What's New in 8.3.0

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FreeNAS® 8.3 adds the following features:

  • ZFSv28 adds deduplication, RAIDZ3, improved snapshot support, and a removable log device.
  • Add support for HighPoint 27xx and LSI 9265/9285 controllers.
  • Add support for Areca 13xx SAS controllers. To load this driver, create a tunable with a variable of arcasa_load and a value of YES.
  • Reporting graphs now provide buttons for navigating to different points in time.
  • Automatic redirect from http:// to https:// when accessing the administrative GUI when SSL is enabled.
  • Add the CARP module to the build. This module is not loaded by default and high availability must be configured manually from the command line. More information about CARP can be found in the OpenBSD FAQ.
  • Add the ability to specify the SSL certificate and private key to be used for encrypting FTP connections.
  • Add a memory device as an option when performing a GUI upgrade.
  • In Active Directory configuration, add checkboxes for: Use default domain, UNIX extensions, and Verbose logging.
  • Add additional SNMP MIBs.
  • Add the ability to update the Plugins Jail without deleting installed plugins.
  • Disable Nagle's algorithm in order to provide better LAN network performance at the expense of WAN performance.
  • Add AES-NI hardware support for the Intel Core i5/i7 processors that support this encryption set. This support speeds up AES encryption and decryption.
  • A host name database field has been added to Global Configuration, allowing entries to be added to /etc/hosts.
  • Add option to set the serial port speed in System → Settings → Advanced.
  • Add columns for viewing read/write/checksum errors to Volume Status screen.
  • Allow non-root NFS mounts and the ability to specify a listen address for NFS.
  • Add ability to specify multiple paths and multiple CIDR masks when creating an NFS share.
  • Enable sysvipc in the Plugins Jail. Some applications, such as PostreSQL, require this.
  • Add ZLE (zero length encryption) as a ZFS compression option. ZLE is a fast and simple compression algorithm to eliminate runs of zeroes.
  • New ZFS pools are created with the autoexpand property set. This means that the pool will be resized according to the size of the expanded device. If the new device is part of a mirror or RAIDZ, all devices within that mirror/RAIDZ group must be expanded before the new space is made available to the pool.
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