Flash Memory Summit 2014 – FreeNAS

FreeNAS_logo_lightDuring the Flash Memory Summit, Chris (Tweaktown) spoke to Matt and Josh (iXsystems) about the future of the FreeNAS project. In addition, they discuss TrueNAS, an enterprise version of FreeNAS.

We sat down with Josh and Matt from iXsystems while at the show. Matt and Josh unloaded a lot of information about FreeNAS and where the project is headed. It sounds like the big push for the second half of this year revolves around making the product more user friendly. A new wizard system should tame the complicated but powerful storage specific operating system.

The FreeNAS developers also also pitched us TrueNAS, not that it was difficult to make us listen. iXsystems will soon offer TrueNAS in an all flash array, something we’re excited about. The current builds of TrueNAS use hybrid storage pools with flash acceleration.

Read more at http://www.tweaktown.com/news/39699/flash-memory-summit-2014-ixsystems-talks-about-the-future-of-freenas/index.html

Simple ZFS Backup Script

This article by Daemon Security shows us how to create a simple ZFS backup script in FreeBSD.

ZFS is a powerful filesystem that helps to maintain integrity by avoiding data corruption. A useful feature of ZFS is its ability to clone filesystems. Creating snapshots allows for filesystems to be cloned and restored if anything happens to the original data. Going beyond this is the ability to maintain incremental changes between snapshots. There are a number of scripts available that setup a similar backup system, but the idea here is to maintain a current dataset, with the ability to restore from two previous backups.

The first step is to setup a backup system, or backup drive to use for the ZFS snapshots. In this setup, there is a separate remote FreeBSD system where the snapshots will be stored. This remote system has an encrypted ZFS filesystem (AES XTS with geli on boot), which provides a secure backup of the data. The root account on the local system is setup with an SSH key and this is deployed to the remote system:

Check out the official post for step-by-step instructions: http://www.daemon-security.com/2014/08/zfsbackup-0805.html

FreeNAS 9.2.1.7 is released

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The developers of FreeNAS have released version 9.2.1.7.

Well, we said 9.2.1.6 would be the last in the 9.2.1.x series, but CVE-2014-3560 (a possible remote Samba exploit) forced us to change those plans. Come and get it from here, as usual!

While we were at it, we also added a few small performance improvements and brought over a small feature from 9.3, namely the ability to do replication on a direct link without encryption, potentially speeding up replication anywhere from 3-4X (especially over 10GbE). This is generally most useful when doing initial replication to a backup box, while they are co-located together, after which normal encryption can be used in sending the deltas.

Appended are the release notes for 9.2.1.7. We encourage all existing 9.2.1.x users to upgrade. Thanks!

Download the ISO/image file here: http://download.freenas.org/9.2.1.7/RELEASE/

Check out the official announcement with the list of changes here: http://forums.freenas.org/index.php?threads/freenas-9-2-1-7-is-now-available.22601/

iXsystems Hosting MeetBSD California 2014, Western Digital San Jose

MEETBSD2014iXsystems will be hosting this year’s MeetBSD California, at Western Digital located in San Jose. This “unConference” will take place on November 1-2, 2014.

MeetBSD California is the premier BSD conference in the San Francisco Bay Area. Since its inception in 2008, MeetBSD California has been held every two years in Silicon Valley, bringing together BSD community members from all over the region and around the world.

Previous settings for MeetBSD California have included the Google and Yahoo! campuses and the Hacker Dojo in Mountain View. This year’s venue, the Western Digital campus in San Jose, will remind attendees that the hardware BSD runs on is just as important as the applications it can run.

Matt Rutledge, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Storage Technologies for WD, said “Open Source technology continues to be key to the future of scalable, maintainable computer systems, and groups like those that develop the BSD operating systems are a key part of that ecosystem. We’re thrilled to welcome the BSD community to WD for MeetBSD 2014, and look forward to the open, collaborative innovation they represent.”

Check out MeetBSD.com for more information on how to register.

Official announcement: http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/08/prweb12077427.htm

BAFUG July 2014

Bay Area FreeBSD User Group had two presentations during their July 2014 meeting. In the following videos, Craig Rodrigues discusses libvirt and bhyve integration, while Adrian Chadd talks about upcoming RSS enhancements to the FreeBSD network stack. Press play below to tune in:

EuroBSDCon 2014 Registrations Open

bsd2008logoRegistration has recently opened for EuroBSDCon 2014. Hurry now as the early-bird special ends on August 18, and late registration goes until September 12.

EuroBSDcon is the premier European conference on the open source BSD operating systems attracting about 250 highly skilled engineering professionals, software developers, computer science students and professors, and users from all over Europe and other parts of the world. The goal of EuroBSDcon is to exchange knowledge about the BSD operating systems, facilitate coordination and cooperation among users and developers.

Head on over to the following link to start the registration process: http://2014.eurobsdcon.org/registration/

 

Linux, FreeBSD servers infected to run like Windows bot

A malware with the code name “Mayhem” has recently been found infecting Linux and FreeBSD servers throughout the world.

Malware dubbed Mayhem is spreading through Linux and FreeBSD web servers, researchers say. The software nasty uses a grab bag of plugins to cause mischief, and infects systems that are not up to date with security patches.

Andrej Kovalev, Konstantin Ostrashkevich and Evgeny Sidorov, who work at Russian internet portal Yandex, discovered the malware targeting *nix servers. They traced transmissions from compromised computers to two command and control (C&C) servers. So far they have found 1,400 machines that have fallen to the code, with potentially thousands more to come.

“In the *nix world, autoupdate technologies aren’t widely used, especially in comparison with desktops and smartphones. The vast majority of web masters and system administrators have to update their software manually and test that their infrastructure works correctly,” the trio wrote in a technical report for Virus Bulletin.

“For ordinary websites, serious maintenance is quite expensive and often webmasters don’t have an opportunity to do it. This means it is easy for hackers to find vulnerable web servers and to use such servers in their botnets.”

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&