be downloaded here for 32bit and 64bit systems.

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FreeNAS 8.0-RC2 Released

March 1st, 2011 Comments off

Since iXsystems released the first FreeNAS 8 beta in November there has been lots of activity including several betas and a release candiate. They have now released RC2 (release candiate 2) which means that the final version should be coming out soon.

The astute  among you will also notice that the version number has changed. This is no longer FreeNAS 0.8 (which followed the tradition set by previous versions of FreeNAS – remember 0.69? 0.72?).

The intention is to have the version number reflect the base version of FreeBSD used. RC2 is based on FreeBSD 8.2, but this version of FreeNAS is called 8.0 as there are future plans to add functionality. Once FreeNAS 8.2 is out, a suffix will be added, such as 8.2.1, 8.2.2, etc.

Release Candidate 2 contains fixes for issues that were encountered in RC1.  It does not contain the new functionality that was scheduled for RC2, but due to the bug fixes is a significant improvement over RC1.

FreeNAS 8 should be installed to a USB stick or Compact Flash device.  It requires a device of at least 1 GB in size.  In a departure from FreeNAS 0.7 releases, the OS drive can not be used as a component for a volume, nor can it be partitioned for sharing.

The following things are worth noting:

UPGRADES FROM FREENAS 0.7x ARE STILL UNSUPPORTED
The system has no way to import configuration settings from 0.7 versionsof FreeNAS, nor is there any sort of volume importer yet that will preservedata on existing volumes.  Attempting to upgrade from 0.7 will result in theloss of your configuration, your data, or quite likely, both.

IMPORTING EXISTING STORAGE VOLUMES IS UNSUPPORTED
We will get that working very shortly, for now, don’t feed disks with datayou care about to FreeNAS 8

Finally… while FreeNAS 8 system does support UFS based volumes, such as gmirror, gstripe,graid3, the primary focus is on ZFS.  Many of the features are provided via ZFS datasets, such as the ability to share subsets of volumes via CIFS. This delta is likely to increase over time, the compelling reasons to use ZFS are likely to increase as well.  It is highly recommended to use ZFS for new volumes, even if the underlying device is a volume exported by a hardware RAID controller.

 

You can download FreeNAS 8.0-RC2 from here.

 

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iXsystems Releases FreeNAS 8 Beta

November 23rd, 2010 1 comment

FreeNAS 0.8 Beta is now available for testing and can be downloaded from http://sourceforge.net/projects/freenas/files/. The FreeNAS team are looking for feedback to improve the product for final release.

FreeNAS 8 Beta includes ZFS version 14 and future versions of FreeNAS will include other ZFS benefits such as De-Duplication, which conserves disk space by sending a pointer to the location of the original file for any replicated data.

The base system has migrated from FreeBSD 7.x and the m0m0wall build system to FreeBSD 8.1-RELEASE and NanoBSD. The system startup has migrated from the older php scripts to the standard FreeBSD rc.d boot system. We’ve pushed many of the bug fixes and system improvements back into FreeBSD.

You can read the full release notes here: http://support.freenas.org/wiki/ReleaseNotes8r5591

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FreeNAS Security Alert: Upgrade now or restrict web GUI access by IP address

November 10th, 2010 Comments off

Brian Adeloye of Tenable Network Security has found a vulnerability  in all versions of FreeNAS before  0.7.2.5543. With this vulnerability root acccess can be gained via the web GUI without authentication.

There are two solutions:

1) Upgrade to the latest stable version of FreeNAS – 0.7.2.5543:  https://sourceforge.net/projects/freenas/files/stable/0.7.2/

2) Restrict web GUI access to trusted IP addresses only.

For most people using FreeNAS in their homes behind a firewall this shouldn’t be an issue, but it is worth upgrading anyway just to be 100% sure.

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FreeNAS 0.7.2.5462 Sabanda Released

October 20th, 2010 1 comment

A maintenance update for FreeNAS 0.7.2 has been released by the FreeNAS development team. This new version includes Samba 3.5.5 and experimental iSCSI boot/install.

It is also worth noting that the system requirements have changed. The minimum space to install is now 128MB with 384MB of RAM for embedded and 400MB 256MB of RAM for a full install.

