FreeNAS 8.2.0 Beta 3

FreeNAS 8.2.0 Beta 3

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BSD License
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Developer:
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April 20th, 2012

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FreeNAS 8.2.0 Beta 3 Description

FreeNAS 8.2.0 Beta 3 brings you an advanced, minimal and convenient to use Open Source Storage Platform which is based on FreeBSD and supports sharing across Windows, Apple, and UNIX-like systems. FreeNAS 8 includes ZFS, which supports high storage capacities and integrates file systems and volume management into a single piece of software.    

Major Features:
  1. Feature Chart
    • FreeNAS 8 has FreeNAS has a really large feature set. This list has most of the user-facing ones, along with a brief description.
    • Thin Provisioning is another excellent addition to the FreeNAS features list. Thin Provisioning allows the administrator to allocate users more space than physically exists in the system. When paired with ZFS, it becomes easy to manage your total data pool size, and quickly and effectively grow to meet your users needs as they use more of their allotted space.
  2. Thin Provisioning
    • Remote Replication allows you to copy a snapshot to an offsite server, for maximum data security. This provides an excellent disaster recovery service, so even in the worst situations, you're covered.
  3. Backup and Restore
    • FreeNAS 8 is based on FreeBSD 8.x, and will update and keep current with the FreeBSD project. So if you're a savvy user, and prefer to use the command line, no problem! ssh in, and control your FreeNAS device from the FreeNAS custom CLI.
  4. Command Line Interface
    • FreeNAS is based on FreeBSD 8.2 and features much of the same driver support. This gives anyone building their own FreeNAS device or re-purposing old hardware a wide selection of hardware choices.
  5. Driver Support
    • If your data is somehow lost, FreeNAS makes it easy to restore from a previously generated snapshot. With the periodic snapshots feature, you can worry less about data loss, and use your system stress free. It takes far less time than a full backup, but a continuous set of snapshots will provide the same level of protection.
  6. Snapshots
    • One of FreeNAS 8's most important features is full support for the ZFS filesystem. ZFS includes data integrity protection, practically unlimited size caps, cloneable snapshots, automatic repair, RAID-Z, and more. ZFS is fully open-source, and is a great way to store and manage your important files.
  7. Zettabyte File System
    • FreeNAS 8 features a ground up redesign of the web user interface. No mess, no fuss – your server is easily controlled from any web-enabled device. Configuration is straightforward and simple, and you can make your changes on the fly.
  8. Web User Interface
    • FreeNAS supports many popular networking protocols, and is easy to set up in most home and enterprise environments. You'll be up and running in no time, and your users can connect with the protocol of your choice, no matter what operating system they run.
  9. File Sharing

Enhancements: 

  • The image size increased in 8.0.1-BETA3. The new size requires a 2 GB storage device. The GUI upgrade can be used to upgrade a system from BETA3, BETA4, or RC1 but upgrades from earlier releases can only be done from the CD. The other option is to save the config, reinstall the new version, then restore the config.
  • FreeBSD can be really touchy with hardware. Please be sure to update your BIOS/BMC firmware when upgrading / installing FreeNAS if you run into OS hang issues. There have been cases identified where a BIOS upgrade has fixed driver hangs, and/or other issues with FreeNAS; one such example was with an Intel 82578DC motherboard, as noted in the FreeNAS 8 forum thread titled "8.0.3-RELEASE coming soon..": http://bit.ly/rq78Q3 , post # 70-88. Again, please only do this if you experience booting / runtime issues, as some vendors don't test FreeBSD interoperability as much as others between major firmware releases.
  • Previous builds were branded as i386/amd64 (32-bit and 64-bit respectively). 8.0.3-RC1+ rebranded the architectures as x86 and x64, respectively.
  • 8.0.1 and 8.0.2 images advertised CIFS shares to Macs by default but 8.0.3 and later images don't advertise CIFS shares by default. If you want to advertise CIFS shares in 8.0.3 and later, be sure to turn on "Zeroconf" support in the CIFS global settings.
  • Builds prior to 8.0.3-RELEASE with 'CIFS' didn't actually have AIO (asynchronous I/O) enabled. So, if you experience performance degradation after upgrading from prior versions of FreeNAS to 8.0.3-RELEASE or newer, turn off AIO or tune the AIO size from '1' to something more reasonable (the new default in 8.0.3-RELEASE-p1 is 4096 or 4kB).
  • Improvements
    • GUI
      • A major refactoring of the plugin structure has been done.
    • iSCSI
      • Target reload is now supported for adding and removing (but not changing) targets on the fly. The Logical Unit Controller is used for this, reload wil not function if the LUC is not enabled.
    • CIFS
      • Samba has been upgraded to 3.6.4 to address the security issues in 3.6.3
  • Bugfixes
    • GUI
      • Fix a javascript error that affected IE8. 
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