FreeNAS 8.3.1-RELEASE-p1 is available

WARNING: FreeNAS 8.3.1-RELEASE-p1 has been found to be fatally flawed. Please download FreeNAS 8.3.1-RELEASE-p2 instead.

Josh Paetzel has announced FreeNAS 8.3.1-RELEASE-p1:

FreeNAS 8.3.1-RELEASE-p1 made it’s way to SF Friday of last week. It fixes a couple of small issues and provides a few small updates.

Serial numbers of disks are shown in the GUI.

Fixed a bug where extending an encrypted pool with more drives could blow away the encryption key.

Samba 3.6.13 (That seems to be missing from the rel notes, I’ll investigate later)

Downloads are here:

Release notes are here:


  1. Dan C

    I would love to see Plex running on Freenas! I’m considering moving to Ubuntu with ZFS just to get Plex. But I’d much rather do it on Freenas.

    • Anthony

      You may also consider OpenMediaVault since it runs under Debian and provides a pretty solid alternative to FreeNAS. The guy with the ESXi server had a good suggestion too.

  2. norbs

    @Dan C: You should build a ESXi 5.1 box. I run FreeNas, windows 7 and a hackintosh all on one box. I also have room to install more OSes for testing or whatever I want. Either way the Hackintosh vm is running my plex. The system uses and ivy bridge based cpu so it’s very low power.

  3. Z-Gradt

    I just put the finishing touches on my ESXi box. It is very sweet. Since FreeNAS is idle most of the time, it has plenty of resources to run Win8 media center to record TV, and a couple Debian VM’s to handle misc routing tasks. I can’t really recommend it unless you have the money and patience for it though. I found out the hard way that VMWare can’t map disks bigger than 2TB to a VM. I had to buy a new MB and a fancy 8 port SATA controller to support IOMMU and PCIe passthrough, and then beat ESXi and FreeNAS into submission to play nice with each other. It’s not for the faint-hearted. It is very nice to have everything running on one computer though.

    • ac

      I’m looking for a SATA-Controller to passthrough my HD’s. Which one do you use?

    • DD

      ESXi 5.x eliminates the 2TB disk limits. Running free version ESXi 5.0 with a RAID 5 array of 8 2TB drives on one server and two RAID 5 arrarys of 4 2TB drives on another.

  4. RC

    You neglect to mention ESXi doesnt have a gui when you plug a monitor into. Perhaps you are talking about VMware Workstation which supports 3D acceleration.


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