FreeNAS 11.0 is Now Here

After several FreeNAS Release Candidates, FreeNAS 11.0 was released today. This version brings new virtualization and object storage features to the World’s Most Popular Open Source Storage Operating System. FreeNAS 11.0 adds bhyve virtual machines to its popular SAN/NAS, jails, and plugins, letting you use host web-scale VMs on your FreeNAS box. It also gives users S3-compatible object storage services, which turns your FreeNAS box into an S3-compatible server, letting you avoid reliance on the cloud. For a quick summary of what’s new in FreeNAS 11.0, watch the video below.

FreeNAS 11.0 is based on FreeBSD 11-STABLE, which adds the latest drivers and performance improvements. Users will benefit from the overall systematic, architectural, and performance improvements.

FreeNAS 11.0 also introduces the beta version of a new administration GUI. The new GUI is based on the popular Angular framework and the FreeNAS team expects the GUI to be themeable and feature complete by 11.1. The new GUI follows the same flow as the existing GUI, but looks better. For now, the FreeNAS team has released it in beta form to get input from the FreeNAS community. The new GUI, as well as the classic GUI, are selectable from the login screen.

 

 

Also new in FreeNAS 11 is an Alert Service page which configures the system to send critical alerts from FreeNAS to other applications and services such as Slack, PagerDuty, AWS, Hipchat, InfluxDB, Mattermost, OpsGenie, and VictorOps. FreeNAS 11.0 has an improved Services menu that adds the ability to manage which services and applications are started at boot.

 

 

The FreeNAS community is large and vibrant. We invite you to join us on the FreeNAS forum and the #freenas IRC channel on Freenode. To download FreeNAS and sign-up for the FreeNAS Newsletter, visit freenas.org/download.

The FreeNAS Development Team

68 Comments

  1. Bostjan

    Is it possible to upgrade through GUI from 9.10.x to FreeNAS 11? Or does it require fresh install?

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    • Cheejyg

      Yes, just change the train.

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    • Jairo Hernández Arevalo

      If I have performed this update without problems

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  2. guille

    Hi! is there any issue if I do the update from Corral to 11?

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    • Joon Lee

      Thank you for your support!

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    • Joon Lee

      Thank you and ENJOY!

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  3. Gelo

    Looks cool. I will install it on my esxi tomorrow.

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    • Joon Lee

      Have fun!

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    • Joon Lee

      😀

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  4. Michael Etienne

    Hi,

    Thus is a great news, but what if people like me using freenas corral? Since we don’t get update anymore. Is it safe to upgrade from Corral to freenas 11??

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  5. sntx

    Its great! Thank you and all community members!

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    • Joon Lee

      Thank you for your support!

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  6. darren

    oho….user interface rgt

    thanks guys…appreciate for the great efforts

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    • Joon Lee

      Thank you, Darren!

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    • Joon Lee

      Thank you for your support!

      Reply
  7. Ash Vince

    Now give those of us stuck on corral who upgraded when it was stable an upgrade path, no matter how different the configuration data is.

    The corral upgrade migrated our configuration automatically, so now find a way to go in the opposite direction.

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    • Joon Lee

      Unfortunately, not happening…

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  8. Borja

    GUI looks beautiful, great job! What about support for docker containers?

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    • Joon Lee

      After 11.1!

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  9. Thejocker

    thanks for the upgrade!!

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    • Joon Lee

      Thanks for the support!

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    • Joon Lee

      Thank you for your support!

      Reply
  10. freenas

    How do i update from freenas 11.0 rc3 ?

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  11. Brad

    If running over 80% capacity, is the upgrade process straight forward? (10 to 11) From memory I think the upgrade from 9-10 was broken if over 80% of capacity was used.

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  12. Rusif

    perfectly!!! thanks

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    • Joon Lee

      You’re welcome!

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  13. Jon

    I’ve been a FreeNAS user for a little over 8 years, and after the issues I’ve had with Corral, I am happy to see a new stable release that addresses those concerns. I teach an IT course and one of the hands on labs the students have to complete is building a FreeNAS server from the ground up; this new stable is making my life much easier. Thanks again guys for the awesome work you do!

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    • Joon Lee

      Thank you for your support!

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    • Joon Lee

      Thank you for your support, Jon!

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  14. KDragon75

    I must be missing something. You mentioned a 20% performance improvement in the kernel but offer no further explanation of benchmarks. I looked at the “Testing” link and see the FreeBSD 11.0-RELEASE Release Notes page. Nowhere do I see any claims of 20% performance increase. I did see the change in pf packet hashing claiming a 3% pps gain but nothing further. I would love to learn more about your benchmarking methods so that we may verify and substantiate your claims.

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  15. Ryan

    The encryption facility used by FreeNAS is designed to protect against physical theft of the disks. It is not designed to protect against unauthorized software access. Ensure that only authorized users have access to the administrative GUI and that proper permissions are set on shares if sensitive data is stored on the system.

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  16. Frank

    why freenas always uses freebsd STABLE version not release version?

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    • Joshms

      Hey Frank! We are often bringing important fixes and improvements into FreeNAS long before it hits a “release” of FreeBSD. I hope that answers your question.

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  17. andy

    Looks good. Will test it out

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    • Joshms

      Great! Let us know if we can help.

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  18. Ben

    Thanks for your hard work. Love FreeNas!

