Flash Memory Summit 2014 – FreeNAS

FreeNAS_logo_lightDuring the Flash Memory Summit, Chris (Tweaktown) spoke to Matt and Josh (iXsystems) about the future of the FreeNAS project. In addition, they discuss TrueNAS, an enterprise version of FreeNAS.

We sat down with Josh and Matt from iXsystems while at the show. Matt and Josh unloaded a lot of information about FreeNAS and where the project is headed. It sounds like the big push for the second half of this year revolves around making the product more user friendly. A new wizard system should tame the complicated but powerful storage specific operating system.

The FreeNAS developers also also pitched us TrueNAS, not that it was difficult to make us listen. iXsystems will soon offer TrueNAS in an all flash array, something we’re excited about. The current builds of TrueNAS use hybrid storage pools with flash acceleration.

Read more at http://www.tweaktown.com/news/39699/flash-memory-summit-2014-ixsystems-talks-about-the-future-of-freenas/index.html

FreeNAS 9.2.1.7 is released

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The developers of FreeNAS have released version 9.2.1.7.

Well, we said 9.2.1.6 would be the last in the 9.2.1.x series, but CVE-2014-3560 (a possible remote Samba exploit) forced us to change those plans. Come and get it from here, as usual!

While we were at it, we also added a few small performance improvements and brought over a small feature from 9.3, namely the ability to do replication on a direct link without encryption, potentially speeding up replication anywhere from 3-4X (especially over 10GbE). This is generally most useful when doing initial replication to a backup box, while they are co-located together, after which normal encryption can be used in sending the deltas.

Appended are the release notes for 9.2.1.7. We encourage all existing 9.2.1.x users to upgrade. Thanks!

Download the ISO/image file here: http://download.freenas.org/9.2.1.7/RELEASE/

Check out the official announcement with the list of changes here: http://forums.freenas.org/index.php?threads/freenas-9-2-1-7-is-now-available.22601/

FreeNAS 9.2.1.6-RELEASE is now available

FreeNAS_logo_lightThe developers of FreeNAS have just made available the official 9.2.1.6-RELEASE.

All bugs fixed in FreeNAS 9.2.1.6-RELEASE can be found here: https://bugs.freenas.org/projects/freenas/issues?query_id=78

The major items of interest are mentioned in the ReleaseNotes here: http://download.freenas.org/9.2.1.6/RELEASE/ReleaseNotes

These items include:

  • Samba is updated to 4.1.9
  • Netatalk is updated to 3.1.2
  • Several fixes related to the System Dataset
  • A new VirtualBox jail template
  • Several fixes related to ZFS replication
  • A new mpr driver, officially sanctioned by LSI, for the LSI 12 Gbps SAS HBA
  • An experimental in-kernel iSCSI target
  • A .usb file which can be imaged to a USB key. This can be used for installing FreeNAS from a USB key.
  • various iSCSI fixes
  • scponly shell has been fixed
  • SMB2 protocol is the default for CIFS shares
  • VirtualBox template updated to 4.3.12
  • Security fixes in file(1) and libmagic(3), and gss_pseudo_random interoperability issue. CVE-2013-7345, CVE-2014-1943, CVE-2014-2270, [EN-14:08]

The following bugs were fixed since 9.2.1.6-RC2:

  • performance improvements of ZFS ZVOLS when used over ISCSI with VMWare ESX
  • UI fixes for jails
  • other fixes

Download the ISO / image from here: http://download.freenas.org/9.2.1.6/RELEASE/ReleaseNotes

Check out the official announcement here: http://forums.freenas.org/index.php?threads/freenas-9-2-1-6-release-is-now-available.21958/

FreeNAS 9.2.1.6 RC2 is now available

FreeNAS_logo_lightThe developers of FreeNAS have made available the second release candidate for version 9.2.1.6.

All bugs fixed in FreeNAS 9.2.1.6-RC can be found here.

The major items of interest are mentioned in the ReleaseNotes here.
These items include:

  • Samba is updated to 4.1.9
  • Netatalk is updated to 3.1.2
  • Several fixes related to the System Dataset
  • A new VirtualBox jail template
  • Several fixes related to ZFS replication
  • A new mpr driver, officially sanctioned by LSI, for the LSI 12 Gbps SAS HBA
  • An experimental in-kernel iSCSI target
  • A .usb file which can be imaged to a USB key. This can be used for installing FreeNAS from a USB key.
  • various iSCSI fixes
  • scponly shell has been fixed
  • SMB2 protocol is the default for CIFS shares
  • VirtualBox template updated to 4.3.12

Since the last 9.2.1.6-RC, additional items have been fixed including:

  • Samba updated from 4.1.8 to 4.1.9
  • Security fixes in file(1) and libmagic(3), and gss_pseudo_random interoperability issue. CVE-2013-7345, CVE-2014-1943, CVE-2014-2270, [EN-14:08]
  • other fixes

Please provide feedback on this RC. If no major problems are found, we will release 9.2.1.6-RELEASE in approximately 14 days.

To download the ISO/image files, head over to the following: http://download.freenas.org/9.2.1.6/RC2/

The official announcement post is here: http://forums.freenas.org/index.php?threads/freenas-9-2-1-6-rc2-is-now-available.21849/

FreeNAS 9.2.1.6-BETA now available

FreeNAS_logo_lightThe FreeNAS developers have just released FreeNAS 9.2.1.6-BETA. FreeNAS 9.2.1.6-BETA is available here. The following lists the changes made:

  • Samba is updated to 4.1.8
  • Netatalk is updated to 3.1.2
  • Several fixes related to the System Dataset
  • A new VirtualBox jail template
  • Several fixes related to ZFS replication
  • A new mpr driver, officially sanctioned by LSI, for the LSI 12 Gbps SAS HBA
  • An experimental in-kernel iSCSI target
  • A .usb file which can be imaged to a USB key. This can be used for installing FreeNAS from a USB key.

All bugs fixed in FreeNAS 9.2.1.6-BETA can be found here.

Check out the full release notes here and the official announcement here.