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FreeNAS 9.2.0-RC Available

Written by Annie Zhang on .

Jordan has announced that FreeNAS-9.2.0 Release Candidate is available for download from http://iso.cdn.freenas.org/9.2.0/RC/

Release Notes for FreeNAS 9.2.0-RC

* Version 9.2-RELEASE of FreeBSD with performance improvements, bug fixes, and updated software packages.  For a complete list see
http://www.freebsd.org/releases/9.2R/relnotes.html

* The Kernel UMA allocator is now the default for ZFS.  This results in higher ZFS performance.

* Avahi (multicast DNS, aka Bonjour) registration of all services, include the web service, means you no longer need to have a head on the box to know its IP address, even for initial configuration.  freenas.local is the default (or freenas-n.local, where n is the # of freenas.local machines already on the local network).  This can be changed by changing the hostname.

* The built-in admin user account is no longer used and the Admin Account removed. The first time the FreeNAS graphical interface is accessed, a pop-up menu will prompt for the root password. Subsequent logins to the graphical interface will require this password.

* A complete REST API has been created for FreeNAS, allowing a FreeNAS instance to be controlled remotely.  See examples/api in the FreeNAS source repository (https://github.com/freenas/freenas/tree/master) for some examples of this in action.  Complete API docs are available in docs/api.

* The “Permit Sudo” field has been added to the add and edit screens for Users and Groups.  A column in View Groups and View Users now indicates whether or not “Permit Sudo” has been set.

* HTTP and HTTPS access to the FreeNAS graphical interface are no longer mutually exclusive. The fields “WebGUI HTTP Port” and “WebGUI HTTPS Port” have been added to System  Settings -> General.

* An “Edit” button has been added to the “Hostname” field of System Information to make the hostname easier to change.

* The results from the latest ZFS scrub now appear in Volume Status.

* Netatalk has been updated to version 3.1.0. See http://netatalk.sourceforge.net/3.1/ReleaseNotes3.1.0.html for a list of changes in this release.  There are also a number of changes made to AFP sharing as a result:

* The Add Apple (AFP) Share menu has been simplified and a “Default umask” option has been added.

* The “Server Name” field has also been removed from AFP; in Netatalk 3, this value is automatically derived from the system hostname.

* “Enable home directories” and “Home directories” options added to AFP.

* The AIO options have been removed from CIFS.

* Samba has been updated to version 3.6.21

* Fourteen TLS-related fields have been added to the Advanced Mode of FTP.

* An “IPv4 Address” column has been added to the View Jails screen.

* A shell button has been added to Jails, making it easy to access the command line of the selected jail.

* A “Create directory” checkbox has been added to the Add Storage function of a jail so that the user does not have to first access the jail’s shell to make sure that the directory already exists. A “Read-Only” checkbox has also been added to this screen.

* A jails templating system has been added, allowing the quick deployment of new jails from existing templates and the ability to create custom templates. Linux jail support has also been added and installation templates are included for Debian-7.1.0, Gentoo-20130820, Ubuntu-13.04, Centos-6.4, Fedora-19, and Suse-12.3.

* A link to the online FreeBSD manual pages has been added to Help.

* Added bxe(4) driver for Broadcom NetXtreme II Ethernet 10Gb PCIe adapter.

* Added padlock(4) driver which provides cryptographic hardware acceleration for VIA C3, C7 and Eden processors.

* Improved performance of encrypted ZFS volumes.

* The iSCSI options have been updated to ensure the GUI constraints match the daemon constraints.  In particular the GUI limited the number of sessions and the number of connections to a low value that may need to be increased if there are large numbers of targets or clients or both.

 

Update: NEW Crashplan Plugin and FREE BEER

Written by Annie Zhang on .

Hello FreeNAS users!

It’s been a busy month since our last update and we’ve got some great stuff to share with you this issue: a new FreeNAS plugin, a special discount from rsync, and some links from the past month we thought you’d find helpful.

But let’s be honest, if you’re reading this now, you’re probably looking for the free beer. We promise we’ll get to that shortly. In the meantime, read on. Read on for beer.


NEW Plugin Release: CrashPlan

Earlier this month, the official Crashplan plugin became available for FreeNAS. Crashplan is a cloud-based backup target. You can use it to back up the data on your FreeNAS to Crashplan and your data is kept safe in the cloud, making it easy to recover lost data later. The backup process takes place in the background on the schedule you set and all your data is encrypted before sending.

Read the forum announcement for more information. This plugin requires more work to set up than the others, so make sure you’re comfortable using Linux emulation before trying the installation.


Special rsync Discount for FreeNAS Users

A big thanks to the generous folks over at rsync who are offering a special discount rate for FreeNAS users only! Check out the forum for more details. The offer is good until at least through the end of the year, so if this is something that you’ve been meaning to do, don’t wait!


FreeNAS Mini Review in PC Magazine

In case you missed it, the FreeNAS Mini earned a great review from PC Magazine. To quote, “The FreeNAS averaged the highest Read speed tested, to-date, for any NAS at a blazing 111MBps.”

Send us a quote request if you’re interested in buying your own. Every purchase of a FreeNAS Mini supports the developers of FreeNAS, allowing us to add more features and improvements to the project.


FreeNAS – Free BEER! Join Us at Supercomputing 13

For Supercomputing 13, we’ll be providing thirsty conference-goers with free beer! You read that right, kegs of beer will be brought out on Tuesday and Wednesday, November 19 & 20 from 2-4PM.

Look for us at booth #3623 under the exhibitor name “iXsystems”. We’ll be debuting the new FreeNAS backdrop and showing off FreeNAS 9 and the new plugin system. Come meet, drink, and talk about FreeNAS with us!


Happy 20th Birthday to FreeBSD!

Speaking of free drinks, members of the FreeBSD community recently gathered on November 2 at the DNA Lounge in San Francisco, CA to celebrate the big 20th anniversary of FreeBSD.

In addition to drinks, the party included a life-sized beastie cake and a live band. Kirk McKusick, Jordan Hubbard, Matthew Olander, and Scott Long made a few opening remarks. Other notable figures in attendance included Kris Moore, Druann Lavigne, Michael Dexter, Allan Jude, and of course, many members of the FreeNAS team.

To relive the night (or to see what you missed), check out the photos of the event on Facebook or Google+. A longer and more detailed recap of the night is also available here.

A big thanks to iXsystems, Intel, Google, Netapp, FreeBSD, the FreeBSD Foundation, Netflix, LSI, No Starch Press, O’Reilly Media, and William Hurley for making this event possible!


Links of the Month

Google Fiber Now Explicitly Allows Home Servers via Arstechnica

Can Your Backup Plan Handle a Ransomware Threat? via ComputerWorld

The Ninth Episode of BSDNow – CURRENT Events via BSDNow

EconoNAS: Economically-friendly NAS Build via Brian Moses’s Blog


Connect with Us

If you need help with your FreeNAS setup or would like to show off your configuration, share your plugins, or just talk with like-minded people, join the conversation on our community forums.

For video tutorials, check out our YouTube channel.

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NEW Plugins: Crashplan and OwnCloud

Written by Annie Zhang on .

The official Crashplan plugin is now available for FreeNAS. Crashplan is a cloud-based backup target. You can use it to back up the data on your FreeNAS to Crashplan and your data is kept safe in the cloud, making it easy to recover lost data later. The backup process takes place in the background on the schedule you set and all your data is encrypted before sending.

Check out the forum announcement for more information. This plugin requires more work to set up than the others, so make sure you’re comfortable using Linux emulation before trying the installation.

We also released a plugin for ownCloud. This plugin allows you to turn your FreeNAS box into an ownCloud server and sync your files across all of your devices. Any changes made to your files are pushed between all devices connected to a your ownCloud account. These plugins can be installed via the plugins menu of the GUI.