FreeNAS 9.2.1 RC2 Bring New Web API for ZFS Snapshots and more…

FreeNAS, a free implementation of a minimal FreeBSD distribution, has just reached version 9.2.1 RC2.

FreeNAS 9.2.1 RC2 has introduced a large number of functional changes as compared to the 8.x branch, not to mention the fact that it also comes with numerous fixes, in comparison with the 9.x branch.

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New FreeNAS 8.3.1 Released With New Full ZFS Partition Encryption

The FreeNAS developers have released the first point update toFreeNAS 8.3, which introduced version 28 of the ZFS filesystem and FreeBSD 8.3. FreeNAS 8.3.1 introduces the ability to set up full disk encryption on ZFS volumes and several other smaller improvements. FreeNAS is a FreeBSD-based Network Attached Storage (NAS) distribution that enables users to easily set up and control their own storage and file servers.

FreeNAS 8.3.1 uses FreeBSD’s GELI tool to implement ZFS full disk encryption and will make use of hardware acceleration for this purpose where available. According to the developers, “this type of encryption is primarily targeted at users who store sensitive data and want to retain the ability to remove disks from the pool without having to first wipe the disk’s contents”. The FreeNAS wiki includes a section on ZFS encryption to help users decide which method of encryption is best for them. The FreeNAS developers ask users to consult the documentation about the encryption features they are about to use, before encrypting data, as mistakes can mean that users are left with an encrypted volume that is protected by strong AES 256 encryption without a means to access it. (more…)

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Tentang FreeNAS 8.0.3

James Nixon mengumumkan rilis FreeNAS 8.0.3 kemarin dengan sejumlah pembaruan penting bagi sistem NAS (Network Attached Storage) yang berbasis FreeBSD ini. Berikut adalah catatan rilis dari FreeNAS 8.0.3:


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  • Use smaller block and frag sizes for /etc and /var .
  • Import a build tweak to nuke /var/db/pkg to save ~7MB space.
  • Other build tweaks to remove non-essential features and packages from the image.
  • Disable output to /var/log/console.log in non-debug builds to avoid unnecessary duplication in /var/log/messages .
  • Upgrade ataidle to 2.6.
  • Upgrade nut / net-snmp to 2.6.2 and 5.7.1, respectively.
  • Import omnibus build system fixes to fix the fact that the 8.0.3-BETA1 image was broken due to the environment of the build machine where it was produced on. This also fixes other items, such as DDNS because of build environment tainting.
  • Increase the /var md size from 74MB to 160MB s.t. samba will be able to service requests copying large sets of files, and the rest of the system will be able to play nicely with samba to a certain degree. More tuning is required for larger samba userbases.


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