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Insane 48TB FreeNAS Build | FreeNAS Failover Demo | Other Goodies…

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Hello FreeNAS Users,

FreeNAS 9.3 is here and it sports a ton of great new features including a redesigned UI, a new configuration wizard, and an update manager. In addition, we’ve got a bunch of new videos for you—some instructional, some just for fun. Thanks to everyone who helped us make 2014 a success. Here’s to bigger and better things in 2015!

Happy Holidays,
The FreeNAS Team
Announcing the Release of FreeNAS 9.3
FreeNAS 9.3 is available for download! We highly encourage everyone to upgrade to take advantage of the new features. Read more ›
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How to Install and Upgrade FreeNAS 9.3
If you need help installing FreeNAS 9.3, check out this tutorial. We also have a video demonstrating how to use the new update manager.
Changes in FreeNAS 9.3 by Linda Kateley
Check out this video from FreeNAS instructor, Linda Kateley, for an in-depth overview of the new features in FreeNAS 9.3.

FreeBSD Journal
FreeNAS Failover Demo by Josh Paetzel
At this year’s MeetBSD, Joshua Paetzel, a core member of the FreeNAS Development Team, demonstrated the failover capabilities of FreeNAS…by removing the drives from two Minis and completely destroying them. How long did it take for the system to stop working? Read on to find out.
FreeNAS Powers Digital Library in Africa
In November, Nzega’s digital library came online. Two FreeNAS Minis power the heart of the program—one operates as a central file server for about 5TB of content and the other is used for backups. We’re proud to be a part of this great cause! Read more ›
Insane 48TB FreeNAS Build from LinusTechTips
Linus Sebastian of the popular LinusTechTips YouTube channel built a powerful yet incredibly compact 48TB FreeNAS system with 64GB ECC RAM. Watch the video here.
FreeNAS Certification Classes
We now offer free Intro to FreeNAS classes that run every day. For those of you interested in learning more about advanced topics, we also offer paid, fully interactive classes. Read more ›
Upcoming Live Events

  • January 31 – February 1, 2015FOSDEM in Brussels, Belgium
  • February 19-22SCaLE 13x in LA, California
  • March 12-15AsiaBSDCon in Tokyo, Japan


TechTip #12
The Wizard in FreeNAS 9.3 doesn’t make its changes until you confirm at the end. This lets you edit your choices, but also means that if you exit the wizard early, none of your changes are made.
Join the Team
iXsystems, the company that sponsors FreeNAS, is looking for a few good people to join our team. Interested? The full list of available positions can be found on our website.
Links of the Month


FreeNAS & ZFS: The Indestructible Duo – Except for the Hard Drives

Written by Annie Zhang on .

At this year’s MeetBSD, Joshua Paetzel, a core member of the FreeNAS Development Team, demonstrated the failover capabilities of FreeNAS… by pulling the drives out of two FreeNAS Minis and completely destroying them. SONY DSC Josh ran a build mounted from two FreeNAS Minis populated by four drives each. The compiler was projected on a screen so attendees could see when the build stopped running. Volunteers were then invited to pull out a HDD at random from either of the FreeNAS boxes and destroy them using a selection of tools including a hammer, vice, screwdriver, and tesla coil. Some of the people who gleefully stepped up to participate include:

  • Jordan Hubbard, co-founder of FreeBSD, CTO of iXsystems
  • Kirk McKusick, early developer of BSD, inventor of the Berkeley Fast File System
  • Alfred Perlstein, Sr. Director, Appliance & Kernel Engineering, Norse
  • George Kola, CTO, Voxer
  • Devin Teske, FreeBSD Developer

What was the magic number of drives that had to be destroyed before failover on FreeNAS stopped working? Watch the video to find out:

FreeNAS 9.3 will be released on 2014/12/8

Written by Annie Zhang on .

Hi folks,

Just a quick update on this topic since it has been communicated (by me, even) that FreeNAS 9.3-RELEASE would come out at the end of November. Obviously, it is now the end of November and that hasn’t happened yet, so time for a quick update!

First, we’d like to thank everyone for their involvement and participation in the 9.3-BETA cycle! Over 5000 unique visitors have checked in for the updates (and continue to do so on a daily basis) and we’ve had many dozens of highly quality bugs filed, all of which have really made the difference in our being able to find and fix issues before 9.3-RELEASE. In fact, we have fixed over 800 bugs during the 9.3 development cycle and are down to just 38 bugs blocking the release, which is why we’re slipping the release date to December 8th. We need a bit more time to fix the show-stoppers. Those bugs we don’t deem show-stopping but still worth fixing as part of the first official post-RELEASE update will have their target version set to SU Candidate (Software Update Candidate), so if you file a bug and see it in that milestone, don’t worry – it won’t make the release but it will be fixed shortly thereafter and will simply show up in the new System->Update panel.

Second, we’d also like to give all the BETA testers one last week to report any final show-stoppers so that we can make 9.3-RELEASE truly production quality, so if you haven’t jumped on the BETA train yet, now would be an excellent time to do so! You don’t have to start with the 9.3-BETA release itself, though you can certainly jump forward from there directly to the latest version using the updater, but if you’re going to start now then you might as well start with the latest nightly (on the BETA train) and simply move forward to RELEASE from there.

Again, we really appreciate all of the community involvement around this release; it’s been truly unprecedented, and I don’t believe any release of FreeNAS has ever generated this level of interest or pre-release feedback. We are greatly looking forward to a really great release, as well as being able to ship small, targeted updates using the new update system with a much shorter turn-around time and far less effort for both us and our users!


The FreeNAS Development Team