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FreeNAS 9.2.1.8 – New: FreeNAS Minecraft Server Plugin, Shellshock Patch & Tutorials

Written by Annie Zhang on .

Hello FreeNAS users,

Happy fall! By now you’ve probably heard of the Shellshock bug. Although FreeNAS was not affected, we decided to proactively close the vulnerability with FreeNAS 9.2.1.8 just in case. We also have a couple of tutorials for you this month including a bunch of user-created content. After several months of hard work, we’re very close to releasing FreeNAS 9.3—expect a special in-depth update from Jordan Hubbard, Director of the FreeNAS Project and iXsystems CTO, in the next newsletter.

Cheers,
The FreeNAS Team

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New FreeNAS 9.2.1.8-RELEASE

It’s time for another FreeNAS release! FreeNAS 9.2.1.8 closes the Shellshock security vulnerability. Although FreeNAS does not use bash as the default system shell, we thought it was still worth addressing. Some of the other changes in this release include:

  • Fixed bug where use of NONE cipher in replication erroneously reported an error on a successful replication.
  • Don’t enable LZ4 compression on replication by default if upgrading from a pre-9.2.1.7 release.
  • Improve performance of viewing snapshots when replication tasks are set up.
  • Allow binding CIFS to specific IPs.
  • Fixed LDAP bind URL when using TLS.
  • Fixed a bug in the mail sending routines used by FreeNAS. With some mailserver configurations the To: address could’ve been set to root instead of the address specified in the root user.
  • Fix a bug that prevented the system from showing the replicated status of a snapshot if the remote path differed from the local path.

The full list of bugs fixed in 9.2.1.8 can be found here. We hope everyone enjoys this release of FreeNAS and as always, thanks for the support.


MeetBSD California 2014 – Last Call for Registration!

The stage is set for MeetBSD California 2014 at Western Digital’s San Jose headquarters on November 1-2. With only two weeks left, be sure to register for your spot if you haven’t done so already.

Some of the notable speakers this year include Kirk McKusick, Jordan Hubbard, & Rick Reed. BSD Now will also be conducting interviews at the conference. Check out the schedule for more information. As this is an unConference, many aspects of the schedule are left up to the attendees to determine. There will be plenty of opportunities for breakaway groups and hallway tracks for impromptu discussions. We expect this year’s MeetBSD California to be the biggest one yet—don’t miss it!



Transmission on FreeNAS

We have a new, official tutorial video about installing the Transmission plugin available on YouTube. Transmission is a fast, easy, and free BitTorrent client available on many platforms. Setup is pretty straightforward and the video runs through FreeNAS volume creation, user creation, and permissions before demonstrating how to install and configure the Transmission plugin. If you find the video helpful, be sure to take a look at the rest of our YouTube channel for more tutorials.


Obsessed with Minecraft? MineOS on FreeNAS

The name “Joshua Parker Ruehlig” may sound familiar to some of you—he’s responsible for writing several FreeNAS plugins including CouchPotato, Sick Beard, and Maraschino. Recently, he uploaded a video detailing how to install, set up, and update the MineOS plugin on FreeNAS. The MineOS plugin gives you the ability to use a web interface to create and manage Minecraft servers and also has some backup and restore features.

He’s also started a support thread to help those installing the plugin. If having your own Minecraft server sounds like fun, be sure to give this a try.


Turn FreeNAS into a Mumble Server

One of our community members posted a tutorial video showing how to install Murmur (the server side of Mumble) on FreeNAS. Mumble is an open source voice chat software that allows for encrypted communication between users and is primarily intended for use by gamers. The video demonstrates how to install the server on a FreeNAS jail and how to set up the database and superuser accounts.


Mid-range FreeNAS Build

One of our readers sent in a write up that he did of his build. Brian Cunnie built a mid-range, high-performance FreeNAS server for himself at a cost of about $2600. The write up is in-depth but easy to follow. It also runs through the installation process & basic setup with plenty of screenshots and photos of the hardware. The build itself is probably overpowered for most homes, but it’s interesting to see the different use cases people come up with for FreeNAS and the article is definitely worth a read.


