What’s New in FreeNAS 8.x

Written by James T. Nixon III on .

This article highlights some of the new features which have been added to FreeNAS 8.x since July, 2012. These include the Plugins Jail, ZFSv28, and GELI encryption.

Since its initial release in May, 2011, the newly designed FreeNAS 8.x series has added many features that make this open source storage operating system an attractive option for everyone from home users up to large enterprise users.

The initial releases concentrated on improving the graphical administrative interface and the “core” NAS features. These core features include the ability to perform the following within a graphical interface from a web browser:

The Interview with Alfred Perlstein, VP of Software Engineering at iXsystems

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 Alfred has been working on the FreeBSD kernel for the past 13 years. His areas of interest have been file systems, multi-processor support, performance, and stability of FreeBSD. He has alternated between CTO/VP roles at companies like OkCupid to kernel developer positions at Apple and Juniper Networks. His current role is FreeNAS project manager and VP Software Engineering at iXsystems. He continues to contribute to the FreeBSD project when time allows and encourage his team to as well. Recently, he agreed to give the interview to BSD Magazine.

 BSD Magazine: Hello Alfred, could you tell us how you got into FreeNAS?

Handmade NAS

Written by James T. Nixon III on .

What you will learn…

  • FreeBSD setup with ZFS as root filesystem
  • Basic file sharing with smb, afp and ftp server
  • Use these as building blocks for a full fledge NAS

What you should know…

  • FreeBSD installation
  • Network configuration
  • Port installation & configuration


In the past, the term NAS (Network Attached Storage) was used to be associated with large expensive network and enterprise grade luxurious fileserver. At that time, who would have thought that hard disk and RAM becomes a common commodity that usual folks like us will posses.