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TrueNAS 13.0-U6.1 Release: Concluding the TrueNAS 13.0 Series

TrueNAS 13.0-U6.1 Release: Concluding the TrueNAS 13.0 Series

TrueNAS, the open-source storage platform developed by iXsystems, has announced the release of TrueNAS 13.0-U6.1. This update is expected to be the final version of TrueNAS 13.0, following a series that has been recognized for its stability and quality.

Incremental Improvements and Bug Fixes

TrueNAS 13.0-U6.1 includes updates to OpenZFS, addressing approximately 20 bug fixes and security improvements. Notably, this release incorporates OpenZFS 2.1.14 to correct a rarely-occurring upstream ZFS bug. The incremental improvements aim to enhance the overall performance and reliability of the platform.

Transition to TrueNAS 13.1

With TrueNAS 13.0-U6.1 serving as the concluding chapter of the 13.0 series, the development focus will shift to TrueNAS 13.1, scheduled for release in early 2024. The upcoming version is expected to maintain storage-focused features with updates to FreeBSD, OpenZFS, Samba, and other key components.

Recommendations for Users

TrueNAS recommends that existing users of TrueNAS 12.0 and TrueNAS 11.3 update their systems to TrueNAS 13.0-U6.1. This step is advised not only for resolving any software or performance issues but also to prepare for future updates, including the transition to TrueNAS 13.1 in 2024.

Current TrueNAS 13.0 users can update to U6.1 directly from the TrueNAS web UI by navigating to the System -> Update page. New users can get started by downloading the TrueNAS CORE installation media from the official website.

Looking Ahead

As TrueNAS continues to evolve, the focus remains on providing a reliable and efficient storage solution. TrueNAS Enterprise users will have the option to sidegrade to TrueNAS SCALE Enterprise 23.10 and other SCALE-based releases, catering to specific functionality requirements.

For detailed recommendations and updates, users are encouraged to refer to the TrueNAS Software Status page, which provides the latest information on stability and security releases.

TrueNAS F-Series: TrueNAS Performance Flagship Models

TrueNAS has introduced the F60 and F100 models as the newest additions to their TrueNAS Enterprise portfolio. These models belong to the high-performance line of all-NVMe systems known as the TrueNAS F-Series. The F-Series is designed to offer maximum performance, reliability, and density for organizations with ultra-demanding workloads. It provides organizations with a new choice for their performance-centric workloads, complementing other models in the TrueNAS portfolio that are optimized for capacity.

The TrueNAS F-Series supports file, block, and object protocols, and offers the rich data management capabilities of OpenZFS. Like other TrueNAS Enterprise appliances, the F-Series can be equipped with iXsystems’ award-winning enterprise support.

The TrueNAS F-Series includes two models:

  • F100: This model features up to 24 NVMe Gen4 SSDs per 2U system, providing a storage capacity of 720TB. It offers up to 30GB/s bandwidth per node with 6x 40/100 GbE optical NICs and has a typical power draw of 800W.
  • F60: The F60 model also supports up to 24 NVMe Gen4 SSDs per 2U system, with a storage capacity of 720TB. It offers up to 20GB/s bandwidth per node with 4x 40/100 GbE optical NICs and has a typical power draw of 800W.

The TrueNAS F-Series appliances come with the latest version of TrueNAS software, TrueNAS Enterprise 23.10. These all-NVMe models are designed to deliver maximum performance, reliability, and density for the most demanding workloads. Compared to previous models, the F-Series offers significant reductions in all-flash power, space, and Total Cost of Ownership (TCO).

The TrueNAS portfolio also includes the TrueNAS M-Series, which caters to hybrid flash and HDD requirements, and the TrueNAS Mini series. Both the M-Series and F-Series systems run on the same TrueNAS Enterprise 23.10 software, offering compatible features and a common WebUI. All TrueNAS systems can be monitored and managed as a fleet using TrueCommand.

TrueNAS SCALE 23.10 Released with Enhanced SMB Features

TrueNAS has announced the release of TrueNAS SCALE 23.10 “Cobia,” the third major release of TrueNAS SCALE. This release brings improvements in quality, functionality, security, and performance.

One of the key highlights of the TrueNAS SCALE 23.10 release is the improvement in Server Message Block (SMB) features. SMB is the most common file sharing protocol and is widely supported on various platforms. The new features in this release include SMB and NFSv4 compatibility, SMB share import from other systems, SMB file sync with 3rd party servers, and fast file copy with ZFS block cloning.

In addition to the SMB features, TrueNAS SCALE 23.10 brings several other enhancements. The infrastructure has been improved with Linux Kernel 6.1 and better hardware support, NVIDIA driver updates, and Netdata backend stats collection. The web interface has also been enhanced with improved Apps and Storage Pool UI, as well as simplified feedback and bug reporting.

TrueNAS SCALE 23.10 also includes updates to ZFS and performance improvements. It features OpenZFS 2.2 with contributions from iXsystems, ZFS block cloning for faster file copies, ZFS dRAID pool layouts, and improved ZFS scrub controls. The release also brings updates to protocols and services such as Samba security and speed improvements, simplified SMB cluster expansion via TrueCommand 3.0 (coming soon), and iSCSI improvements.

TrueNAS 13.1, which is planned for release in early 2024, will inherit some of the improvements from TrueNAS SCALE Cobia. This update will include the SMB and ZFS enhancements implemented and tested in Cobia. Nightly versions of TrueNAS 13.1 are available for testing and contribution to the development process.

