FreeNAS 8.0.3 Release Notes

*** IMPORTANT ***

  • 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.

Changes since 8.0.2-RELEASE

Enhancements

OS/Third party

  • 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.

GUI

  • Add kernel tunable / sysctl support.

Middleware

  • Hide Etc/GMT* timezones as they’re behavior is counterintuitive and conflicts with Windows 7 semantics (see r8707).

AD/CIFS

  • Bump samba from 3.5.11 to 3.6.1.
  • Address simple failure cases with getting Kerberos tickets (clock skew) and joining AD domains (invalid passwords, bad short domain names, etc) so that users could better rectify improperly configured NAS boxes; this means that if either of these cases fail, the GUI will now inform the user that the ‘Active Directory’ service is stopped.
  • Fix cachetool to better prevent potential race condition at boot between winbindd and ix-cache.
  • Add knob for enabling/disabling Zeroconf/Bonjour (avahi) support in the GUI. For technical reasons outside of the author’s control, this feature defaults to off when upgrading FreeNAS. FreeNAS admins anticipating that they will have Mac users attempting to connect to CIFS shares should enable this feature.

AFP

  • Bump netatalk to 2.2.1.
  • Add knob for controlling the maximum number of configurable connections (see ticket: 847).
  • Only advertise services via avahi if they’re enabled (see ticket: 852).

Rsync

  • NFSv4 ACL support (see: r8375, r8414).

Bugfixes

OS/Third party

  • Fix NTFS volume imports.

GUI

  • ZFS volume deletion failed when trying to delete zvol with the name ‘zvol’.
  • SSH pubkey saving was broken unless you manually add a newline to the text box.
  • Fix traceback when trying to edit user if ssh public key was not specified.
  • Fix the bug in rsync tasks where it would strip the trailing ‘/’ off the end of the destination path.
  • Fix a validation error when editing users / groups in 8.0.2+ where if one entered in a path that wasn’t valid, the GUI would traceback instead of punting the actual validation error.
  • Fix an issue where if one entered in an invalid path, the GUI would traceback instead of providing feedback stating that the directory provided was invalid.

Middleware

  • Rsync task/crontab generation was broken with AD usernames and other unsanitized input.
  • Fix email regressions since 8.0.2-RELEASE-p1 (SMART emails now work with more than one recipient, non-SMTP authentication based emails work again).
  • Fix an issue where if one autosnap process was killed uncleanly, more autosnap processes could back up and eventually deadlock the system.
  • Fix an issue where the ZFS scrub cronjobs would execute every 30 days instead of a number divisible by 7, so what would generally happen is that ZFS scrubs would generally execute in the middle of the week.
  • Fix setting httpd to listen on an interface which is not the first interface.
  • Add logic to create home directories on demand instead of failing ‘silently’ if the path to the directory didn’t already exist.
  • Fix ‘detaching’ NTFS/UFS volumes so that it unmounts the volume in the FreeBSD backend.

AD/CIFS

  • Change the default workgroup from FREENAS to WORKGROUP as having the same name for the workgroup and the hostname is illegal per the SMB/CIFS protocol.

Cosmetic items

  • Change “SSH key” in GUI to “SSH Public Key”.
  • Fix GUI trademarks and branding to be more consistent with proper branding, similar to what TrueNAS does today.

Major changes since 8.0.1-RELEASE

  • The email subsystem was not working correctly in 8.0.1-RELEASE, which resulted in the system not being able to send mail, as well as of the alerting system in the GUI.

Changes since 8.0.1-RELEASE

  • Allow decimal numbers for a dataset quota. (r8728)
  • Fix setting recursive ACLs. (r8270)
  • Start proftpd after ix-ssl to use the correct SSL cert. (r8246)
  • Use wildcards in cron and rsync jobs instead of listing all values. (r8214, r8211)
  • Fix case in iSCSI targets to match the behavior specified by RFC 3722. (r8120)

Changes since 8.0-RELEASE

There’s too much to list here, but the high points are:

  • Divorced the volume members in the database from the FreeBSD devices. This resolves an issue where FreeBSD can change devices names and the GUI doesn’t pick up the updates due to the devices names being hard-wired in the database.
  • Support exporting ZFS zvols (virtual devices) as device extents via iSCSI. 8.0 was only able to export physical device nodes or file based extents.
  • The GUI now has an event notification system.
  • The email backend has been refactored.
  • Many many changes in the GUI to help it validate and sanitize inputs that are passed to the backend daemons.
  • Added UPS functionality.
  • Added rsync client and server functionality.
  • Added the ability to schedule cron jobs in the GUI.
  • Vastly improved and reworked snapshot replication.

Errata

  • CHAP doesn’t work with GlobalSAN initiators on OS X.
  • Upgrades from FreeNAS 0.7 aren’t supported.
  • The installer doesn’t check the size of the install media before attempting an install. A 2 GB device is required, but the install will appear to complete successfully on smaller devices, only to fail at boot.
  • The installer will let you switch from i386 to amd64 architecture and vice-versa, but some files, such as the rrd files used by the statistics graphing package are architecture dependent.

Downloads

Filename:
FreeNAS-8.0.3-RELEASE-x64.Full_Install.xz SHA256 Hash:
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Filename:
FreeNAS-8.0.3-RELEASE-x64.GUI_Upgrade.xz SHA256 Hash:
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Filename:
FreeNAS-8.0.3-RELEASE-x64.iso SHA256 Hash:
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Filename:
FreeNAS-8.0.3-RELEASE-x86.Full_Install.xz SHA256 Hash:
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Filename:
FreeNAS-8.0.3-RELEASE-x86.GUI_Upgrade.xz SHA256 Hash:
79693b275c8de179b18f68fbbea1c42beb7b0e2397f88ae8927609afa19f9fdb

Filename:
FreeNAS-8.0.3-RELEASE-x86.iso SHA256 Hash:
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