Archive for March, 2011

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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Packt Publishing, the publishers of Learning FreeNAS, have donated over $300,000 to open source projects

March 3rd, 2011 1 comment

Packt Publishing, the publishers of paper and electronic books, includingLearning FreeNAS, has announced that it has made donations now totalling over $300,000 to open source projects. Since starting to make such donations in 2004, the company has helped support over 70 different open source projects.

via Packt Publishing’s open source donations top $300,000


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FreeNAS 8.0 RC 2 Screenshots

March 2nd, 2011 4 comments

Here are some screenshots for the recently released FreeNAS 8.0 RC 2:


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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:

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.

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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