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FreeNAS 10 Switches to Windows 10 + NTFS

Written by James T. Nixon III on .

In an effort to continue the evolution of free and open software, FreeNAS Leadership is now working with Microsoft on a brand-new platform. Early this morning, Microsoft reached out to FreeNAS Leadership with a proposal to build FreeNAS 10 on an arm-based Windows 10 device capable of storing nearly half a petabyte of data. To accomplish this feat, FreeNAS 10 will utilize NTFS, Microsoft’s recently open-sourced filesystem, bringing FreeNAS better ACL support than ever before!

Easiest setup, ever.

Featuring an easy-to-use, point & click graphical user interface with bullet proof syncing done by directly wiring systems together via thin-net 10base2 coax cabling.

Apps for everything!

Not-to-worry, all your Applications, Apps, extensions, and Plug-ins, and Jails, and VMs all run natively, and securely. Xbox game data is streamed over the network and stores shadow copies of your game states via the tried & true copy-on-write technique that NTFS is bringing to FreeNAS. Modern filesystems are nice, in theory – but in practice, a mature platform is always better.


Microsoft Windows 10 & FreeNAS 10 w/ NTFS: Storage fit for Everyone

For more details please contact beastie@local.domain


FreeNAS 9.2.0 Release

Written by James T. Nixon III on .

Release Notes for FreeNAS 9.2.0-RELEASE

Version 9.2-RELEASE of FreeBSD with performance improvements, bug

fixes, and updated software packages. For a complete list see

USB 3.0 support is disabled by default as it currently is not compatible
with some hardware, including Haswell (Lynx point) chipsets. To enable
USB 3.0 support, create a Tunable named xhci_load, set its value to YES,
and reboot the system.

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

ZFS will now alert the administrator for pools that are not 4K-aligned.

By default, FreeNAS will treat all disks as 4K sector (“Advanced Format”)
disks. This is a future-proof setting that allows AF disks to later
be used as replacement drives for older, legacy 512 byte sector drives
without compromising performance. The administrator can optionally disable
this 4K-by-default behavior by setting vfs.zfs.vdev.larger_ashift_minimal
to 0 in both sysctl and loader tunables.

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, if the system your browser
is running on supports mDNS (e.g. a Mac or mDNS-enabled Windows/Unix box).
The default address will be freenas.local (or freenas-n.local, where n is
the # of freenas.local instances already on the local network). This can be
changed by changing the hostname in the FreeNAS system or network configuration

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.

FreeNAS no longer sends daily emails when email reporting is enabled
unless actual errors or issues of concern have arisen. Simply saying
“all is well!” each and every day was causing email fatigue and obscuring
actual errors. Those wishing for daily “all is well!” reports can simply
add a cron job that does this.

The plugin system now offers in-place updates for plugins, also
segregating installed plugins from available plugins to make the UI
less cluttered.

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 ( 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 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

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

The AIO options have been removed from CIFS.

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

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.

Plex on FreeNAS

Written by James T. Nixon III on .

“Hey man, check out this totally flippin’ sweet app!” said friend and co-worker, Peter, while sitting in the iX lounge sometime last summer. He had his Plex server running on his Macbook Pro and was controlling it, and viewing movies, from his iPhone. It was impressive, but my first question was: “Does it run on FreeBSD”? He snickered and ran away.

Fast forward one year later: “Bro, seriously, come check this out!”, I said to Peter while walking out of the break room, coffee mug filled to the brim. We walked to the lounge while he waited for drivers for the-operating-system-that-shall-not-be-named to finish installing. I stayed late the previous night configuring the newest plugin for FreeNAS: Plex Media Server, so I was pretty excited to show it off.