Software update: FreeNAS 11.2

Dec

6

2018

final 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 can be found on this page, these are the most important improvements in brief:

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 using the classic UI can select “LEGACY WEB INTERFACE” in the login screen.
Beginning with this release, there are two published versions of the 11.2 User Guide: one contains the screenshots for the new UI using the default dark theme and the other screenshots for the legacy UI . The UI is deprecated in a future release. Both versions contain a menu selector, making it easy to navigate between different versions of the Guide.
The rewrite from the old API to the new middlewared continues. Once the API stabilizes and the rewrite is complete, api.freenas.org will be deprecated and replaced by the new 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 of 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 been switched from and 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 and stored in the cloud. The filenames can also be encrypted. Additionally, support has been added for these providers: Amazon Cloud Drive, Box, Dropbox, FTP, Google Drive, HTTP, Hubic, Mega, Microsoft OneDrive, pCloud, SFTP, WebDAV, and Yandex.
Support has been added for Self-Encrypting Drives (SEDs).
OpenZFS is up-to-date with Illumos and is slightly ahead due to support for sorted scrubs that were ported from ZFS 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 need to be implemented in the UI.
FreeNAS 11.1 screenshot (620 pix)

Version number 11.2
Release status Final
Operating systems BSD
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