Beta release: FreeNAS 0.69 b4

The FreeNAS guys are doing a great job: another beta release in the .69 series. The forth beta upgrades the underlying FreeBSD system to 6.4.

Majors changes:

  • Upgrade to FreeBSD 6.4.
  • Upgrade rsync to 3.0.4.
  • Upgrade PHPMailer to 2.2.1.
  • Upgrade Transmission to 1.34.

Minors changes:

  • * Add new attribute ‘Temporary directory’ to UPnP WebGUI to define a directory used to store temporary transcoded files.
  • Modify /etc/rc.d/samba script.
  • Add ‘Who’ combobox to RSYNC client/local jobs to select user which is used to execute this job.
  • Add ‘Enable’ checkbox to RSYNC client/local jobs to enable/disable them (FR 2123243).
  • Add hw.ata.to=15 to sysctrl to prevent ‘TIMEOUT – WRITE_DMA’ errors, e.g. when using APM for harddrives (FR 2101811).

Then there are still the usual bug fixes, restrictions and known bugs.

The latest beta can be downloaded here.

beta release: FreeNAS 0.69b3

FreeNAS LogoVolker Theile has announced the third beta release of FreeNAS 0.69, a minimalist, FreeBSD-based operating system providing easy-to-setup Network-Attached Storage (NAS) services:

Today a new beta version of FreeNAS 0.69 has been released. As soon as FreeBSD 6.4 is released, expect the next and hopefully stable FreeNAS version.

Major changes:

  • add nullfs.ko and unionfs.ko kernel modules;
  • display warning message when user is going to delete software RAID or encrypted volume;
  • add ‘Recursive’, ‘Times’, ‘Compress’ and ‘Archive’ checkboxes to RSYNC client in local WebGUI;
  • add ‘Delete algorithm’ option in RSYNC client in local WebGUI;
  • add ‘Execute now’ button in RSYNC client in local WebGUI;
  • add NVIDIA nForce MCP on-board Ethernet support;
  • add audio and video transcoding support to fuppes;
  • increase mfs_root size to 74MB (32-bit) and 80MB (64-bit);
  • CTorrent BitTorrent client has been replaced by Transmission which includes a WebGUI….”

Release announcement 

ostatic.com interview with FreeNAS developers

ostatic.com recently interviewed Olivier Cochard-Labbe, FreeNAS founder, and Volker Theile, project administrator. FreeNAS is free, lightweight, open source network attached storage (NAS) server software, based on FreeBSD.

The following questions were asked:

  • Who is your typical user? How do you support your users?
  • How did you get involved in FreeNAS?
  • How have you monetized your project thus far?
  • How do you benefit from the particular license you’ve chosen?
  • What does the open source movement need?

Full interview here.

FreeNAS on Washington Post

FreeNAS, a FreeBSD based Network Attached Server (NAS), is mentioned on the Washington Post today:

Network-Attached Storage on the Cheap

Based on the FreeBSD operating system (a Unix derivative), FreeNAS is a server operating system that offers lots of features, a very small footprint, and a can’t-beat-it price (it’s free). Developed by an open-source community, it is constantly evolving (with even nightly builds).

FreeNAS is more complicated to install and use than Microsoft’s more feature-rich product, but people willing to navigate the sometimes confusing installation routine are rewarded with a robust network-attached storage device.

More…

How to resize ZFS in FreeNAS

One of the frequently asked questions regarding ZFS. Is it possible to resize a RAIDZ, RAIDZ2 or MIRRORED ZPOOL?

The answer is a littlebit complicated…
If you want to change the ‘geometry’ of the ZPOOL (for example: change from a mirrored pool to a raidz, or simply add a disk to a raidz, or change from raidz to raidz2) then the answer is no.

But it is possible to change the disks of a pool with bigger ones and use the space.

Read further…