FreeNAS 9.2.1-RC is Now Ready for Download

Written by Annie Zhang on .

Jordan has announced that FreeNAS 9.2.1 – RC is available from http://download.freenas.org/9.2.1/RC/.

Release notes:

  • Samba (SMB/CIFS support) upgraded to version 4.1.4. This adds support for SMB3, the ability for FreeNAS to be a Windows Domain Controller, and advanced features like server-side copy support in Windows 2012 and later, along with multiple years worth of improvements over the version of Samba that shipped in 9.2.0. It also enables SMB protocol version 3. Previous versions of FreeNAS limited samba to SMB2 because of random crashes that would occur using SMB3.
  • Added the LSI 12G SAS driver as a module to the build. This can be enabled by adding a tunable for mpslsi3_load with a value of YES. This driver is still under development and not yet committed to FreeBSD. It is provided for beta testing only. For production use please consider using a 6G SAS adapter, such as the LSI 9207.
  • Fixed a bug with netatalk that prevented share browsing from working in the finder on OSX. Also enabled options for fuller-fidelity AFP copies with Mac OS ACLs (ACEs) now stored as ZFS ACLs.
  • Remove the non functional share password field from AFP shares.
  • Switched from Avahi to mDNSResponder for Zeroconf network configuration, improving the Mac share browsing experience.
  • Brought back the FreeNAS 8.x volume manager as a “Manual Setup” option. This volume manager allows manual vddv building and offers no seatbelts. Unless you know exactly what you are doing and why you are doing it, using the standard volume manager is highly recommended by the development team!
  • Made some changes to reporting graphs that segregates reports by type, one type per tab. Add graphs that show individual disk activity.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented building an encrypted volume using multi path devices.
  • Update django (used by the WebUI) to 1.6 and dojo to 1.9.2
  • Add the following ZFS features: enabled_txg hole_birth, extensible_dataset, bookmarks
  • Add trafshow to the image. This utility gives a CLI view of connections and usage to the FreeNAS box.
  • Fix kernel module load for fuse. This is needed for importing NTFS volumes.
  • Added the ability to use a keytab for AD joins. This eliminates the need to use the AD Administrator account to join FreeNAS to AD, closing a long standing issue of needing the AD Admin password in the FreeNAS configuration database.

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Please feel free to file bugs against this build, taking care to note in your bug report that you saw it in 9.2.1-RC and also note the datestamp of the build, since we will continuing to release 9.2.1-RC nightly builds and it’s otherwise very hard to tell which build you saw the problem in if you don’t tell us.

FreeNAS 9.2.1-BETA Now Ready for Download

Written by Annie Zhang on .

Jordan has announced the release of FreeNAS 9.2.1-BETA.

What’s new in this build:

*Samba (SMB/CIFS support) upgraded to version 4.1.4. This adds support for SMB3, the ability for FreeNAS to be a Windows Domain Controller, and advanced features like server-side copy support in Windows 2012 and later, along with multiple years worth of improvements over the version of Samba that shipped in 9.2.0. It also enables SMB protocol version 3. Previous versions of FreeNAS limited samba to SMB2 because of random crashes that would occur using SMB3.

*Added the LSI 12G SAS driver as a module to the build. This can be enabled by adding a tunable for mpslsi3_load with a value of YES. This driver is still under development and not yet committed to FreeBSD. It is provided for beta testing only. For production use, please consider using a 6G SAS adapter, such as the LSI 9207.

*Fixed a bug with netatalk that prevented share browsing from working in the finder on OSX. Also enabled options for fuller-fidelity AFP copies with Mac OS ACLs (ACEs) now stored as ZFS ACLs. Removed the non functional share password field from AFP shares.

*Switched from Avahi to mDNSResponder for Zeroconf network configuration, giving better Mac interoperability for share browsing.

*Brought back the FreeNAS 8.x volume manager as a “Manual Setup” option. This volume manager allows manual vddv building and offers no seat belts. Unless you know exactly what you are doing and why you are doing it, using the standard volume manager is highly recommended by the development team!

*Fixed a bug that prevented building an encrypted volume using multi-path devices.

*Update django (used by the WebUI) to 1.6 and dojo to 1.9.2

*Add reporting graphs that show individual disk activity.

*Add the following ZFS features: enabled_txg hole_birth, extensible_dataset bookmarks

*Add trafshow to the image. This utility gives a CLI view of connections and usage to the FreeNAS box.

*Fix kernel module load for fuse. This is needed for importing NTFS volumes.

*Add the ability to use a keytab for AD joins. This eliminates the need to use the AD Administrator account to join FreeNAS to AD, closing a long standing issue of needing the AD Admin password in the FreeNAS configuration database.

