The FreeNAS development team has announced the availability of FreeNAS 8.3.0-BETA1. This is the first public release of the 8.3.0 branch of FreeNAS, which upgrades the underlying base system of FreeNAS to FreeBSD 8.3-RELEASE-p7. This update brings with it version 28 of the ZFS filesystem, as well as a number of updates to the drivers and utilities in the base system.
FreeNAS 8.2.0 brought with it the ability to install plugins, this functionality is present in FreeNAS 8.3.0 as well. At the moment upgrading the plugin jail to the version included with FreeNAS 8.3.0-BETA1 will cause plugins to stop working and will require re-installation and reconfiguration of all plugins to resume normal operation. It is recommended to avoid upgrading working components of the plugin system.
ZFS v28 includes several features such as the ability to detach a dedicated ZIL device, triple parity RAIDZ, and deduplication. There are numerous caveats to using deduplication, please do some research into the possible caveats of using dedup before enabling it.
Take Note, upgrading an existing ZFS pool is a one way street, once the upgrade is done it is not possible to use older versions of FreeNAS, nor is it possible to downgrade your pool. This upgrade can be done by running zpool upgrade from the CLI, it is not done automatically via the upgrader, nor is there a way to do the upgrade from the GUI.
FreeNAS 8.3.0-BETA1 can be downloaded from this location this location.
FreeNAS is shaping up to become one of the best, free NAS operating systems
Ragable shows step by step how to setup and enable plugins on FreeNAS 8.2 beta 4
This new release is the first 8.x branch release support plugins or extensions. These were available in the 0.7.x brach, prior to the project was taken over by iXsystems, but were temporarily left out of FreeNAS 8.0 so the developers could focus on making the new base (based on FreeBSD 8) sound and solid before adding advanced features.
Plugins and other extensions are now available as optional PBI (Push Button Installer) packages that run in a FreeBSD jail. This means that plugins are running separate from the FreeNAS and sandboxed for security, but can be controlled via the FreeNAS web-based user interface. If you have used PC-BSD, you will realise the potential and the usability of these PBIs. Plugins are currently available for Roku and iTunes (Firefly) streaming, and DLNA (MiniDLNA), as well as BitTorrent (Transmission).
The FreeNAS development team is pleased to announce the immediate availability of FreeNAS 8.2.0-RELEASE.
FreeNAS 8.2.0-RELEASE is the first release on new branch of code that incorporates tighter integration between the ZFS command line and the FreeNAS GUI. This release also features the ability to run arbitrary services and interact with them through the FreeNAS GUI in a FreeBSD jail. This jail allows a wide range of third party software to be run on top of FreeNAS, using the PBI format from PC-BSD or FreeBSD packages or ports, as well as official FreeNAS plugins.
Apart from PBI plugin support there are many other new features:
- Support for iSCSI target reload.
- GUI support for SAS and FC multipath hardware.
- Webshell accessible from the FreeNAS web interface.
- ZFS scrubs are configurable from the GUI.
- A newer web toolkit is used in the GUI, enabling use of mobile browsers.
- An autotuning script tunes ZFS for the hardware it’s running on.
iXsystems’ TrueNAS Unified Storage Appliances will continue to leverage Fusion ioMemory technology for powerful, high-performance storage solutions.
From the press release: iXsystems Renews Collaboration Agreement with Fusion-io
HOWTO 1: FreeBSD ZFS Madness
Some time ago I found a good, reliable way of using and installing FreeBSD and described it in my Modern FreeBSD Install HOWTO. Now, more then a year later I come back with my experiences about that setup and a proposal of newer and probably better way of doing it: HOWTO: FreeBSD ZFS Madness.
HOWTO 2: FreeNAS 8.0.3-p1 RELEASE MultiMedia with Serviio 0.6.1 pre-installed
As promised here is a build of FreeNAS 8.0.3 Release-p1 with the latest release of Serviio 0.6.1 integrated. This means NO JAIL IS NEEDED. You will still need to configure some settings from the command line: FreeNAS 8.0.3-p1 RELEASE MultiMedia with Serviio 0.6.1 pre-installed.
Jared Barneck has recently added 3 very easy to follow, step-by-step tutorials:
- How to install FreeBSD 9?
- How to build and install a custom kernel on FreeBSD?
- Installing VMWare Tools on FreeBSD 9
- Building a FreeBSD kernel for debugging
Changes since 8.0.4-RELEASE-p1:
Samba has been upgraded to 3.6.5 to address CVE-2012-2011 which is a critical vulnerability. All FreeNAS users who are using CIFS are urged to upgrade.
All installation and upgrade images can be downloaded from here.