iXsystems continues to advance open source storage with FreeNAS 9.2.0

Latest update includes many user-requested features and improvements, as well as a REST API for remote administration of FreeNAS.

freenas-ixsystems-new-logoiXsystems has announced the release of FreeNAS 9.2.0. This update incorporates all the improvements made in FreeBSD 9.2, as well as a vast collection of minor and major tweaks throughout the FreeNAS web user interface. This release is made possible through the efforts of an active and engaged FreeNAS community. Nearly every sub-system, including sharing services, plugin jails, storage management and user accounts, has been improved with community-submitted feedback in the form of bug reports, feature requests, forum discussions, and user-submitted patches.

The biggest new addition in FreeNAS 9.2.0 is a REST API, allowing FreeNAS to be controlled remotely and programmatically. This allows for the creation of third-party applications, potentially on mobile devices, that provide alternative interfaces to FreeNAS. The REST API can also be used to manage multiple FreeNAS appliances simultaneously, using custom scripting or applications which configure FreeNAS automatically for specialized roles.

Almost every existing FreeNAS feature has been improved as well. ZFS performance has been increased through the use of the kernel UMA allocator by default. Encryption performance on AES-NI capable hardware is now nearly indistinguishable from non-encrypted performance, thanks to improvements to the FreeBSD GELI subsystem being incorporated into FreeNAS. Netatalk was updated to version 3.1.0, bringing a number of improvements and somewhat simplifying the interface for the AFP service. The Active Directory and CIFS services were also simplified and now have defaults that make it easier to configure both services correctly.

Along with the core services, the FreeNAS plugin system continues to improve. There is now a jail template system which allows users to create templates based on existing jails and quickly deploy additional jails based on those templates. A number of new default jail templates are also available, including jails for a number of popular Linux distributions such as Debian 7.1.0 and Ubuntu 13.04. FreeNAS 9.2.0 also adds a shell button for jails, allowing quick and easy access to the command line interface for individual jails.

Several new plugins have also been made available in FreeNAS since 9.1.0 was released, including updated versions of SABnzbd and SickBeard and a brand-new BTSync plugin, all submitted by community members. For those who want to get the absolute most out of FreeNAS, this is the most flexible and customizable release yet.

About FreeNAS®
FreeNAS is a free and open source Network Attached Storage operating system based on FreeBSD®. The goal of the project is to design a lightweight, BSD-based software package that acts as a full featured NAS server, complete with a Django-based web user interface, full ZFS implementation, and the ability to interface with existing networks – regardless of operating system or protocol. FreeNAS also includes the first Free and Open Source ZFS encryption offering in the world. (via)

FreeNAS 9.2.0-RC2 now available

freenas-ixsystems-new-logoThe FreeNAS team at iXsystems has taken the for-them-unusual step of rolling and releasing Release Candidate 2, FreeNAS 9.2.0-RC2, due to the significant number of changes that had to be made in fixing a number of bugs.

Barring any more significant bugs being found, this will be the last Release Candidate before going to 9.2.0-RELEASE

Read the release announcement and test if you have the time. If you find any bugs, please file a bug report.

pfSense Hangout – new features and changes in pfSense (2.1, 2.2)

Last Friday, Chris Buechler did a live Google Hangout , which can now be watched on Youtube, on pfSense, a free, powerful, open source firewall and security solution.

The first part is a presentation, going over the new features and changes in the 2.1 release, and what is currently being worked on for the coming 2.2 release. After that there is a tutorial on troubleshooting port forwarding.

There was a problem with starting the hangout, so you best jump to 00:05:00.

 

BSD Now Episode 15: Kickin’ NAS (video)

bsd_now_logoA new BSD Now TV episode (Kickin’ NAS – Episode 15) has been uploaded, featuring an interview with Josh Paetzel, IT director at iXsystems.

Other topics discussed are:

  • More faces of FreeBSD
  • We cannot trust Intel and Via’s chip-based crypto
  • OpenSMTPD 5.4.1 released
  • More getting to know your portmgr
  • Interview with Josh Paetzel
  • FreeNAS tutorial
  • Introducing configinit
  • OpenSSH support for Ed25519 and bcrypt keys
  • The FreeBSD challenge
  • PCBSD weekly digest
  • Feedback/Questions

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FreeNAS 9.2.0-RC is now available

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The FreeNAS team has announced FreeNAS 9.2.0-RC for testing purposes. As the name implies, this is the next-to-final image of 9.2.0. If nothing significantly wrong is discovered with this image, it will become the official release!

“We did go through a bit of a rough patch after 9.2.0-BETA went out as we we reorganized a few things and took on some last-minute performance improvements we felt to be worth the risk, but we feel this is all ironed out now. Please please test this release as extensively as you can so that any remaining issues can be worked out before 9.2.0-RELEASE is rolled (hopefully in just 2 weeks, depending on how this testing goes). This is literally our last chance to find and fix anything serious before 9.2.0 goes “production status” for the general public!”

FreeNAS 9.2.0-RC announcement

AsiaBSDCon 2013 FreeBSD videos

Sato-san (bsdconferences) has created a playlist of 15 videos from AsiaBSDCon 2013.

Some of the FreeBSD related videos are:

John Hixson: FreeNAS Plugins everything you ever wanted to know

 

Kris Moore: Automating the deployment of FreeBSD & PC BSD systems

 

Michael Dexter: Hands on bhyve, the BSD Hypervisor

 

Takuya ASADA: Implements BIOS emulation support for BHyVe: A BSD Hypervisor

 

Davide Italiano: Calloutng: a new infrastructure for timer facilities in the FreeBSD kernel

 

Ghosts in the machine: GhostBSD 3.5

ghostbsd_logoJesse Smith has reviewed GhostBSD 3.5 in a feature story on Distrowatch and he likes what he has seen and used so far.

I was fairly happy with my experience with GhostBSD this week. In the past I have enjoyed GhostBSD because of the project’s ability to showcase what a FreeBSD-based operating system looks like running on a live disc with a functional desktop environment. There are not a lot of live discs available in the BSD communities and I was happy to see GhostBSD take on the challenge.

An interesting comment in the article (please don’t start a flamewar here ;-) is, that the more exciting developments these days seem to be happening in the BSD world. Think of ZFS, PKG-NG, Jails etc:

The second reason for my shift in focus is I feel the BSD communities, especially the FreeBSD-based projects, are where the interesting developments are happening these days. Over in FreeBSD land we have efficient PBI bundles, a mature advanced file system in the form of ZFS, new friendly and powerful system installers, a new package manager (PKG-NG), a powerful jail manager and there will soon be new virtualization technology coming with the release of FreeBSD 10.0. Meanwhile, over in the Linux camp, I feel as though things have reached a plateau. We are seeing small improvements and an increase in polish.