FreeNAS 9.2.1.6-BETA now available

FreeNAS_logo_lightThe FreeNAS developers have just released FreeNAS 9.2.1.6-BETA. FreeNAS 9.2.1.6-BETA is available here. The following lists the changes made:

  • Samba is updated to 4.1.8
  • Netatalk is updated to 3.1.2
  • Several fixes related to the System Dataset
  • A new VirtualBox jail template
  • Several fixes related to ZFS replication
  • A new mpr driver, officially sanctioned by LSI, for the LSI 12 Gbps SAS HBA
  • An experimental in-kernel iSCSI target
  • A .usb file which can be imaged to a USB key. This can be used for installing FreeNAS from a USB key.

All bugs fixed in FreeNAS 9.2.1.6-BETA can be found here.

Check out the full release notes here and the official announcement here.

Free Intro to FreeNAS Classes

iXsystems is offering FreeNAS training classes, free! From the FreeNAS newsletter:

You read that right — we’ll start offering a free, condensed version of the original “Intro to FreeNAS” classes soon. Linda Kateley will still cover the same topics as the full-length class including web UI, setup, volumes, and datasets but the sessions will be much shorter. For now, we’d like to give our newsletter subscribers exclusive early access. We’ll be running a free session on Monday, 6/16 at 1PM EST. Each class (including this one) will be limited to 45 attendees but we expect those spots to fill up fast, so be sure to sign up soon.

We’re making a couple of changes to fit the new format. The ability to give verbal feedback will be removed due to the increased number of participants but attendees will be able to ask questions via chat. We will also offer paid, advanced FreeNAS classes for more in-depth instruction about the following topics:

  • System Administration
  • FreeNAS Sharing
  • FreeNAS Systems Design and Architecture

A beta of the system administration class will also be available soon with priority access for people who attended the full-length intro classes.

Once again, the link to sign up is here: http://www.onlinemeetingnow.com/register/?id=iq3m1ajlzk&

FreeNAS State of the Union with Jordan Hubbard (June 2014)

Jordan Hubbard, co-founder of FreeBSD and head of FreeNAS engineering, updates us about the project’s current developments. Go ahead and click play below to learn about the upcoming 9.2.1.6 release, and what is to come in FreeNAS 9.3.

Check out the official FreeNAS channel for other related videos: https://www.youtube.com/user/FreeNASTeam

PC-BSD 10.0.2-PRERELEASE ISO available for testing

pcbsdThe developers of PC-BSD have just released 10.0.2-PRERELEASE ISO:

The next 10.0.2-PRERELEASE ISO is now available for testing and can be downloaded from
http://download.pcbsd.org/iso/10.0-RELEASE/testing/amd64/.

If you have a spare system or virtual machine, consider testing this image. If you find any bugs, report them at https://trac.pcbsd.org so we can take a look at fixing them before 10.0.2 is released later this month.

Check out the official post here: http://blog.pcbsd.org/2014/06/10-0-2-prerelease-iso-available-for-testing/

GhostBSD 4.0 BETA 1 now available

ghostbsd_1The developers of GhostBSD have just released 4.0 BETA 1. The following lists changes and issues present in the latest BETA:

Changes and problems fixed between 4.0-ALPHA3 and 4.0-BETA1 include:

  • Switch from cpio to rsync for copying file on the installation.
  • The kernel is now writable on the live DVD which solves graphic card kernel loading for Intel and ATI.
  • Updated FreeBSD 10.0-RELEASE to FreeBSD 10.0-RELEASE-p3.

Known issues:

  • Network with “Live Image” does not work in Virtualbox or VMware Workstation / Player – workaround is to install the OS.
  • GBI allow users to summit partition without root(/) partition.

Issues fixed that need testing:

  • Installer failed to copy files on virtual machine.
  • Xorg failed to load MATE.

For the official announcement and download link, head on over to the following: http://ghostbsd.org/4.0-beta1

Turn old PC hardware into a home server with FreeNAS

freenas primaryThis article by PCWorld walks you through a quick FreeNAS setup. For those who have some spare hardware lying around and need a file server, this might be for you.

PC lovers tend to collect a lot of hardware as the years roll by. Instead of leaving it to collect dust, why not repurpose it as a file-slinging server?

Several free and open-source operating systems run extremely well on a wide array of older hardware. One in particular, FreeNAS, is extremely stable, easy to set up, and laser-focused on storing and sharing files across your home network. All you need is a working system with a reliable hard drive (or three) and a little time to configure everything.

Check out the full article with graphics here: http://www.pcworld.com/article/2243748/turn-old-pc-hardware-into-a-killer-home-server-with-freenas.html

Expand FreeNAS with plugins

Plugins_100x95This article by Wazi explains the use of plugins in FreeNAS. The author walks us through various plugins and explains the process behind how they work.

FreeNAS is a powerful open source implementation of a network-attached storage (NAS) server – file-level computer data storage connected to your network. FreeNAS is easy to manage, and because it’s free it can serve files for small- to mid-sized companies without straining their software budgets or act as a media and storage server for a home network – a great way to make use of any aging Windows XP boxes lying around.

FreeNAS supports a powerful plugin architecture that lets you expand its default feature set to better meet your demands. You’ll find plugins for Firefly media server, CouchPotato movie server, and more. The plugins are in 32-bit or 64-bit PBI (push button installer) files on the FreeNAS project’s website. PBI provides a native FreeNAS graphical installation wrapper for software ported to FreeBSD, allowing you to automate installation.

Check out the full article here: http://www.openlogic.com/wazi/bid/345617/Expand-FreeNAS-with-plugins