The release notes (here) give a list of the new and improved features. In the past I’ve always found the upgrades to be a quick and painless process. iXsystems and the FreeNAS community have a reputation for delivering rock-solid releases, so I have no hesitation in moving my storage to the latest release when then move from the RC status to a full release version.
As part of my occasional series of how I used my FreeNAS server as the heart of my home network, I decided to transfer my mail/IMAP server from a standalone Linux box to a FreeNAS jail.
This machine is only serving as the mail server, so it needs a minimal install with sufficient packages to support mail. It doesn’t need the overhead of running X sessions.
Linux: OpenSUSE 12.3
PHP and perl support
Some support tools such as the PostgresQL command-line client
The hardware running this is an old laptop (circa 2005) with a fairly modest specification (by today’s standards). An Intel Celeron processor, 700Mb memory and a 60MB HDD with a 100Mbit ethernet connection. However, looking at the load on this system, it is spending most of it’s time idle. The backend PostgresQL database used by postfix and the groupware product is already sitting in another FreeNAS jail. Continue reading Installing postfix in freenas jail→
Before installing the FreeNas server, the DNS and DHCP service was running on my Linux desktop as this tends to be left running continuously. The service has a very light foot print in terms of storage required, memory and CPU usage. This made it an ideal candidate for moving to the FreeNas.