TrueNAS 12 Release is Out Farewell FreeNAS

By Cliff Robinson

TrueNAS 12.0 Core Release Dashboard
TrueNAS 12.0 Core Release Dashboard

Today marks the end of a chapter. With the TrueNAS 12.0 release, the FreeNAS brand is effectively done. We gave the entire backstory in our piece FreeNAS is Dead Long Live TrueNAS CORE. With the TrueNAS Core 12.0 release, that brand swap is now done and iXsystems now have a unified platform for both its “free” and enterprise offerings.

TrueNAS 12 Release Key Features

Many of STH’s readers are going to wait a few weeks to upgrade given the company’s history with releases. At the same time, the release is very easy to do for a current system. Under System -> Update, you will see a Train dropdown. You want to select the TrueNAS-12.0-STABLE release train. Then Download Updates.

TrueNAS 12.0 Stable Release Train Updating
TrueNAS 12.0 Stable Release Train Updating

From there, the system will automatically update. The system will need to reboot, so ensure that your users and infrastructure are prepared for the reboot process.

TrueNAS 12.0 Core Release Dashboard
TrueNAS 12.0 Core Release Dashboard

On our first test system we updated this took a few clicks and a few minutes until we were running TrueNAS core.

For the high-level updates on the new release, here are the key new features:

  • ZFS Native Crypto – Per-dataset encryption and support for encrypted replication to untrusted targets.
  • 2 Factor Authentication – Allows using Applications such as “Google Authenticator” to provide an extra level of security before logging into the UI or SSH access.
  • KMIP Support – TrueNAS Enterprise now adds the ability to interface with KMIP servers for the storage and retrieval of passwords and encryption keys.
  • Performance Improvements – Virtually every area of the platform has been updated and includes some major performance improvements, including SMB, iSCSI, ZFS and more.
  • API Keys – All of TrueNAS can be configured with TrueNAS API v2.0 and now supports API keys for remote access. The v1.0 API is no longer supported.
  • Fusion Pools – Allows creating pools with all-flash vdevs that store metadata and small-block IO. This provides flash-like performance on all metadata operations, but with the cost-effectiveness of spinning disk for storage blocks.
  • VPN Support – Support for TrueNAS acting as both an OpenVPN Server and Client, depending on your VPN needs.
  • TrueCommand Cloud Integration – TrueNAS 12.0 systems can be connected directly to a TrueCommand Cloud account for scaled monitoring and management of your TrueNAS systems

You can read more on the official release notes.

Now that our systems are moving to TrueNAS Core, FreeNAS is gone.

Final Words

You may not have seen this, but STH has actually had a Top Hardware Components for TrueNAS Core Servers for some time. If you are thinking of building a TrueNAS Core server, check that out.

The bigger item looming is TrueNAS Scale. We covered how iXsystems Starts De-emphasizing FreeBSD for TrueNAS Scale-Out Project. While retiring the “FreeNAS” brand that aligned closely with “FreeBSD” the TrueNAS Scale platform we see as a clear future. With the ability to scale from a single node system like TrueNAS Core into a multi-node cluster, like Proxmox VE already can, the TrueNAS Scale Linux-based solution is where the company is headed longer term. Unifying FreeNAS and the TrueNAS Enterprise line helps the company move in this direction. For now, we do not recommend TrueNAS Scale because it is still an Alpha product, but it is certainly the one to watch.

At your readiness, it is time to do a few clicks, change the release train, and have a beer/ bourbon, or scotch to toast to FreeNAS retirement as the system reboots.