FreeNAS 9.3-RELEASE is now available

FreeNAS_logo_lightThe developers of FreeNAS have made available the long awaited 9.3 RELEASE. This version features numerous updates ranging from security patches to new features. Some of the changes are listed:

  • New simplified UI
  • New update manager
  • New configuration wizard
  • Boot from ZFS device
  • Support for WebDAV
  • And much, much more

FreeNAS 9.3 - System Info

Full release notes: http://download.freenas.org/9.3/RELEASE/ReleaseNotes

Download the ISO/image: http://www.freenas.org/download/


In addition, FreeNAS Team released these tutorials to get you started on installing and upgrading to FreeNAS 9.3.

For more helpful tutorials, check out their channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/FreeNASTeam

How to configure full disk encryption in PC-BSD 10.1

This article by LinuxBSDOS shows us how to configure full disk encryption in PC-BSD 10.1.

Disk partition of PC-BSD 10.1Full disk encryption is supported in the graphical installer of PC-BSD 10.1, which was released on November 16 and which I just reviewed just three days ago (see PC-BSD 10.1 review).

In this article, you’ll read how to install a default PC-BSD 10.1 system on a single hard drive with full disk encryption configured. The installation image I used is the same one I used for the review, which I transferred to a USB stick by using the dd command. You may download an installation image of PC-BSD 10.1 from here.

For this tutorial, the test computer is a recent build using a motherboard with UEFI firmware, and the target hard drive is a 500 GB unit. If you wish to follow along, boot into the installer, then click through the first few steps until you get to the step shown in Figure 1. Full disk encryption is not part of the configuration in a default installation of PC-BSD 10.1, so you’ll have to click on the Customize button.

Full article with instructions: http://www.linuxbsdos.com/2014/11/27/how-to-configure-full-disk-encryption-in-pc-bsd-10-1/

PC-BSD 10.1 is now available

pcbsdThe PC-BSD team is pleased to announce the availability of PC-BSD 10.1 release!

A very special thank you goes out to all the contributors for this release, your help and feedback were greatly appreciated!

PC-BSD 10.1 Highlights

* KDE 4.14.2
* GNOME 3.12.2
* Cinnamon 2.2.16
* Chromium 38.0.2125.104_1
* Firefox 33.1
* NVIDIA Driver 340.24
* Lumina desktop 0.7.1-beta
* Pkg 1.3.8_3
* New AppCafe HTML5 web/remote interface, for both desktop / server usage
* New CD-sized text-installer ISO files for TrueOS / server deployments
* New Centos 6.6 Linux emulation base
* New HostAP mode for Wifi GUI utilities
* UEFI support for boot and installation
* Automatic tuning of ZFS memory usage at install time
* Support for full-disk (GELI) encryption without an unencrypted /boot partition (Also on mirror/raidz setups!)
* New VirtualBox / VMware / RAW disk images of desktop / server installations
For a more complete list of changes, please check our wiki page.

Download the ISO/image here: http://www.pcbsd.org/en/download.html

Full announcement: http://blog.pcbsd.org/2014/11/pc-bsd-10-1-release-now-available/

FreeNAS 9.2.1.9 now available

FreeNAS_logo_lightThis should, knock on wood, be the very last release on the 9.2.1-BRANCH and also the last 32 bit version of FreeNAS, so if you’ve got some older hardware you just have to keep using, this is the release to run!

Please see https://bugs.freenas.org/projects/freenas/issues?query_id=104 for all bugs addressed in this release, though the list is very short:

  • Fix a bug preventing Directory Server mode from working.
  • Fix a memory leak in ZFS that is triggered by having a compressed dataset and an L2ARC device.
  • Preserve the Samba SID across reboots and upgrades.
  • Fix two problems in the config file generator for CTL:
    1. Unbreak device extents when using physical devices or multi path devices.
    2. Unbreak the case when target auth or discover auth is set to Auto.
  • Fix a priviledge escalation issue.
  • Save debug now includes the output of zpool history.