FreeNAS Training Classes

Have a burning question about FreeNAS? We now offer free Intro to FreeNAS classes that run every day. Classes are taught by Linda Kateley, a software educator with over 20 years of experience and a specialization in ZFS and Storage. For those of you interested in learning more than the basics, you’ll be happy to know that we also offer paid, advanced FreeNAS classes in the following subjects:

  • FreeNAS Admin
  • FreeNAS Sharing Deep Dive
  • FreeNAS Hardware Architecture & Performance Basics
  • Fault Analysis Workshop

As of now, we offer a complimentary registration with every new purchase of a FreeNAS certified system. This free registration is good for any advanced class of your choice. The classes are fully interactive, so attendance is limited to 15 people per class, allowing for thorough Q&A with the instructor. Make sure to sign up early—with over 6 million FreeNAS downloads, we expect these spots to fill up fast.


Upcoming Live Events

We’ll be at the following conferences. If you’re in the area, drop by and say “hi”!

October 22-23All Things Open in Raleigh, NC

October 24-26Ohio Linuxfest in Columbus, OH

November 1-2MeetBSD California in San Jose, CA

November 4-6Cloud Computing Expo in Santa Clara, CA


Tech Tip #10

If you encrypt your FreeNAS pools, make sure you keep 2 copies of your encryption key in safe places. If your boot drive dies, even the NSA won’t be able to access your files without the encryption key.


Links of the Month

Episode 59: Have You Heard of BSD? via BSD Now

Travel Grants for MeetBSD California via FreeBSD Foundation


Join the FreeNAS Team!

If you’ve been reading about all the great things we’ve been up to and thought to yourself, “Hmm, I wish I could be a part of that”, well…now you can be!

iXsystems, the company that sponsors FreeNAS, is looking for a few good developers and QA testers to join our team. We offer competitive salaries, health benefits, stock options, a 401k, and access to a fancy-schmancy coffee maker as some of the benefits. We’re a very prominent company in the world of FreeBSD; in fact, we employ more FreeBSD developers per capita than anyone else you can think of.

Interested? The full job descriptions can be found here. If this sounds like your cup of double-shot espresso, email Jordan Hubbard at jkh@ixsystems.com with your resume. Cover letters appreciated but not required.


Send Us Your Content

Got a FreeNAS hardware build you’re proud of? Come up with a tech tip while tinkering around in the GUI? Have a link or picture you think we should see? As long as it’s not something you wouldn’t send to your boss, we’d love to hear from you. Drop us a line at FNsubmissions@ixsystems.com. We’re always on the lookout for FreeNAS and storage related content to feature in the newsletter and on our social media channels.


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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FreeNAS 9.2.1.8-RELEASE is now available

Written by Annie Zhang on .

Hi folks,

Time for another FreeNAS release! This one fixes a number of issues in 9.2.1.7 as well as addressing the “shellshock” security vulnerability in bash (to which FreeNAS is not generally vulnerable as bash is not the system shell, but it was still worth fixing).

The list of bugs fixed in 9.2.1.8-RELEASE can be found here. The release notes for 9.2.1.8:

  • Fix bug where use of NONE cipher in replication erroneously reported an error on a successful replication.
  • Don’t enable lz4 compression on replication by default if upgrading from a pre-9.2.1.7 release.
  • Multiple kernel iSCSI / CTL improvements. This includes VMWare VAAI and Microsoft ODX acceleration support, improved performance and fixes for number of bugs. Kernel iSCSI can be activated by checking the experimental target checkbox under services -> iSCSI.
  • Improve performance of viewing snapshots when replication tasks are set up.
  • Allow binding CIFS to specific IPs.
  • Fix LDAP bind URL when using TLS.
  • Validate AD advanced settings. If the GC or DC are manually specified make sure they are reachable.
  • Set UNIX permissions when the Mac permissions radio button is selected. Netatalk does not play nicely with ACLs.
  • Fix a bug in the mail sending routines used by FreeNAS. With some mailserver configurations the To: address could’ve been set to root instead of the address specified in the root user.
  • Fix a bug that prevented the system from showing the replicated status of a snapshot if the remote path differed from the local path.
  • “Shellshock” security vulnerability in bash (which is not the system shell FreeNAS or FreeBSD) proactively closed.