Full release notes:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/freenas/files/stable/0.7.2/NOTES%200.7.2.txt/view

Download:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/freenas/files/

Related links:
FreeNAS 0.7.2.5462 Sabanda Released!

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First Impressions of FreeNAS 0.8 Developer Preview

August 13th, 2010 1 comment

Warner Losh from iXsystems has kindly send me a disk image of the first FreeNAS 0.8 developer build. The guys at iXsystems have done a great job so far and the core of FreeNAS has been successfully ported to FreeBSD 8.1.

A basic web GUI is up and running and things are starting to take shape. I am working with Warner to try and get some screen shots for you.

If the current rate of progress continues there should be a more general preview build available in the next couple of weeks with the ability to configure the network, disks, filesystems, NFS and SAMBA from the web GUI.

Warner is hoping to do weekly snapshots and I will try and blog about the updates as then come.

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iXsystems’ FreeBSD 8.1-based FreeNAS snapshot

August 11th, 2010 2 comments

iXsystems has uploaded a snapshot of their new FreeBSD 8.1-based FreeNAS.

This snapshot is for developers only. It is not functionally complete yet, and there are likely many rough edges.

If you are interested in playing with it you will need to download the code and build it yourself. You can find the code in SVN and here is the accompanying README.

The new FreeNAS is based on nanoBSD and builds for 32 and  64 bit machines, but building a 32 bit image on a 64 bit installation is currently broken.

Related links:

FreeNAS: iXsystems’ FreeNAS snapshot

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FreeNAS 0.7.1 Released

February 19th, 2010 1 comment

There doesn’t seem to have been an actual official announcement about this, but it seems FreeNAS 0.7.1 has been released.

You can download it from SourceForge: http://sourceforge.net/projects/freenas/files/

FreeNAS 0.7.1 (Shere):

Majors changes:

  • Upgrade e2fsprogs to 1.41.9.
  • Upgrade istgt to version 20100125.
  • Upgrade msmtp to 1.4.19.
  • Upgrade transmission to 1.76.
  • Upgrade PHP to 5.2.12 (Thanks to Xin LI).
  • Upgrade fuppes to 0.660.
  • Upgrade rsync to 3.0.7.
  • Upgrade inadyn-mt to 02.18.08.
  • Upgrade netatalk to 2.0.5.
  • Upgrade bash to 4.0.35.
  • Upgrade lighttpd to 1.4.25.
  • Upgrade proftpd to 1.3.2c.

Minors changes:

  • Modify Samba default buffer size.
  • Modify Tuning values.
  • Add new MIB in System|Advanced|sysctl.conf.
  • Add UTF-8 with English menu in File Manager (quixplorer).
  • Restrict NFS sharing directory with alldirs.
  • Add serial console support.

Bug fixes:

  • Fix bug in istgt script.
  • Fix Samba ‘Unknown socket option IPTOS_LOWDELAY’ messages. Thanks to Daisuke Aoyama. (BR 2894782|2858262).
  • Fix mt-daapd/firefly error ‘Undefined symbol "avcodec_decode_audio"’ (BR 2895960).
  • Fix bug in iSCSI initiator script (BR 2916334). Thanks to Daisuke Aoyama.
  • Set home dir for Quixplorer users. Thanks to Daisuke Aoyama.
  • Remove useless character in email (BR 2928068).
  • Every reboot increases the number of ‘proc’ entries in fstab on ‘full’ installations (BR 2929029).
  • Fix message in console menu ‘Reset WebGUI password’ (BR 2929338).
  • Fix initial resolv issue.
  • Fix full install upgrade error.
  • Fix nsswitch error when ldap is enabled (BR 2936505).
  • Fix transmission umask does not work (BR 2945242).
  • Fix WebGUI allows usernames longer than 16 characters (BR 2934168).
  • Fix cannot check WebGUI default port.
  • Fix fail to apply if webserver authentication is enabled and documentroot is missing.

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.
  • It is not possible to mount EXT2 disks with an inode size of 256 bytes. You have to format it with 128 bytes on Linux to use them on FreeBSD.

Known bugs:

  • If DHCP for IPv4 is used, the IPv6 statically configured DNS server will be overriden by the IPv4 DNS server.
  • 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.
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