FreeBSD 9.3-BETA3 now available

freebsd-logo-largeThe third and last build of the FreeNAS 9.3-BETA cycle has just been released.

The third BETA build of the 9.3-RELEASE release cycle is now available
on the FTP servers for the amd64, i386, ia64, powerpc, powerpc64 and
sparc64 architectures.

This is expected to be the final -BETA build of the 9.3-RELEASE cycle.

ISO images and, for architectures that support it, the memory stick images are available here:

ftp://ftp.freebsd.org/pub/FreeBSD/releases/ISO-IMAGES/9.3/

Changes between 9.3-BETA2 and 9.3-BETA3 include:

  • A new ttys(5) flag, onifconsole, has been added, which activates
    ttyu0 if the device is an active kernel console.
  • The NFSv4 server now allows creating a hard link to a symbolic
    link, as was allowed in NFSv3.
  • OpenSSL has been updated to 0.9.8za.
  • A deadlock caused by incorrect reference counts has been fixed in
    the usb(4) driver.
  • The arc4random(3) library has been updated to match that in
    FreeBSD-CURRENT.
  • The amount of data collected by hwpmc(4) has been increased to
    work with modern processors and available RAM.
  • A new pmcstat(8) flag, ‘-l’, has been added, which ends event
    collection after the specified number of seconds.

For the full release notes, head on over to the following link: http://lists.freebsd.org/pipermail/freebsd-stable/2014-June/078959.html

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&

Bhyve: virtualization on FreeBSD

bhyveThis short tutorial will show you how to get Bhyve, or BSD Hypervisor, configured and running on FreeBSD 10.

Bhyve(BSD Hypervisor) is an Open hypervisor developed on FreeBSD with features like EPT and Virtio. It is built in to FreeBSD from Version 10.0

Minimum Hardware required for bhyve are

  1. VT enabled Processor -Intel only (AMD is not supported as of 9/6/2014)
  2. 4GB RAM (Recommended)
  3. 7200 RPM HDD or higher

Check out the full blog post with instructions here: http://fosskb.wordpress.com/2014/06/09/bhyve-virtualiztion-on-freebsd/

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

FreeBSD disk partitioning

Michael W Lucas is back again with this blog about FreeBSD disk partitioning.

The FreeBSD kernel understands several different disk partitioning schemes, including the traditional x86 MBR (slices), the current GPT, BSD disklabels, as well as schemes from Apple, Microsoft, NEC (PC98), and Sun. The gpart(8) tool is intended as a generic interface that lets you manage disk partitioning in all of these schemes, and abstract away all of the innards in favor of saying “Use X partitioning system on this disk, and put these partitions on it.” It’s a great goal.

FreeBSD storage, and computing storage in general, is in a transitory state today. The older tools, fdisk and bsdlabel, aren’t exactly deprecated but they are not encouraged. x86 hardware is moving towards GPT, but there’s an awful lot of MBR-only gear deployed. Disks themselves are moving from the long-standing 512B sector size to 4KB, eight times larger.

You can find the actual command line instructions here: http://www.wonkity.com/~wblock/docs/html/disksetup.html

Check out the full blog post here: http://blather.michaelwlucas.com/archives/2096

FreeBSD 9.3-BETA1 now available

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The first build of FreeBSD 9.3-BETA has been made available on FreeBSD’s ftp servers for the following architectures: amd64, i386, ia64, powerpc, powerpc64 and sparc64.

You can find the downloads here: http://ftp.freebsd.org/pub/FreeBSD/releases/ISO-IMAGES/9.3/

To read the full post head on over to the following link: http://lists.freebsd.org/pipermail/freebsd-stable/2014-June/078827.html

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/