freenas-ixsystems-new-logoThe FreeNAS project has released another point update to FreeNAS 9.2.1, i.e. FreeNAS This one fixes a number of issues in as well as addressing the “shellshock“‘ security vulnerability in bash (to which FreeNAS is not generally vulnerable as bash is not the system shell, but it was still worth fixing).

The list of bugs fixed in can be found here.

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Amahi Home Server 7.4 released

Aamahi logomahi Home Server, the free, open-source home server platform, has been updated to version 7.4. This release comes with a whole range of improvements and enhancements in terms of usability, features and plugins.

The Greyhole interface has had an update, so it’s now even easier to configure and manage storage pools on the platform.

the Greyhole UI app. Also a plugin-based app, the long awaited return of a graphical interface for Greyhole allows easier management of your pool of drives

Also, there’s a new plugin framework which make plugin development and updates easier.

The biggest addition is the introduction a new Amahi plugin system which enables new kinds of apps. This system broadens the capabilities of what apps can accomplish, tapping into the core capabilities of Amahi systems.

And, there’s now an Amahi Android plugin.

Full details of this release and download links can be found in here: Beam me up Amahi: Plugins, Greyhole UI, Android app Beta

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OpenMediaVault 1.0 “Kralizec” released


After two years in private development until 2011 and four years since,  Volker Theile has announced today the availability of OpenMediaVault 1.0 “Kralizec”.

The developers call OpenMediaVault (OMV) “a next generation network attached storage (NAS) solution” which is available for free and open-source. OMV is based on Debian 7 Wheezy 7 and developed for us in home environments or small home offices, but is not limited to those places.

OMV contains services like SSH, (S)FTP, SMB/CIFS, DAAP media server, RSync, BitTorrent client and many more. Thanks to the modular design of the framework it can be enhanced via plugins.

OMV has very low resource requirements (i486 or amd64 platform with 1Gb RAM) and can even be run on low-power ARM systems like the Raspberry Pi.

OpenMediaVault 1.0 comes with many bug fixes, performance tweaks, plugin support improvements, security updates and many other changes which can be found in the OpenMediaVault 1.0 release announcement.

Congratulations to Volker Theile and the development team on reaching this milestone.


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FreeNAS ZFS volumes and snapshots tutorial (video)

freenas-ixsystems-new-logoThe FreeNAS guys at iXsystems have put together a video tutorial showing you how to set up ZFS volumes in FreeNAS and how to take snapshots. It also goes into the difference RAIDZ options you have when setting up your FreeNAS server (RAIDZ, RAIDZ2, RAIDZ10).

Remember, when you set up your FreeNAS server with ZFS, the most important thing, and probably half the job, is that you exactly work out how many drives you need/want, together with which RAIDZ(x) option.

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OpenMediaVault 0.6 Updated WebGUI Design

Volker Theile has uploaded a video showing of the new WebGUI theme of the upcoming OpenMediaVault 0.6 ‘Kralizec’.

There seems to be a recent trend in apps and web management systems to use really simplified, one colour icons. The new OpenMediaVault uses beautiful icons, I know this is subjective.

OpenMediaVault 0.6 web gui

Watch the demo here:

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