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TrueNAS 13.0 – Free NAS OS is based on FreeBSD 13.0

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After openmediavault 6, the free NAS operating system TrueNAS has also been released in its final version 13.0. TrueNAS is still known to many as FreeNAS, as it was known until the fall of 2020, before the enterprise-focused TrueNAS and community-backed FreeNAS merged under the TrueNAS version 12.0 name.

TrueNAS 13.0 has now been released as the final version after a three-month beta phase and is the successor to TrueNAS 12.0-U8. The new version retains the basic functionality of TrueNAS 12.0, but is said to offer improvements in the areas of security, performance, quality, and availability. With the support of WD, for example, the new version is successful in a TrueNAS M60-HA Tested with more than 1200 units.

Migration to FreeBSD 13.0 and OpenZFS 2.1

The TrueNAS version number is still tied to the underlying free and open source FreeBSD operating system. After FreeBSD 12.0 on TrueNAS 12.0 now comes FreeBSD 13.0 to use. Aside from the fundamental improvements, this switch alone should increase IOPS and bandwidth on large NAS systems by up to 20 percent. After the introduction of OpenZFS 2.0 in TrueNAS 12.0, the new version Open ZFS 2.1 used, which should increase reliability and speed. Especially with large systems, the reboot and failover time should be greatly reduced. iXsystems speaks of a reduction of more than 80 percent, so downtime is reduced and availability is increased. All changes and innovations are recorded in the release notes for version 13.0.

Free TrueNAS Core as an upgrade or image

Like version 12.0, TrueNAS 13.0 also installs to an image like TrueNAS core Y TrueNAS Company offered, with TrueNAS Enterprise targeted at businesses with support for Fiber Channel (FC), Key Management (KMIP) and High Availability (HA), as well as support and requirement of a vendor NAS system. in a juxtaposition iXsystems shows the differences. Upgrading from TrueNAS 12.0-U8 to TrueNAS 13.0 can be started via the web interface. A later downgrade should also be possible without any problems. Anyone who wants to install TrueNAS 13.0 without a previous version can access the provided image. The following video, for example, shows how to install the NAS operating system.

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