Microsoft is changing the security defaults for Active Directory to eliminate some security vulnerabilities in its protocols. These new security defaults may disrupt existing FreeNAS/TrueNAS deployments once Windows systems are updated. The Windows updates may appear sometime in March 2020; no official date has been announced as of yet.
The much-anticipated 3rd generation of our FreeNAS Mini products (the FreeNAS Mini E and XL+ models) was introduced in Q3 2019. After reviewing customer feedback and requests, we added the FreeNAS Mini E+ along with the option for all-flash configurations to the entire Mini lineup! The FreeNAS Mini E+ is built off of the same whisper-quiet enclosure as the FreeNAS Mini E, however, the Mini E+ has double the cores and threads, a higher CPU base frequency, and increased memory capacity and speed. The extra CPU and memory of the FreeNAS Mini E+ makes it well suited for running multiple Plugins and VMs.
iXsystems presents the February 2020 Newsletter.
TrueCommand 1.2 is now available as a VM or a Docker image and will soon be available as a cloud service. TrueCommand 1.2 enables deployment through several other packaging options. TrueCommand has been “containerized” to run as a Docker container on any infrastructure. The image is available in the Docker Hub and can be automatically deployed by container management platforms like Kubernetes, RedHat OpenShift, and Rancher. Updating from TrueCommand 1.1 to 1.2 requires a one-time straightforward migration. The updated VM disk image software includes the TrueCommand container. Future updates will be simplified by the use of containers.
The Plex Media Server is a popular Plugin available for FreeNAS, letting the user stream media directly from their FreeNAS system. Because Plugins reside inside a jail, Plex must have access to the media files to be shared which are generally stored in a separate dataset that is mounted inside the Plex Plugin jail. A media dataset can also be mounted in multiple jails to allow access to other Plugins like Radarr, Sonarr, or Sabnzbd to manage and share the centralized media.
Plugins are a technology for easily and securely deploying 3rd party applications directly on FreeNAS and TrueNAS storage systems. Users can use the web interface to deploy, start, stop, and update applications, along with configuration tasks such as assigning storage to them. This tutorial will walk through the creation of a SABnzbd newsreader Plugin using iocage based on the news/sabnzbdplus port to help users get involved in FreeNAS development and leverage FreeNAS as an application platform.
iXsystems has released FreeNAS 11.3 and has also begun taking orders for TrueNAS X-Series and M-Series systems with TrueNAS 11.3. Version 11.3 represents another major advancement in the quality and functionality of the leading Open Storage platform. Building upon the very popular API and Web UI improvements of the previous release, 11.3 introduces easy-setup wizards, major replication improvements, and over 500 other enhancements.
iXsystems presents the January 2020 Newsletter.
To take an honest look at performance and assist our users in sizing and selecting their TrueNAS systems, we collaborated with ESG to provide independent validation of the TrueNAS M50 in a comprehensive report. ESG’s review concluded that iXsystems can typically offer up to double the performance at half the cost of its major competitors.
Google Drive and G Suite are widely used tools for creating and sharing documents, spreadsheets, and presentations with team members. FreeNAS and TrueNAS offer the ability to back up Google Drive easily, using the built-in cloud sync. This blog will explain how to set up Google Drive sync with FreeNAS 11.3, as well as provide a few caveats and workarounds when backing up Google Docs and other Google created content.