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.

OpenZFS Initiative

Written by Annie Zhang on .

FreeNAS is proud to announce our support and involvement with the OpenZFS Initiative. OpenZFS is the spiritual open source successor to the ZFS project. This formalized coalition of developers, users, and companies dedicated to the open use and improvement of ZFS will allow everyone to stay on the same page so there is no fragmentation.

The OpenZFS community was founded by members from the FreeBSD, Linux, illumos, and Mac OS X communities and includes one of the original authors of ZFS, Matt Ahrens.

The community aims to raise awareness of OpenZFS, encourage open communication on what improvements should be made, and ensure the performance and reliability of OpenZFS across platforms.

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.