FreeNAS 9.3 has been released about a month ago. It comes with NFSv4 and VMware VAAI support which are great enhancements for a virtualization platform. As I am using it on my N40L in my Homelab I decided to upgrade my box to FreeNAS 9.3
FreeNAS 9.3 Features
- NFSv4 support
- VMware VAAI support
- WebDAV support
- iSCSI sequently read performance increased
- Download latest GUI_Upgrade.txz and GUI_Upgrade.txz.sha256.txt from download.freenas.org
Link for 9.3: download.freenas.org/9.3/latest/x64/
- Backup FreeNAS configuration (System > Settings > General > Save Config)
- Backup your Data. (If the Upgrade fails, you can rollback to the previous version so your ZFS Data should be safe)
- Stop Sharing Services so that there are no files under access during the upgrade
- Start the Upgrade (System > Settings > Advanced > Save Config)
- Place the temporary upgrade files to your ZFS
- Select the GUI_Upgrade.txz File and copy the SHA256 checksum from GUI_Upgrade.txz.sha256.txt
- Press Apply Update
- Wait until the Update is finished.
- Your FreeNAS will reboot automatically when the update has been finished
- Don't get nervous at this point. This step can take up to 40 minutes and your NAS will reboot twice during the reconfiguration. You can see what happens on the console.
- The Update was successful. FreeNAS is now at version 9.3 and all shares are back online.
You can optionally upgrade the ZFS Pool to the latest version. I suggest to wait a couple of days to verify that everything works as expected because if you upgrade ZFS there is no way back to a previous FreeNAS version.
To upgrade the ZFS Pool simply hit the green arrow button.
The upgrade only takes seconds and is non-disruptive.