Values entered into fields, or device names Enter A NAS has an operating system optimized for file storage and sharing. The built-in networking protocols provide storage access to multiple operating systems. A plugin system is provided for extending the built-in features by installing additional software. New Features in 9. This makes updates safer and testing different versions more convenient.
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FreeNAS 0. Please sign up today! This is a major release, which introduces support for the ZFS file system among other things. FreeNAS also supports several types of media streaming protocols and can act like an iTunes server.
This makes it attractive to blow the dust off an old Pentium 2 or 3 PC, put a couple of hard drives in it and make it a NAS. All of this makes FreeNAS a popular operating system for central storage and media streaming at home.
Installation FreeNAS has downloads for bit and bit hardware, in a live version and an installable version. After the installer has booted, it shows the user a simple menu in the console to set up the basics. The user can assign network interfaces, set IP addresses, reset the password for the web interface or reset all settings to the factory defaults, open a shell, reboot or shutdown the system, and install or upgrade FreeNAS to a hard drive or USB stick.
Most of that is just for troubleshooting, because the bulk of the settings are available in the web interface. Configuration Once FreeNAS has been assigned an IP address, the user can surf to the web interface in a browser and log in with the default user name and password. The first thing FreeNAS displays is some system information, such as the CPU and memory usage, the load averages and the disk space usage.
The next steps are formatting and choosing a mount point. It can also share a disk as an iSCSI target to another computer in the local network. In general, the web interface is intuitive enough to do a lot of things without having to look up the documentation.
At the same time, it is really powerful, with even the possibility to edit arbitrary files, run arbitrary commands, tune some FreeBSD kernel parameters with sysctl or add variables to rc. It also shows a lot of status information. Death of a FreeBSD descendant? During the last few months, the future of the FreeNAS project seemed in peril. Some reasons he listed for this switch are: The Debian installer is more customizable than the hand-written FreeNAS install scripts.
Linux has a working sensor framework to check the temperature and fan speeds. The system can be updated with the Debian package manager. Linux has better driver support. I also thought about how to remove all these limitations of the previous versions to make it more enhanceable. The more I thought about it the more I came to the conclusion that it will be necessary to reimplement everything to get rid of these limitations. His eye fell quickly on the Debian infrastructure, which seemed to reduce the work to get a new FreeNAS to a minimum.
Would they have to migrate their freshly installed data to another file system in the next release? He agreed with Volker that a full rewrite of the FreeNAS base is needed, and he clarified that this will happen along two different paths. Matt added that iXsystems will start digging through the forums and search some low hanging fruit to implement in the first future release of FreeNAS, an upgrade to FreeBSD 8.
So, in the end, a crisis has been averted and, with luck, everyone will be happy. In addition, they get commercial backing by iXsystems. The users that have been asking for features such as Wake-on-LAN, a sensor framework, and more hardware support get their rewrite to Linux, done by Volker in his spare time. Log in to post comments FreeNAS 0. Does anybody here have experience trying to get a couple TB worth of ZFS storage on a low-end machine? So on and so forth.
Btrfs is still about a year away, I figure.
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Requesting Software for 8. This is a maintenance release of FreeNAS 0. You can use this if you would like to suggest further information that should appear in that section of the Handbook. Some reasons he listed for this switch are:. This version has been tested in the nightlies for several months now, but just to play it safe we are asking for users to test out this release and let documentatlon know immediately if anything regresses.
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