A third beta release of FreeNAS version 11.2 has been released. With this software, a networked computer can be used as ‘network attached storage’, so purely for the storage of data. Additional functionality can be added with plug-ins. The whole is based on FreeBSD and features a clear web interface. More information about the possibilities of FreeNAS can be found on this page .
FreeNAS version 11.2 includes an Angular based user interface. Furthermore, grub has been announced, in favor of FreeBSD’s own bootloader, and that same fate has been dropped, in favor of iocage. The complete release notes for this release can be found below.
We are pleased to announce the general availability of FreeNAS 11.2-BETA3. This third BETA of the 11.2 series is considered to be complete and ready for testing. Users, especially those who use Plugins, Jails, or VMs, are encouraged to update this issue. Please report any bugs to here .
To update to this release, select the 11.2-STABLE train in System → Update. Should you need to return to the 11.1 series after updating, reboot and select that boot environment from the boot menu. These major features are new in the 11.2 series:
- The login screen defaults to the new, Angular-based UI. Users who wish to continue to use the classic UI can select “Legacy UI” in the login screen.
- Beginning with this release, the screenshots that appear in the published version of the Guide and in the Guide icon within the new UI are for the new UI. However, users who click on the icon on the website UI will continue to see screenshots for the old UI. The reworking is in a future release.
- The rewrite from the old API to the new middlewared continues. Once the API stabilizes and completes, [apifreenasorg will be deprecated and replaced by API documentation. In the mean time, see the API documentation for the new middleware, log into the new UI, click on the URL for the FreeNAS system in your browser’s location bar, and add / api / docs to the end or that URL.
- The boot loader has changed from GRUB to the native FreeBSD boot loader. This should resolve several issues that some users experienced with GRUB. GRUB was done as a temporary solution until the FreeBSD boot loader had full support for boot environments, which it now has.
- The Plugins and Jails backend has switched from warden to iocage and warden will no longer receive bug fixes. The new UI will automatically use iocage to create and manage Plugins and Jails. Users are encouraged to recreate any existing Plugins and Jails using the new UI to ensure that they are running the latest supported application versions.
- Virtual Machines are more crash-resistant. When a guest is started, the amount of available memory is checked and an initialization error will occur if there is insufficient system resources. When a guest is stopped, its resources are returned to the system. In addition, the UEFI boot menu fix allows Linux kernels 4.15 and higher to boot properly.
- Cloud Sync Tasks Provides configuration options for encrypted data before it is transmitted to the cloud. The filenames can also be encrypted.
- Preliminary support has been added for Self-Encrypting Drives (SEDs).
- OpenZFS is up-to-date with Illumos and on Linux. Notable improvements include channel programs, data disk removal, more resilient volume import, the ability to import a pool with missing vdevs, pool checkpoints, improved compressed ARC performance, and SIL batching. Note that many of these improvements have not yet been incorporated into the UI.
Due to a regression, it is currently impossible to mirror the boot device. This […]
These plugins have been removed from the Plugins. tested as working, with these caveats:
- some still do not display the correct version number in the UI
- if a Plex installation fails, try again until it succeeds
The aim is to have these plugins issues resolved for RC1. Refer to 39573 for the BETA3 plugin versions, testing details, and associated WIP tickets.