I’m pleased to announce the availability of FreeNAS 8.0-RELEASE
Release Notes for FreeNAS 8.0 Release
FreeNAS 8 should be installed to a USB stick or Compact Flash device. It
requires a device of at least 1 GB in size. In a departure from FreeNAS 0.7
releases, the OS drive can not be used as a component for a volume, nor can
it be partitioned for sharing.
Features in 8.0-RELEASE:
FreeNAS 8.0-RELEASE supports NFS, CIFS, AFP, FTP and TFTP as filesharing
mechanisms. It also supports exporting devices via iSCSI as an iSCSI target.
Active Directory or LDAP for user authentication.
The ZFS and UFS2 filesystems are supported. ZFS is the primary filesystem and
enables usage of many features, including quotas, snapshots, compression and
replication that are not available in UFS2.
The iSCSI Target software does not properly present multiple LUNs per target
to initiators. For the best results use one target per LUN.
The iSCSI target does not support a configuration reload. Changes to the
config restart the daemon.
Disks with certain configs can get get probed by geom and become essentially
unwritable without manual intervention. For instance, if you use disks that
have previously had a geom_mirror on them the system may pick that up and
the disks will be unavailable until the existing gmirror is stopped and
Some atom based systems with Realtek gigE interfaces have network performance
with FreeBSD 8.2
UPGRADES FROM FREENAS 0.7x ARE UNSUPPORTED
The system has no way to import configuration settings from 0.7 versions
of FreeNAS, but the volume importer should handle volumes created with FreeNAS
Please note that zpool upgrade is a one way street, and upgraded volumes will
not be usable with FreeNAS 0.7.x
A note about versions:
There’s been a huge jump in version numbers. The intention is to have the
version number reflect the base version of FreeBSD used. This RC is based
on FreeBSD 8.2, but this version of FreeNAS is called 8.0 as there are future
plans to add functionality that will get the versions caught up. Once
FreeNAS 8.2 is out, a suffix will be added, such as 8.2.1, 8.2.2, etc.
A note about filesystem technologies:
While this system does support UFS based volumes, such as gmirror, gstripe,
graid3, the primary focus is on ZFS. Many of the features are provided via
ZFS datasets, such as the ability to share subsets of volumes via CIFS.
This delta is likely to increase over time, the compelling reasons to use
ZFS are likely to increase as well. It is highly recommended to use ZFS
for new volumes, even if the underlying device is a volume exported by a
hardware RAID controller.
The following two upgrade images are available for versions of FreeNAS 8 that
have GUI upgrade capability.
New installs can be done by using a bootable ISO or by writing an image to a
bootable device directly.
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