FreeNAS 8.3.0-RC1 is available

The FreeNAS development team (www.freenas.org) has announced the availability of FreeNAS 8.3.0-RC1.

Images and plugins can be downloaded from FreeNAS SourceForge page:

This is the first and only release candidate planned for the final version of FreeNAS 8.3.0-RELEASE.

FreeNAS 8.3.0 is based on FreeBSD 8.3 with version 28 of the ZFS filesystem.

There have been no major changes between 8.3.0-BETA3 and RC1, mostly bugfixes and minor usability improvements to the GUI. See the release notes for a complete list: http://sourceforge.net/projects/freenas/files/FreeNAS-8.3.0/RC1/README/download

FreeNAS 8 Plugins

FreeNAS 8.2 and newer versions have support for plugins, i.e. extentions in the form of PC-BSD‘s PBIs (Push Button Install).

There’s some good plugin documentation available on the FreeNAS website explaining how to use the plugins, how to install the plugins jail, how to create, find, install, and configure PBIs, such as Firefly, miniDLNA and Transmission. If there’s no PBI available (yet), the page shows how you can create your own PBIs, and how to install non-PBI software using the FreeBSD ports and packages collections.

Plugin support is still a bit crude in FreeNAS 8.2, but it is looking a lot more polished in the upcoming FreeNAS 8.3.

FreeNAS 8 Plugins

FreeNAS 8.2.0 Plugins Part 1: Installing

FreeNAS 8.3.0 Plugins Part 2: Plugins Configuration

 

FreeNAS 8.3.0-BETA3 available

The FreeNAS team has announced the availability of FreeNAS 8.3.0-BETA3. This is the last planned public beta of 8.3.0 as it moves towards the final.

“This BETA includes a refactoring of the Active Directory and LDAP integration. It has a rework of serial port support, adding the ability to set the serial port speed. The NFS sharing was refactored in BETA2 with an eye towards maintaining compatability with sharing schemes set up in previous FreeNAS releases. The refactored sharing is more powerful and flexible than previous releases, while enforcing the OS based rules. Support for the LSI “skinny” RAID conrollers was added.”

Announcement | Download FreeNAS 8.3.0-BETA3 | FreeNAS website

FreeNAS 8.3.0-BETA1 is now available

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