We hope everyone enjoys this release of FreeNAS!

The FreeNAS Development Team

All-NEW TrueNAS, New FreeNAS Release, & Free Classes

Written by Annie Zhang on .

Hello FreeNAS users!

What a month! Between the launch of our new flagship TrueNAS storage line, the release of FreeNAS 9.2.1.6, and an overhaul of the FreeNAS training classes, we’ve been quite busy. Keep reading to see what we’ve been up to.

Cheers,
The FreeNAS Team

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Introducing: The *NEW* TrueNAS Unified Storage Appliance

After a company-wide effort from the team that brings you FreeNAS, we are proud to unveil the new line of TrueNAS storage appliances.

Unified. Scalable. Flexible. The TrueNAS unified storage appliance is storage power, flexibility, and simplicity combined: high-availability, high-performance, feature-rich storage for a variety of business applications. With SAN and NAS in one appliance, as well as a wide variety of services and protocols, TrueNAS covers every use case. Whether it’s an offsite replication target for business continuity, backing
storage for mission-critical VMs or shared storage for video editing, TrueNAS provides a reliable, fast, and easy-to-manage solution.

The new modular TrueNAS hardware platform allows TrueNAS to grow with your needs. Upgrade from non-HA to HA or from one performance tier to the next by simply swapping or adding controllers. With TrueNAS’ Self-Healing filesystem, you can be sure that corrupted data never makes it to disk and any corruption that’s detected will be corrected in the next disk scrub. TrueNAS intelligently optimizes storage capacity through an adaptive compression algorithm that maximizes storage efficiency while
reducing I/O latency. Our rigorous burn-in process is designed to ensure all drives that leave our Silicon Valley headquarters work as intended when they arrive at your facility.

If you’re looking for an enterprise storage solution, why not send us a quote request? TrueNAS is the only storage platform built and supported by the developers of FreeNAS. Every purchase of a system helps supports the development of FreeNAS, allowing us to add more features to the software. If you love using FreeNAS at home, you’ll love
using
the new TrueNAS at work.


FREE Intro to FreeNAS Classes

We’re proud to open our FREE Intro to FreeNAS classes to the general public. Software educator, Linda Kateley, will be covering the same topics as the full-length class including web UI, setup, volumes, and datasets but the sessions will be much shorter. We’ve incorporated your suggestions from the exclusive trial run last month and will continue to make edits to the class based on feedback you leave
us.

Due to the overwhelming response, we’ve also decided to lift the daily attendee limit on each class. So tell your friends, tell your co-workers, tell anyone who you think would benefit from these classes and sign up for a quick 1-hour session. Classes will run every day.

For those of you interested in learning more than the basics, you’ll be happy to know that we’re also offering paid, advanced FreeNAS classes. Here’s a list of our current subjects:

  • FreeNAS Administration
  • FreeNAS Sharing Deep Dive
  • FreeNAS Hardware Architecture & Performance Basics
  • Fault Analysis Workshop

The first class will start on September 3rd and classes will take place every Wednesday. These classes are fully interactive, so attendance is limited to 10-15 people per class, allowing for thorough Q&A with the instructor. We also have three free beta classes scheduled so we can refine the material. For the current schedule and to reserve your spot, check out the site. Make sure to sign up early—with over 6 million
FreeNAS downloads, we expect these spots to fill up fast.

A big thanks to everyone who helped quality check the classes and left us comments! We’re working hard to develop these classes and hope you find these resources useful.



FreeNAS 9.2.1.6-RELEASE

It’s finally here — FreeNAS 9.2.1.6 is available for download! All the bugs fixed in this release can be found here. Full release notes can be found here. Some of the key features in this release
include:

  • Samba is updated to 4.1.9
  • Netatalk is updated to 3.1.2
  • 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
  • VirtualBox template updated to 4.3.12

The FreeNAS development team would like to thank all the testers who provided feedback and bug reports for FreeNAS 9.2.1.6-BETA, 9.2.1.6-RC, and 9.2.1.6-RC2.