TrueNAS SCALE 22.12.4.2 is the final version of Bluefin, and going forward, TrueNAS SCALE 23.10 Cobia will gradually become the recommended version. No further versions of Bluefin are planned. TrueNAS provides options for migrating storage services and VMs from CORE to SCALE, and plugins and jails can be manually replaced with Apps.

The TrueNAS installer can be downloaded from the TrueNAS website or the system update feature within an existing TrueNAS installation.

TrueNAS Highlights of OpenZFS Summit: Fast Dedup and RAIDZ Expansion

TrueNAS, a leading provider of storage systems, uses OpenZFS as the foundation for its data management layer. As the deployment vehicle for the majority of OpenZFS storage systems used today, TrueNAS is excited about the continuous improvement of OpenZFS.

The 11th annual OpenZFS Developer Summit for 2023 kicked off on October 16th in San Francisco. Among the many exciting projects being developed, two projects stand out with significant contributions and investments from iXsystems.

One of the primary issues with traditional deduplication (dedup) with ZFS has been the need to keep the dedup tables in memory at all times, which led to performance penalties and usability issues. However, with the introduction of Fast Dedup, the metadata size is now constrained to fit in either RAM or flash, eliminating the performance penalty. The metadata structure for Fast Dedup has been completely re-engineered to allow efficient updates and the ability to evict non-deduplicated blocks. These improvements, combined with properly configured storage, will result in a significant improvement in dedup performance for larger systems. Allan Jude, a major sponsor of the Fast Dedup project, will be presenting the details at the summit.

RAIDZ expansion is another exciting project that is entering its final quality assurance cycle. This feature allows a small pool with as few as two drives to be gradually expanded with one drive at a time, preserving existing data with its original parity. The administrative process for small systems has also been simplified. Don Brady and Matt Ahrens will be presenting the latest updates on RAIDZ expansion at the summit. This project has taken a few years but is now in its final stretch and will be included in OpenZFS 2.3.

The current release, OpenZFS 2.2, has been integrated into TrueNAS SCALE 23.10 (Cobia). The release candidate version of Cobia, which includes dRAID, has been successfully provided to the community with over 3,000 testers. The formal release of TrueNAS SCALE 23.10 is planned in the coming weeks. In early 2024, TrueNAS CORE 13.1 will be released with OpenZFS 2.2, and TrueNAS Enterprise appliances will also use OpenZFS 2.2 in their respective software versions.

OpenZFS 2.3 (or potentially 3.0) is expected to take most of the next 12 months to mature and reach release quality and status. The RAIDZ expansion and Fast Dedup features will be integrated with TrueNAS at that time. Early availability of Nightlies and BETA software is expected in mid-2024 for TrueNAS SCALE.

Source: TrueNAS.

TrueNAS Scale Gets New Web Interface in Cobia Release

TrueNAS SCALE is introducing a new and improved WebUI in the upcoming Cobia (23.10) release. The first Release Candidate for Cobia was launched on September 19th, and it currently has over 2,000 systems running on it. The official release of 23.10 is scheduled for October. The Cobia release includes significant technical advancements such as the new dRAID “Distributed RAID” pool type, an improved Apps UI, and an integrated bug-reporting process.

The new Cobia WebUI has been rearchitected from the CORE WebUI to provide a simpler interface. It is designed to present only the necessary information on each page, with advanced features hidden by default and additional forms appearing as needed. Initial reviews of this modernized and streamlined UI have been positive.

Major improvements have been made to the WebUI in Cobia, including:

  • Improved Apps Screens
  • Reimagined ZFS Storage Dashboard
  • New and Improved Pool Creation Wizard
  • Built-in Feedback and Bug Reporting

The Apps Screens in TrueNAS SCALE have been significantly enhanced. Each App is now effectively a Kubernetes Helm Chart that points to container images and provides configuration information for integrating multiple containers into an application. The new Apps screens offer better-structured access to all Apps based on category, and the new Discovery screens assist with App discovery. The Information screen provides details about each App and its sources, and bulk operations for updating Apps are available.

The ZFS Storage Dashboard in Cobia has also been reimagined to handle larger systems with more than a thousand drives. A new Pool Creation Wizard simplifies the process of creating pools based on available resources, automatically selecting drives for vdevs (drive groups) based on their size. The updated Storage Dashboard provides a simple dashboard to display the status of each pool and allows for the creation of new pools or expansion of existing ones using unassigned disks.

A new Feedback and Bug Reporting system has been introduced with TrueNAS SCALE Cobia RC.1. Users can provide feedback on the design of the page, add important details for their use case, and optionally capture a screenshot of the current page. Bug reports can also be submitted, including a brief summary of the issue and the option to attach debug files. Users will receive a TrueNAS ticket link to monitor the status and resolution of their bug.

While TrueNAS encourages users to try out the early releases of TrueNAS SCALE Cobia and provide feedback, it is recommended to use TrueNAS SCALE 22.12.3.3 for cases where reliability and primary data retention are required. TrueNAS SCALE 22.12.4, which is planned for release in early October, will be the last major update for the 22.12 release branch. TrueNAS SCALE Cobia will gradually become the recommended version in Q4 2023 and beyond.

Users have the option to automatically migrate storage services and VMs from CORE to SCALE, and TrueNAS provides the ability to replace TrueNAS CORE Plugins and jails with Apps. For further advice or answers to questions, users can visit the TrueNAS Community Forums or Discord Channel.

Source: TrueNAS.