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FreeNAS 8.0.4-p1 with URGENT SAMBA security patch released today.

Yesterday a security advisory was announced for vulnerability in SAMBA. Read more at ZDNet.

Today FreeNAS released version 8.0.4-p1, which contains a patch to fix the SAMBA vulnerability.  In the release notes, FreeNAS states that all versions prior to this one may be affected by this critical SAMBA vulnerability.   If you're running an earlier version of FreeNAS, it is important that you upgrade to this release ASAP.  

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How To: Install FreeNAS 8 to a USB key.

Installing FreeNAS to a USB key is the preferred method when setting up a FreeNAS system.   The installer even makes a point of telling you this.  Booting from a USB key is becoming quite popular.  In fact, many modern servers come with an internal USB port, designed specifically for plugging a USB key containing an operating system into it.  This allows you to design a FreeNAS based storage system around a chassis with more hard drive bays for maximum storage.

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Budget Laboratory: Part 4 - Connecting VMWare ESXi 4.1 to an iSCSI SAN through vSphere

For Part 4 of the "Budget Laboratory" series, we're going to connect the ESXi 4.1 server we installed in Part 3, to the Virtual SAN we created using FreeNAS 8 in Part 2, using the vSphere client.

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Budget Laboratory: Part 2 - iSCSI Virtual SAN with FreeNAS 8

Storage Area Networks (SANs) are used in most Enterprise class networks, you'll also find them at a lot of small and medium businesses. A lot of systems rely on SANs to provide high availability features. A SAN is great to have for setting up shared storage for any type of cluster. Fiber used to be dominant for SAN connectivity. You'd need Fiber Host Bus Adapters (HBAs) in every server you wanted attached to your SAN, and a Fiber switch to connect everything. Then came iSCSI, which works with much cheaper Network Interface Cards (NICs), and can use regular network switches, as well us much cheaper copper cables. At first iSCSI wasn't as fast as Fiber, topping out at gigabit speeds, so if speed was important, you'd stick with Fiber.

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