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.

FreeNAS at Texas LinuxFest

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We’ll be giving out FreeNAS 8.2-RELEASE CDs, brochures, and cool swag at the FreeBSD booth during Texas LinuxFest. The booth is #37 in the Red Oak Ballroom of the Norris Conference Center in San Antonio. The expo is open on Saturday, August 4 from 10–6. Registration is required for this event and costs $20 or $50.

Dru Lavigne will give a presentation on FreeNAS 8.3 at 11:20.

FreeNAS 8.2 Released!

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The FreeNAS development team is pleased to announce the immediate availability of FreeNAS 8.2.0-RELEASE.

FreeNAS 8.2.0-RELEASE is the first release on new branch of code that incorporates tighter integration between the ZFS command line and the FreeNAS GUI. This release also features the ability to run arbitrary services and interact with them through the FreeNAS GUI in a FreeBSD jail. This jail allows a wide range of third party software to be run on top of FreeNAS, using the PBI format from PC-BSD or FreeBSD packages or ports, as well as official FreeNAS plugins.

Additional features include:

  • Support for iSCSI target reload.
  • GUI support for SAS and FC multipath hardware.
  • Webshell accessible from the FreeNAS web interface.
  • ZFS scrubs are configurable from the GUI.
  • A newer web toolkit is used in the GUI, enabling use of mobile browsers.
  • An autotuning script tunes ZFS for the hardware it’s running on.

Getting FreeNAS:

For 64 bit capable hardware

The FreeNAS images are at: https://sourceforge.net/projects/freenas/files/FreeNAS-8.2.0/RELEASE/x64/
The plugins and plugin jail are available at: https://sourceforge.net/projects/freenas/files/FreeNAS-8.2.0/RELEASE/x64/plugins

For 32 bit hardware

The FreeNAS images are at: https://sourceforge.net/projects/freenas/files/FreeNAS-8.2.0/RELEASE/x86/
The plugins and plugin jail are available at: https://sourceforge.net/projects/freenas/files/FreeNAS-8.2.0/RELEASE/x86/plugins

Documentation:

http://doc.freenas.org has been updated with the finished 8.2.0 documentation, A PDF/HTML version will be available Tuesday July 24th.

Release Notes:

http://sourceforge.net/projects/freenas/files/FreeNAS-8.2.0/RELEASE/README/download

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