*Miscellaneous bugs that didn’t make the cut-off for 9.2.0

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Bugs currently filed against 9.2.1 can be found here: https://bugs.freenas.org/projects/freenas/issues?query_id=13

Please feel free to file bugs against this build, taking care to note in your bug report that you saw it in 9.2.1-BETA and also note the datestamp of the build, since we will continuing to release 9.2.1-BETA nightly builds and it’s otherwise very hard to tell which build you saw the problem in if you don’t tell us.

A FreeNAS 9.2 RELEASE to Ring in the New Year

Written by Annie Zhang on .

Hello FreeNAS users!

Happy New Year! We hope your holidays were well-spent with loved ones. It’s a new year, so we’re taking some time to look back and reflect on the things we’ve accomplished last year… such as the new FreeNAS 9.2 RELEASE! Of course, it’s also about planning for the future, so we’re currently looking to hire new talent to join the FreeNAS team. If that piqued your interest, read on!

In keeping with New Year traditions, we resolve to keep pushing out new releases and features, to listen to your feedback, and to always work with the goal of making FreeNAS better. Thank you for being a part of our community and let’s all work to make 2014 even more successful.

Cheers

The FreeNAS Team


 NEW FreeNAS 9.2 – RELEASE

It’s finally here! We know you’ve been waiting a long time for this and we’re proud to announce the official release of FreeNAS 9.2 stable.

If you’ve got an older version of FreeNAS and it’s working fine, why should you update? Well, along with several bugfixes, the newest version unlocks several great, new features including:

  • Linux jail support
  • Based on FreeBSD 9.2 with added features and hardware support
  • Improved performance of encrypted ZFS volumes
  • Jails templates allow quicker deployments of copies of a model jail
  • Shell button added to jails – makes it easier to access the Shell from Jails

A full list of features can be found in the release notes. Sign up for the announcements mailing lists to get updates on new releases

A big thanks to everyone who helped with development, sent in bug reports, made suggestions, or contributed otherwise to this release. You guys made this all happen; we couldn’t have done it without you!


 Job Opening: Call for Developers

Like what you see? Want to be a part of the next FreeNAS release? Well, iXsystems is looking for a few good developers!

Who are we? iXsystems is the corporate sponsor of the FreeNAS project. We are also the sponsors of PC-BSD, FreeBSD for the desktop, and long-time contributors to the FreeBSD and ZFS projects! You could say that Open Source and OS development is in our blood. If you feel the same way, please read further!

Deep knowledge of Unix and Unix internals is required (Linux is OK, but BSD is a big plus!). Must be extremely fluent in C. Python fluency not required, but a definite plus as our UI is written in Python & Django. Storage/Enterprise market experience is also a plus, though not a strict requirement; if you’re a great Unix + C developer, we can teach you about the storage and enterprise market! You will have the ability to substantially influence the evolution of the FreeNAS product, as well as other future Hardware & OSS Software appliances, with very little internal politics or “silos” to stand in your way. We are a small shop, and those who do great work get long leashes!

iXsystems is based in San Jose, CA so residency or willingness to relocate to the San Francisco Bay Area is definitely a plus, but not a strict requirement – for the right person, we will consider full or part time telecommuting from inside or outside the U.S. H1-B VISA sponsorship will also be considered for the right person (if you really kick butt, we’ll go the extra mile in both respects!). We also offer competitive salaries, health benefits, and 401K.

Interested? Think you have what it takes? Contact Jordan Hubbard at jkh@ixsystems.com with a current copy of your resumé. Cover letters appreciated but not required!


 An Introduction to FreeNAS via ADMIN Magazine

ADMIN Magazine recently published an article called “Introduction to FreeNAS” by Ben Milman and Mark VonFange. Both Ben and Mark are employees of iXsystems, so they have close-to-the-source, verified knowledge about the inner workings of FreeNAS. They cover the basics of FreeNAS, how the ZFS filesystem works and lesser known facts like the differences between FreeNAS and TrueNAS. It’s an informative read, so take a look if you’re interested in first-hand pointers that will help you optimize your own FreeNAS system.


 Build a Home Server with FreeNAS via DIY Tryin

Have an old desktop lying around? This episode of DIY Tryin demonstrates how you can use FreeNAS to make a home server. DIY Tryin is a show that focuses on home projects you can build and do yourself. Sure enough, the video takes you through the entire process of setting up a home server, from hardware choices all the way through installation and configuration. Hosts Patrick Norton and Michael Hand did a great job explaining the advantages of having a home NAS and using ZFS. They also took some time to show off how easy the installation process is. It’s definitely worth checking out if you’d like an easy-to-understand and entertaining tutorial that guides you through setup.


 Tech Tip #2

ZFS can get cranky when there’s more than a few thousand snapshots.


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