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FreeNAS 8.2.0 released then withdrawn and then released again!

July 21st, 2012 Comments off

The FreeNAS development team has announced the availability of FreeNAS 8.2.0 (known as FreeNAS 8.2.0-RELEASE).

FreeNAS 8.2 is the first release on new branch of code that incorporates tighter integration between the ZFS command line and the FreeNAS GUI.  This release also features the ability to run arbitrary services and interact with them through the FreeNAS GUI packages or ports, as well as official FreeNAS plugins.

Additional features include:

  • Support for iSCSI target reload.
  • GUI support for SAS and FC multipath hardware.
  • Webshell accessible from the FreeNAS web interface.
  • ZFS scrubs are configurable from the GUI.
  • A newer web toolkit is used in the GUI, enabling use of mobile browsers.
  • An autotuning script tunes ZFS for the hardware it’s running on.

However after the initial release critical bug was discovered so the software was removed from sourceforge. In its place FreeNAS 8.2.0-RELEASE-p1 was uploaded.

However it turns out that has a very small issue exists in the p1 kit as well. According to the release announcement:

So, if you haven't upgraded to 8.2.0-RELEASE you're fine, just do a normal upgrade to 8.2.0-RELEASE-p1.

If you have upgraded to 8.2.0-RELEASE then you've probably noticed a very annoying bug, it doesn't import ZFS pools at boot time.

What you'll want to do is detach your ZFS volume from the GUI. There are two checkboxes, one for delete shares, one for mark disks as new. Make sure these are both unchecked.

After the volume is detached run the auto-importer and reimport your pool. From there go to system -> settings -> advanced and do a firmware upgrade to 8.2.0-RELEASE-p1. This will fail due to the version check, open the webshell and type in the following commands:

# cd /var/tmp/firmware
# cat firmware.img | sh /root/update && touch /data/need-update && reboot

When the system comes back up confirm it is running FreeNAS 8.2.0-RELEASE-p1

Getting FreeNAS

For 64 bit capable hardware
The FreeNAS images are at:

https://sourceforge.net/projects/freenas/files/FreeNAS-8.2.0/RELEASE/x64/

The plugins and plugin jail are available at:

https://sourceforge.net/projects/freenas/files/FreeNAS-8.2.0/RELEASE/x64/plugins

For 32 bit hardware
The FreeNAS images are at:

https://sourceforge.net/projects/freenas/files/FreeNAS-8.2.0/RELEASE/x86/

The plugins and plugin jail are available at:

https://sourceforge.net/projects/freenas/files/FreeNAS-8.2.0/RELEASE/x86/plugins

Documentation
http://doc.freenas.org has been updated with the finished 8.2.0 documentation. A PDF/HTML version will be available Tuesday July 24th.

Release Notes
http://sourceforge.net/projects/freenas/files/FreeNAS-8.2.0/RELEASE/README/download

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