Jordan Hubbard, CTO of iXsystems, Co-Founder of FreeBSD, and FreeNAS Project Manager, has released his 4th state of the union address outlining the progress made in FreeNAS 10-BETA.
The long awaited FreeNAS 10-BETA is now available for download. This new version features a drastically improved graphic user interface, middleware, UI for virtual machine hosting, Docker, ReST API, and a plethora of other features. Please note that the BETA should not be used in production and for testing purposes only. See the link below for the full release notes and download the ISO/image here.
The FreeNAS Development Team is very proud to announce this general-availability BETA release of its totally redesigned, ground-up rewrite of FreeNAS, a release containing dozens of new features, additional polish, and hundreds of bug fixes to the previously released ALPHA2 of FreeNAS 10.
While still not considered “production ready” by any means, we hope that the new features, redesigned middleware, advanced CLI interface, and radically improved User Experience of FreeNAS 10 overall will attract users who are interested in a preview of what is to come with FreeNAS 10 RELEASE.
We also hope that software developers who are keen to understand the internals of this new design, and the ways in which it is facilitating the evolution of entirely new class of features and capabilities, will join us in making their own contributions to what has become the world’s most popular open source storage operating system!
Official announcement: http://www.freenas.org/blog/freenas-10-beta-now-available/
Jordan Hubbard, CTO of iXsystems and FreeNAS Project Manager, outlines the current progress in the upcoming FreeNAS 10 in this State of the Union address.
You can test out FreeNAS 10 by downloading the ISO from http://download.freenas.org/10/
The FreeNAS Team has released a tutorial for users who want to get Certificates set up on their FreeNAS system. A more in-depth look can be found at the FreeNAS doc: http://doc.freenas.org/9.10/freenas_system.html
For more FreeNAS related tutorials, visit their channel at http://youtube.com/FreeNASTeam
In this BSD Now episode, hosts Kris Moore and Allan Jude unbox the all-new FreeNAS Mini XL, as well as share the latest BSD news. Hit play below to tune in:
For this week’s round up of BSD related content: http://www.bsdnow.tv/episodes/2016_04_14-freenas_mini_xl
The developers of FreeNAS have announced version 9.10-RELEASE. This version features the base system as 10.3-RC3 going forward. Other notable changes are: experimental support for bhyve virtual machines, added support for various Intel hardware, SMB update, FreeBSD ports update to 2016Q1 branch, and more. Follow the link below for the full release notes.
The FreeNAS Development Team is very happy to announce that FreeNAS 9.10-RELEASE <http://download.freenas.org/9.10/RELEASE/> is now available! This is an interim release between the 9.3 series and 10 (which is still a few months away), using the same UI and middleware that everyone is used to from 9.3 but with new OS underpinnings, specifically FreeBSD 10.3-RC3. Coincident with this release of 9.10, we are also placing 9.3 into maintenance mode and will only be pushing further updates to the 9.3-STABLE train in response to the most critical security advisories or product flaws. We therefore strongly suggest that all current users of 9.3 upgrade to 9.10 in order to continue to benefit from the ongoing maintenance and bug fix work we will be doing on the 9.10-STABLE Train. Most, if not all, bug fixes will be made exclusively to the 9.10-STABLE train in reaction to tickets filed on http://bugs.freenas.org. Again: Users who choose to stay on the 9.3-STABLE train will see only the most critical bug fixes and no new features or non-essential enhancements. To update to 9.10 from 9.3, go to System->Update and select the 9.10-STABLE train from the Train selection drop-down. To update from any earlier release of FreeNAS to 9.10, simply grab the ISO image <http://download.freenas.org/9.10/RELEASE/x64/FreeNAS-9.10-RELEASE.iso> and boot it (from CD, IPMI or USB stick), selecting the Upgrade option in the installer.
Official announcement: http://lists.freenas.org/pipermail/freenas-announce/2016-March/000028.html
Larry the BSD Guy: http://fossforce.com/2016/03/busy-week-ubuntubsd-freenas-9-10-released/
Check out RAMSDENJ‘s home server build of FreeNAS, influenced by the user’s decision to use a FreeBSD based operating system.
I considered using plain FreeBSD to give myself complete flexibility, but considering this was my first server build and what I was intending to use the server for was basically network attached storage I settled on using FreeNAS for the ease of use and advanced features. FreeNAS is a variant of FreeBSD that has been altered in order to be an easy to use network attached storage server. It can all be managed from a web interface and is easy to use but is also filled with power features. Since it’s also basically FreeBSD under the hood, if you do want to accomplish something that can’t be done in the web interface, you can easily drop down into the command line to do whatever you’re trying to accomplish. The web interface makes it easy to manage your ZFS volumes and discs letting you easily attach new pools or export your pools, take snapshots, make datasets, and use ZFS replication. I figured this would be an easy way to get used to using all these features and that if I wanted to switch to FreeBSD at a later date it would be as easy as exporting my pool and installing FreeBSD.
See the entire build here: https://ramsdenj.github.io/server/2016/01/01/FreeNAS-Server-Build.html
User foxrevolution gives us a run down on what your typical NAS set up might look like, one that is running FreeBSD or FreeNAS.
After that I started researching my options to build the server. The two most important elements of a storage server are the OS and the RAID setup. Well the RAID is the most important but the OS plays a role in how the RAID is setup. I choose FreeBSD because it has native support for the ZFS file system. The documentation looked simple enough and it allowed the OS to be installed on a RAID array. Before going farther I should briefly go over what RAID is. Wikipedia defines RAID as:
The FreeNAS Team brings us an in depth tutorial on how to get iSCSI set up on the latest version.
For more helpful tutorials, check out their channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/FreeNASTeam
User Randy Westlund tells us of his experience of how his father’s business succeeded and continues to, in which FreeBSD, FreeNAS, and pfSense were able to play a critical role.
This setup has been in place for several months, and everyone is delighted with it. There are no more networking problems, fewer miscommunications, and much less time spent coordinating work. Efficiency is way up.
FreeBSD (in three different incarnations) helped me focus on improving the company’s workflow without spending much time on the OS. And now there’s an awning company that is, in a very real sense, powered by FreeBSD
Read Randy’s full story here: https://www.textplain.net/blog/2015/freebsd-and-freenas-in-business/