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FreeNAS 8.0.1-BETA4 Released

July 14th, 2011

iXsystems are preparing to release FreeNAS 8.0.1 and have released the planned final beta. Beta 4 addresses several fairly significant bugs in Beta 3, adds OS X 10.7 compatibility and ups the minimum installation device size to 2 GB.

Changes since 8.0.1-BETA3:

  • ACLs and UNIX file system permissions work properly on both UFS and ZFS volumes. Because the ACLs needed by windows and UNIX are mutually exclusive the GUI now prompts for which system you will be using and sets permissions appropriately.
  • Changes to link aggregations which resulted in a regression in functionality have been reverted.  There was a workaround to the issue in BETA3.  A migration has been added to the system to clear the workaround.  If you are upgrading from something other than BETA3 you don’t need to do anything.  If you are upgrading from BETA3, and BETA3 broke your link aggregations BETA4 will fix things.  If BETA3 broke your link aggregations and you applied a workaround the migration should revert the workaround and things will work properly.  If upgrading to BETA4 causes link aggregations to stop working the best solution is to delete and recreate them.
  • BETA3 completed the change from hard wiring device names in the database to using identifiers.  iSCSI device extents were not changed properly.  This BETA addresses that issue.
  • A method was accidentally deleted from the middleware that prevented smartd from running.  This has been resolved.
  • ZFS snapshots are now exported to CIFS shares and are visible in windows as shadow copies.  How you access these varies between windows version.
  • Many improvements have been made to replication that increase it’s speed and robustness.
  • The CD upgrade now preserves all of /data instead of select files.
  • Fix a bug in the graph generation script which would allow the graphs of deleted volumes to persist.
  • Fix a bug in UFS volume creation, where newly created UFS volumes would only show after a reboot.
  • Add tmux to the system.  Just like GNU screen in functionality only BSD licensed and actively maintained.
  • Add dmidecode to the system.  This can provide very useful hardware diagnostic information.
  • Updated the version of Intel NIC drivers to handle Intel’s latest round of hardware.
  • Add support for Marvell MX2 SATA controllers, sold with some WD 3TB drives.
  • Make netatalk (AFP) compatible with OS X 10.7

You can get FreeNAS 8.0.1-BETA4 here: https://sourceforge.net/projects/freenas/files/FreeNAS-8.0.1/

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