FreeNAS Tutorials

Rob Lagesse has created two easy FreeNAS tutorials. These howto’s are aimed at Windows users wanting to set up a NAS server but having no or little experience with alternative operating systems. All step-by-step with many screenshots.

If you’re an advanced FreeNAS/FreeBSD user you may find these two post interesting: FreeNAS & online snapshot backups, with a script how to backup your data to an online hoster, e.g. Bluehost, or this post: Diy NAS + Xbox 360 = R0X.

FreeNAS 0.686 (stable) released

FreeNASAfter more than 1 year FreeNAS 0.686 (a FreeBSD-based operating system which provides free Network-Attached Storage (NAS) services) has been released. A lot of hard work has been put into it, bugs have been fixed and new features have been implemented.

Volker, the project leader wants to thank those who have helped out on the forums, the translators, the webmaster and those who have contributed code to improve FreeNAS.

For the future multiple branches have to be mananged, a 0.686x to fix bugs in stable (no new features) and a 0.7 to upgrade FreeBSD to 7.0 + new features.

Majors changes:

  • Refactor port makefiles.
  • Upgrade netbsd-iscsi (iscsi-target) to 20071221, fusefs-ntfs to 1.1120.

Minors changes:

  • Disable firmware upgrade via WebGUI for ‘full’ installations. Use the ‘full’ upgrade mode from LiveCD instead.
  • Changed boot splashscreen and WebGUI logo images.
  • Try to fix AFP Time Machine problem.

Bug fixs:

  • Fix bug in ‘full’ upgrade/install routine (LiveCD).
  • Do not delete log files during boot process on ‘full’ installations.

Permanent restrictions:

  • It is not possible to format a SoftRAID disk with MSDOS FAT16/32.
  • It is not possible to encrypt a disk partition, only complete disks are supported.

Download here & or read the announcement.

FreeNAS 0686c (BETA3) released

Volker Theile has announced the third and final beta release of FreeNAS 0.686, a FreeBSD-based operating system which provides free Network-Attached Storage (NAS) services.

This will hopefully the last beta to become stable.

Majors changes

  • Add file system check support during boot process.
  • Add attribute ‘Store DOS attributes’ to Samba/CIFS WebGUI. It will be enabled by default. Thanks to pascal666.
  • Modify idmap syntax in smb.conf. Thanks to Zythan.
  • Upgrade Adaptec AACRAID driver to v5.2.0 Build 15317.
  • Upgrade WOL patch to version from 25.11.2007.
  • Add AFP share support. Thanks to Gerard Hickey.
  • Upgrade netbsd-iscsi (iscsi-target) to 20071130.
  • Upgrade PHPMailer to 2.0.0.
  • Modify rsync client/local WebGUI to define individual source/destination paths.
  • Modify rsync server WebGUI and rc-script. Now it is possible to manage rsync shares.
  • Modify rc scripts. Mount points and GEli providers will be detached correctly during shutdown process.

Minors changes

  • Add command ‘/usr/bin/nice’.
  • Send hostname only on DHCP request.
  • Update translation files.
  • Add misc patches to Samba 3.0.26a.
  • Modify iscsi-target WebGUI.
  • Add ‘ro’ (read only) flag for iscsi targets.
  • Add ‘compression’ checkbox to enable/disable it for SSH.
  • Add ushare mime patch to fix avi playback on X360. Also add video support for avc and hdmov and audio support for 3gp and flac.

And some bugfixes.

The lasted BETA can be downloaded from SourceForge.

FreeNAS 0.686b2 released

Over the weekend FreeNAS 0.686b2 was released. Download link

Majors changes:

  • Set correct sysid when formating disks with FAT32(0x0b) and EXT2(0×83).
  • Enable user to set volume label when formating disk using EXT2.
  • Refactor complete disk/RAID initialization/management/encryption PHP code && WebGUI.
  • Refactor API for better maintenance and feature enhancement.
  • Upgrade PHPMailer to 2.0.0 rc1.
  • Upgrade PHP to 5.2.5.
  • Upgrade netbsd-iscsi (iscsi-target) to 20071025.
  • Add GNU General Public License (GPL), GNU Lesser General Public License (LGPL), Apple Public Source License and PHP License text (located in usr/local/www).

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FreeNAS 0.686b1 Released

FreeNASToday the release of FreeNAS 0.686b1 has been anounced via the mailinglist. Version o.685RC2 has been skipped because all its improvements and fixes are also included in 0.686b1.

Download here

Majors changes:

  • Upgrade fusefs-ntfs to 1.1004.
  • Upgrade lighttpd to 1.4.18.
  • Upgrade netbsd-iscsi (iscsi-target) to 20070925.
  • Refactor GEOM-Eli implementation + WebGUI. Now it is possible to add existing encrypted disks and change passwords for a encrypted disk.
  • Improve device detection for configuration storage when booting from LiveCD.
  • Update zoneinfo files.
  • Add ‘System/Packages’ WebGUI page to administrate packages (only available in ‘full’ install mode).
  • Add LDAP Authentication.
  • Add email status report.
  • Add ‘Status/Report’ WebGUI page to administrate email status report.
  • Upgrade iSCSI Target to version 20070925.
  • Update ‘iSCSI Target’ WebGUI + services. Now it is possible to expand existing targets and define RAID0 and RAID1 devices. It is also possible to use disk devices as extents.
  • Refactor complete user/group management (code, services & WebGUI).
  • Add scheduled reboot feature.
  • Add ‘System/Advanced/Cron’ WebGUI to administrate additional cron jobs.

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Low-Cost Storage Tools

The Processor website has published (19/10/2007) an article “Low-Cost Storage Tools – Open-Source Projects Provide Increasing Choices” that gives a short description of the following open source storage tools:

Demands for storage continue to increase, even as the technological complexities of running a data center multiply, leaving IT departments and data center managers in businesses of all sizes looking for assistance in improving efficiencies and reducing management headaches. A growing number of mostly open-source-based storage tools are available for free or for a minimal subscription fee that can help bridge that gap and provide businesses with storage alternatives.

FreeNAS

Designed around a FreeBSD base and backed by an active community, FreeNAS (www.freenas.org) is a mature open-source network-attached storage server. It includes a wide range of protocol support, including CIFS (Samba), FTP (File Transfer Protocol), NFS (Network File System), AFP (Apple Filing Protocol), S.M.A.R.T. (Self-Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology), local user authentication, and software RAID.

FreeNAS takes less than 32MB to install on CompactFlash, a hard drive, or a USB flash drive. Users can also run FreeNAS from a Live CD, which is an OS distribution executed upon boot without installation on a hard drive. A VMware disk image is also available. It has a full Web configuration interface, and users can download the software at SourceForge.net.

Whole article here