Download the ISO/image here: http://www.freenas.org/download/

Full announcement: https://forums.freenas.org/index.php?threads/freenas-9-2-1-9-is-now-available.24899

FreeNAS 9.3 BETA is now available

FreeNAS_logo_lightThis FreeNAS update is a significant evolutionary step from previous FreeNAS releases.  It features a simplified and reorganized Web User Interface, support for Windows 2012 clustering, better integration with VMWare, a new and more secure update system with roll-back functionality, and hundreds of other technology enhancements. To encourage use of this BETA, we are also committed to making sure that every FreeNAS 9.3 BETA install will be able to upgrade to FreeNAS 9.3 RELEASE seamlessly!

A key feature of the FreeNAS 9.3 BETA release is its revamped user interface. It has been redesigned to place only the most common configuration options first in ‘Standard’ menus, moving the more esoteric options to ‘Advanced’ options, and this design pattern as has been used throughout the UI so everything is essentially more streamlined and less cluttered for novice users who essentially just want to use the defaults.

Read more from Jordan Hubbard here: https://forums.freenas.org/index.php?threads/freenas-9-3-beta-has-been-released.24612/

Download the BETA here: http://www.freenas.org/download/

Watch FreeNAS State of the Union with Jordan Hubbard below:

PC-BSD 10.1-RC2 released

pcbsdThe PC-BSD team is pleased to announce the availability of RC2 images for the upcoming PC-BSD 10.1 release. This RC includes many minor bug-fixes from RC2, along with new UEFI support for boot / install.

PC-BSD 10.1 notable Changes

* KDE 4.14.2
* GNOME 3.12.2
* Cinnamon 2.2.16
* Chromium 38.0.2125.104_1
* Firefox 33.0
* NVIDIA Driver 340.24
* Lumina desktop 0.7.0-beta
* Pkg 1.3.8_3
* New AppCafe HTML5 web/remote interface, for both desktop / server usage
* New CD-sized text-installer ISO files for TrueOS / server deployments
* New Centos 6.5 Linux emulation base
* New HostAP mode for Wifi GUI utilities
* Misc bug fixes and other stability improvements
* NEW! — UEFI support for boot and installation

Download the ISO/image here: http://www.pcbsd.org/en/download.html

Check out the official announcement here: http://blog.pcbsd.org/2014/11/pc-bsd-10-1-rc2-released/

PC-BSD 10.1-RC1 now available

pcbsdThe PC-BSD team is pleased to announce the availability of RC1 images for the upcoming PC-BSD 10.1 release.

PC-BSD Notable Changes

* KDE 4.14.2
* GNOME 3.12.2
* Cinnamon 2.2.16
* Chromium 38.0.2125.104_1
* Firefox 33.0
* NVIDIA Driver 340.24
* Lumina desktop 0.7.0-beta
* Pkg 1.3.8_3
* New AppCafe HTML5 web/remote interface, for both desktop / server usage
* New CD-sized text-installer ISO files for TrueOS / server deployments
* New Centos 6.5 Linux emulation base
* New HostAP mode for Wifi GUI utilities
* Misc bug fixes and other stability improvements

For the official announcement and downloads, head on over to the following: http://blog.pcbsd.org/2014/10/pc-bsd-10-1-rc1-released/

Related links

PC-BSD has a YouTube Channel, feel free to subscribe to them: http://blog.pcbsd.org/2014/10/pc-bsd-youtube-channel/

How to Install Owncloud in a FreeNAS jail

FreeNAS community member DrKK created a tutorial on how to install Owncloud in FreeNAS. Click play below to learn:

This is an oft-requested tutorial from the FreeNAS community. We go through, stream of consciousness style, from a bare FreeNAS, and fully install and configure a working OwnCloud server. I also show the installation and setup of the client software in Windows. It is a long video–around 40 minutes–but I think is worth the investment of time. Those just wanting to learn how to install OwnCloud in FreeBSD itself, or lighttpd in FreeBSD itself, may also find the video useful.

MineOS (Minecraft) Plugin for FreeNAS

http://static1.gamespot.com/uploads/scale_tiny/1197/11970954/2317972-2224507-box_minecraft.pngFreeNAS community member Josh Ruehlig has ported the Minecraft plugin called MineOS. In this video, he shows us how to get it configured and running in FreeNAS. Click play below to learn: