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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 0.8 Beta Coming Soon – See Preview Screenshots

November 12th, 2010 1 comment

Warner Losh of iXsystems has been kind enough to let me know that the first Beta of FreeNAS 0.8 is imminent, he was also kind enough to give me a sneak peak of what is coming… So I have installed this pre-Beta and made some screenshots of what we can expect in the 0.8 Beta.

FreeNAS 0.8 pre-Beta Services PageFreeNAS 0.8 pre-Beta Sharing PageFreeNAS 0.8 pre-Beta Storage PageFreeNAS 0.8 pre-Beta System Page

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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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Setting up BitTorrent on FreeNAS

August 30th, 2010 Comments off

Too Smart Guys have uploaded a video and some instructions on how to setup BitTorrent on FreeNAS. Incluced is ‘enabling the BitTorrent client to use a blocklists and schedules’ and ‘how to update the block list’.

You can download the video here or watch it on their site at the link below.

Related links: FreeNAS – Setting up Bittorrent

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FreeNAS at the Best Open Source Software Awards 2010

August 28th, 2010 Comments off
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FreeNAS has been listed in the top ten at Best Open Source Software Awards (BOSSIE) 2010 in the networking tools category. Other winners are the Hyperic HQ and OpenNMS monitoring solutions, the Vyatta router Linux and Cacti, another monitoring application.

See FreeNAS listed here: http://www.infoworld.com/d/open-source/bossie-awards-2010-the-best-open-source-networking-software-153&current=5&last=10#slideshowTop

Related links: Best Open Source Software Awards 2010

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First FreeNAS 0.8 Screenshot

August 24th, 2010 Comments off

Yesterday iXsystems released another internal/experimental snapshot of FreeNAS 0.8. I was able to download the source and build this latest developer preview version and now I am able to post the first screenshot of the new FreeNAS 0.8 web user interface:

Obviously there is more work to be done, but iXsystems and the team there are working hard to get FreeNAS 0.8 finished.

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Using Clonezilla with FreeNAS to Backup a Hard Disk

August 19th, 2010 Comments off

The MyLinuxRamblings blog has posted another great FreeNAS related post, this time about using Clonezilla with FreeNAS.

Clonezilla is a free software disaster recovery and disk cloning application. Because it runs from a Live CD (ISO image obtainable from http://tinyurl.com/c2myn8) and will read most hard disk formats including NTFS, Clonezilla is OS agnostic. It can backup at partition level to another hard disk or to a USB hard disk. It can also clone to FreeNAS.

The tutorial covers booting the Clonezilla Live CD and using it to backup a hard disk to FreeNAS (via Windows Networking / Samba).

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MyLinuxRamblings FreeNAS Tutorial

August 19th, 2010 Comments off

There are a couple of new FreeNAS posts on the MyLinuxRamblings blog. The two posts cover Installation and Configuration of FreeNAS.

Part 1 covers:


  • Installing FreeNAS Server
  • Configuring the Network Interface
  • Logging in to you FreeNAS Server

Part 2 covers:


  • Configuring FreeNAS Server
  • Changing the Admin Password
  • Set-up the File Sharing Service (CIFS/ SMB)
  • Adding the Disk(s) to FreeNAS
  • Sharing the Disk
  • Accessing the Share over the Network

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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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