Update Freenas to

The new point update version of Freenas has now been released to update Freenas to

As usual with Freenas, the whole process only takes about 5 minutes to complete.

Note:  The system automatically reboots itself after the update is applied, so make sure that the system can be restarted (i.e.  there are no active users on it) before you start this process.

What’s New/Fixed

The release notes detail the fixes, which from a high level perspective are:

  • Samba (SMB/CIFS support) upgraded to version 4.1.6
  • Netatalk (AFP support) upgraded to version 3.1.1
  • ZFS replication status is now provided in ZFS Replication UI
  • the bug preventing FTP from starting when logging to system dataset has been fixed.

Downloading the update

Go to the download page and select the upgrade option (it’s second in the list).  You’ll also need to copy the SHA256 code (circled)


The first time I went here I missed the SHA256 code printed under the download button, so I had to go back and copy it.   Here is


Before the update

Log into you Freenas box and save the configuration.  Go to the Settings tab, and at the bottom of the tab, press the Save Config Button

freenas-upd1You’ll be prompted to save the file somewhere safe.  Do not save it onto the FreeNas box. Save it to your local hard drive so that you can access it if something was to go wrong during the update.

Upload the firmware

Click on the Advanced button on the settings tab. You will need to scroll through the tab to get to the bottom.  The last button is labelled Firmware Update.  Press this to start the updaet.

freenas-upd2The first step asks you where to place the firmware file

freenas-upd3If you hover over the question mark, the help box will pop up.

Select the location and press OK.

freenas-upd4Browse for the update file you updated earlier, and enter the SHA code you copied from the download page and press Apply Update.

The update will be applied and then the system will automatically restart.

If you are have a headless (no monitor attached) system, then opening a command prompt and typing ping wil let you see when the system come back up.

tim@thing:/tmp> ping freenas
PING freenas ( 56(84) bytes of data.
64 bytes from icmp_seq=1 ttl=64 time=0.087 ms
From thing.ccc ( icmp_seq=52 Destination Host Unreachable
From thing.ccc ( icmp_seq=53 Destination Host Unreachable
From thing.ccc ( icmp_seq=54 Destination Host Unreachable
From thing.ccc ( icmp_seq=55 Destination Host Unreachable
. and then several screens later
64 bytes from icmp_seq=1 ttl=64 time=0.086 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=1 ttl=64 time=0.087 ms

(On windows, I think you need to use ping -t to make a continuous ping.)

If all went well, your browser will show you the login screen again.

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