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    • Joshms

      Thank you!

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  19. Eric Condon

    When will the issues with Plex be fixed regarding the inability to see the mounted drives ?

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    • Joshms

      Thanks for your question Eric. Setting Plex up to see mounted drives follows the same process as exposing any other dataset. Have you had a chance to review our documentation on mounting datasets? If you’re still having trouble please consider filing a bug on bugs.freenas.org so that we can look into the issue a little more closely.

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    • Tom

      Just wanted to pass on my personal experience. Performance bogged down so bad running Plex under FreeNas that I ended up putting up a VM on my Xenserver host to run Plex. Mounted the FreeNas storage for the media and then it worked fine. Again, just my personal experience

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  20. Milton

    Just upgraded from 9.10.-U6 without any problem in my LenovoThinkcentre box. Easy and fast. Everything working fine and new features in classic web GUI very useful.
    Expecting new updates to test my iohyve VM’s in webGUI but for now console managing is very easy and fast and I love it.
    Also tested new webGUI, but in my firefox 52 found some errors in buttons and fonts, so back to classic that works so well.
    Anyway great, great job FreeNAS Team!!!
    From now I’m more FreeNAS-dictive that I was, if it’s possible.Thanks for your work guys!

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    • Joon Lee

      Thank you Milton! Let us know if we can help!

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  21. Jake Ballard

    When I switch to the new GUI, it looks nothing like the beautiful black GUI that was in the FreeNAS 10 betas. It just just a plain blue theme with no pixmaps, and the buttons are all sized wrong. What gives?

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    • Joon Lee

      We are still working on improving the GUI. Please bear with us for now. Improvements to the GUI are coming.

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  22. Jeff Carson

    Great job to all FreeNas Development Team, FreeNAS, is extremely stable, easy to set up, and laser-focused on storing and sharing files across your home network. All you need is a working system with a reliable hard drive (or three) and a little time to configure everything.

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    • Joon Lee

      Thanks for the support, Jeff!

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  23. Anil

    Am using freenas 11 . Installed one week back, successfully worked both server and GUI , Yesterday on words when am trying to login getting error:
    Forbidden (403) 
    CSRF verification failed. Request aborted.
    You are seeing this message because this site requires a CSRF cookie when submitting forms. This cookie is required for security reasons, to ensure that your browser is not being hijacked by third parties.
    If you have configured your browser to disable cookies, please re-enable them, at least for this site, or for ‘same-origin’ requests

    Please assist, Thank you

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    • Joon Lee

      Hi Anil,

      Try clearing the browser cache, history, and then cookies.

      Reply
  24. Dee

    As an embedded system appliance, FreeNAS boots from a USB Flash device or SATA DOM. This image is configured using a USB Flash/CD-ROM bootable installer. The FreeNAS operating system is fully independent of its storage disks, allowing its configuration database and encryption keys to be backed up and restored to a fresh installation of the OS. This separation also allows for FreeNAS system upgrades to be performed through the web interface.

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  25. Dee

    If you do want a standard Debian Linux-based solution that can run standard KVM virtual machines, LXC cointainers, Docker containers and manage ZFS, Ceph and other storage solutions, check out the STH guide Create the Ultimate Virtualization and Container Setup (KVM, LXC, Docker) with Management GUIs

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  26. Bherts

    Hello,
    is it possible to use NAS as repository?can we mount shared folder or drive?

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  27. Jarrodl332

    Will FreeNas support IP security cameras and NVR/DVR options.?

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    • Joon Lee

      Please check out the forums regarding this as some users have done this.

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  28. SMVS16

    how can I do backups

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    • Joon Lee

      Please check the FreeNAS forums! forums.freenas.org

      Reply
  29. Martin

    Just upgraded from 10-stable to 11.1-U04 and it worked perfectly!

    Only thing is that the user interface didnt change – how do I get the new black scheme UI?

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  30. Iwan

    Does freeNas 11 support ceph as backend? For example to mount cephfs and share it with samba?

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    • Joon Lee

      Not at this time, but there are plans to add support in the future

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  31. Martin Haas

    I am happy to say, that this is my first upgrade, and not small i moved from Freenas 9.10 – U1 to freenas 11.1-U6.

    And wait for it… Everythings works ! Nice works guys

    1)My Iohyve machines from 9.10 just move to 11.1 Web-UI added disk and its works!
    2)Jails – Works !
    3) freenas boot after update ! 😀 each upgrade what i did last years ago end by clean install of freenas 😀

    So Thanks you guys this is right way.

    Martin

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    • Joon Lee

      Thanks for the support, Martin! Glad everything worked out.

      Here are some resources you can utilize.

      forums.freenas.org
      The FreeNAS Consortium on Facebook

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  32. Max

    It is so impressive to see the reports of those who dared to upgrade from 9->11 without issue.
    I was apprehensive just installing the incrementals 9.10-U1->9.10->U3 since it required reboot. My experience with commercial Unix (HP-UX,IRIX,Solaris,etc) was that only major releases would necessitate reboot. But since I had been having hanging issues which apparantly were only resolved by hard reboot I’m game.
    If the incremental goes well I will gain confidence in progressing to 11 and report back good or bad.
    This community is the best! I have many other NASes but FreeNAS is by far the one with least issues and most performance.

    Reply

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