FreeNAS 8.3.0-BETA3 is Available

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The FreeNAS development team is pleased to announce the availability of FreeNAS 8.3.0-BETA3. This is the last planned public beta of 8.3.0 as it moves towards the final.

FreeNAS 8.3.0-BETA3 can be downloaded from the following location:
https://sourceforge.net/projects/freenas/files/FreeNAS-8.3.0/BETA3/

This BETA includes a refactoring of the Active Directory and LDAP integration. It has a rework of serial port support, adding the ability to set the serial port speed. The NFS sharing was refactored in BETA2 with an eye towards maintaining compatability with sharing schemes set up in previous FreeNAS releases. The refactored sharing is more powerful and flexible than previous releases, while enforcing the OS based rules. Support for the LSI “skinny” RAID controllers was added, including the 9265/9285.

Upgrading an existing ZFS pool is a one way street, once the upgrade is done it is not possible to use older versions of FreeNAS, nor is it possible to downgrade your pool. This upgrade can be done by running zpool upgrade from the CLI, it is not done automatically via the upgrader, nor is there a way to do the upgrade from the GUI.

FreeNAS 8.3.0-BETA2 is now available

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8.3.0-BETA2 is now available for download and testing. Some of the changes for this upcoming release include:

  • ZFSv28 adds deduplication, RAIDZ3, improved snapshot support, and a removable log device.
  • Reporting graphs now provide buttons for navigating to different points in time.
  • Automatic redirect from http:// to https:// when accessing the administrative GUI when SSL is enabled.
  • Add support for HighPoint 27xx cards.
  • Add the CARP module to the build. The CARP module is not loaded by default and high availability must be configured manually from the command line. More information about CARP can be found in the OpenBSD FAQ.
  • Add the ability to specify the SSL certificate and private key to be used for encrypting FTP connections.
  • Add a memory device as an option when performing a GUI upgrade.
  • In Active Directory configuration, add checkboxes for: Use default domain, UNIX extensions, and Verbose logging.
  • Add additional SNMP MIBs.
  • Add the ability to update the Plugins Jail without deleting installed plugins.
  • Disable Nagle’s algorithm in order to provide better LAN network performance at the expense of WAN performance.
  • Add AES-NI hardware support for the Intel Core i5/i7 processors that support this encryption set. This support speeds up AES encryption and decryption.
  • A host name database field has been added to Global Configuration, allowing entries to be added to /etc/hosts.

A complete list of changes is available in the Release Notes on the download page.

The documentation on the wiki is mostly up-to-date for 8.3.0 and will improve over the next few days.

Beta testers should report any bugs so that they can be fixed in time for release.

FreeNAS 8.3.0-BETA1 is Now Available

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The FreeNAS development team is pleased to announce the availability of FreeNAS 8.3.0-BETA1. This is the first public release of the 8.3.0 branch of FreeNAS, which upgrades the underlying base system of FreeNAS to FreeBSD 8.3-RELEASE-p7. This update brings with it Version 28 of the ZFS filesystem, as well as a number of updates to the drivers and utilities in the base system.
FreeNAS 8.2.0 brought with it the ability to install plugins; this functionality is present in FreeNAS 8.3.0 as well. At the moment, upgrading the plugin jail to the version included with FreeNAS 8.3.0-BETA1 will cause plugins to stop working and will require reinstallation and reconfiguration of all plugins to resume normal operation. Our recommendation at this time is to avoid upgrading working components of the plugin system.
ZFS Version 28 includes several features such as the ability to detach a dedicated ZIL device, triple parity RAIDZ, and deduplication. There are numerous caveats to using deduplication, please do some research into the possible caveats of using dedup before enabling it.
Upgrading an existing ZFS pool is a one way street, once the upgrade is done it is not possible to use older versions of FreeNAS, nor is it possible to downgrade your pool. This upgrade can be done by running zpool upgrade from the CLI, it is not done automatically via the upgrader, nor is there a way to do the upgrade from the GUI. Instructions can be found in this section of the upcoming 8.3 Users Guide.