Category Archives: NAS O/S

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.

Nexenta’s NexentaStor 4.0 released

logo_nexentaNexenta has announced that NexentaStor 4.0 is now generally available. The latest version of NexentaStor provides users with significant improvements to performance, reliability and functionality of the SDS solution. Like the previous version, NexentaStor will be available in two editions: A Community Edition (a free, full-featured, community supported software for configurations up to 18TB), and an Enterprise Edition (licensed by the size of the storage pool). Additionally, NexentaStor 4.0 is Citrix and VMware Ready and certified to run on a variety of reference hardware configurations from strategic technology and channel partners.

From the Release Announcement:

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NexentaStor 3.1.5 Release Available Now

logo_nexentaMichael Letschin has announced the release of NexentaStor 3.1.5, a new version of the project’s specialist distribution optimised for virtualisation and network-attached storage – based on the Illumos kernel and ZFS file system:

“Nexenta is pleased to announce the availability of our latest software release, NexentaStor 3.1.5. This new software release is available now for download from the Nexenta Community . This new release is available to both our Enterprise Edition users as well as our NexentaStor Community.

In addition to general maintenance fixes, NexentaStor 3.1.5 includes key enhancements in the following areas:

  • AutoSync Performance and Reliability Enhancements
  • NDMP Updates

As previously communicated to the community, the licensed capacity for NexentaStor 3.1.5 remains 18TB usable.

NexentaStor 4.0 Community Edition continues to move forward, and we will provide updates on the progress of that release later this quarter. Please note that with the release of NexentaStor 4.0, the capacity limit for community is changing to 18TB Raw to align with our Enterprise Edition licensing schema.”

Release Notes | ISO