New Video Tutorial – Installing and Configuring BTSync

We’ve got another new FreeNAS video tutorial for you. By popular demand, our newest video demonstrates how to install and configure the BitTorrent Sync plugin for FreeNAS.

BTSync is a file synchronization tool that utilizes the peer-to-peer technology BitTorrent is known for. It’s one of our more popular plugins because it allows you to directly share files between your FreeNAS system and other devices. By skipping third-party services, you ensure that your data remains private.

If you found this tutorial helpful, check out our entire YouTube channel for more step-by-step tutorials.


TweakTown Reviews the FreeNAS Mini

If all the other reviews from the past haven’t convinced you about the FreeNAS Mini, maybe this in-depth review from TweakTown will. TweakTown recently pit the Mini against several other popular small office NAS appliances in a series of benchmark tests. As they put it:

“With the cache drive, the Mini breezes through the enterprise workload with ease and makes the other products on our chart look entry-level… The iXsystems FreeNAS Mini has server level performance and custom options at an off-the-shelf-price.”

For more details, check out the article. They’ve included some pretty impressive graphs based on the tests they ran. We won’t give away all the details, but we will say that the FreeNAS Mini won TweakTown’s Best Performance Award.


FreeNAS & Plex on Know How…

You may remember that Know How… previously featured a FreeNAS build tutorial. Our software was recently featured again on Episode 95, this time with a focus on the Plex plugin. After a quick guide on FreeNAS hardware selection, the hosts demonstrated how to install and configure the Plex plugin. Be sure to give it a watch if you’ve been
thinking about setting up your own Plex server at home.


Interview with Brett Davis

This month’s issue of BSD Magazine features an exclusive interview with the VP of iXsystems, Brett Davis. As one of the first iX employees, Brett is a prime person to ask about the early days of iXsystems and the relationship with FreeNAS. The interview also goes into detail about the new TrueNAS product line that was recently released and the qualities that make the company and product stand
out from its competitors. Be sure to check out the article for a behind-the-scenes look at how iXsystems operates.


Upcoming Live Events

We’ll be at the following conferences. If you’re in the area, drop by and say “hi”!

August 24-25VMWorld in San Francisco, CA

September 11-13Fossetcon in Orlando, FL

September 25-28EuroBSDcon in Sofia, Bulgaria


Tech Tip #8

If you’re using LZ4 Compression, don’t worry about aligning RAID-Z to powers of 2 drive counts – there’s no performance benefit.


Links of the Month

Switching from Tape Backups to FreeNAS via Jamie Darville

Interview with William Grzybowski about Using Dojo on FreeNAS via Dojo Tool Kit

FreeNAS Mini At the Heart of the Nzega Digital Library Initiative via Peers Corps Global

How to Fix the IPMI Remote Management Vulnerability via iXsystems

Episode 48: Liberating SSL via BSD Now


Need a Job? We need people!

If you’ve been reading about all the great things we’ve been up to and thought to yourself, “Hmm, I wish I could be a part of that”, well…now you can be!

 

iXsystems, the company that sponsors FreeNAS, is looking for a few good developers and QA testers to join our team. We offer competitive salaries, health benefits, stock options, a 401k, and access to a fancy-schmancy coffee maker as some of the benefits. We’re a very prominent company in the world of
FreeBSD; in fact, we employ more FreeBSD developers per capita than anyone else you can think of.

Interested? The full job descriptions can be found here. If this sounds like your cup of double-shot espresso, email Jordan Hubbard at jkh@ixsystems.com with your resume. Cover letters appreciated but not required.


Send Us Your Content

Got a FreeNAS hardware build you’re proud of? Come up with a tech tip while tinkering around in the GUI? Have a link or picture you think we should see? As long as it’s not something you wouldn’t send to your boss, we’d love to hear from you. Drop us a line at FNsubmissions@ixsystems.com. We’re always on the lookout for FreeNAS and storage related content to feature in the newsletter and on our social media channels.


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.

Want real-time updates as they happen? Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, or add us to your Google+ circle!

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