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15 June 2011, 10:59

FreeNAS 0.7.2 adds virtual machine guest support

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FreeNAS Logo The FreeNAS project has released version 0.7.2 of its FreeBSD-based network-attached storage (NAS) UNIX-like server operating system. FreeNAS includes a full web configuration graphical user interface (GUI) and supports the FTP, NFS, CIFS (Samba), AFP, rsync and iSCSI protocols, and software RAID (0,1,5) – support for ZFS was added in version 0.7.

Code-named "Sabanda", FreeNAS 0.7.2 is a legacy branch update based on FreeBSD 7.3-p6 that is aimed at users who do not yet want to upgrade to version 8.0, released in early May. According to the developers, the 0.7.2 release includes a number of updates that improve FreeNAS's functions and overall stability. Changes include iSCSI and ZFS updates, support for on-die AMD CPU thermal sensors, and updates to the translations for the web interface (WEBGUI). Support for virtual machine guests (VMware and VirtualBox) has also been added.

In addition to the usual bug fixes, the update offers several major changes and updates to the included components, such as version 2.22 of the Transmission BitTorrent client, PHP 5.3.6, version 1.4.28 of the lighttpd web server and Samba 3.5.6 – Samba 3.5.9 was released yesterday. Before upgrading to the latest release, the developers advise users to first back up the configuration file, system disk and all of their data.

Further information about the release can be found in a post on the FreeNAS Team Blog and on the FreeNAS Wiki. FreeNAS is available to download for 32 and 64-bit. Once downloaded, it can be installed on a Compact Flash card, USB flash drive, hard drive or run as a LiveCD that saves the configuration file to a USB drive or floppy disk. Hosted on SourceForge, FreeNAS is released under the BSD licence; development is sponsored by iXsystems.

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