Earlier this week, the iXsystems team released a new version of FreeNAS. We covered that in FreeNAS 11.3-U3 Maintenance Release Fixing Over 100 Bugs. Only a few days later, we are seeing a critical update that arose with 11.3-U3 wherein SMB shares were not showing up after the update. We now have the FreeNAS 11.3-U3.1 dot release rushing the SMB fix into the ecosystem.
Hinting at a SMB Problem in 11.3-U3
There were a number of sources, including the comments in our piece earlier on 11.3-U3 and in the iXsystems community forums. That led to ticket NAS-106167 being created and duplicate ticket(s) such as NAS-106192.
When we look at the dot release in the JIRA we can see this was the reason for the fix and that it was significant enough that iXsystems pushed the dot release out to fix this issue.
How to Get FreeNAS 11.3-U3.1
If you want to upgrade to FreeNAS 11.3-U3.1, you can do so navigating to the System->Upgrade panel. The new version will automatically populate.
After a reboot, the update will be applied.
If you are installing a new system, then this will be part of the ISO you download, however, we would caution our users that if they downloaded 11.3-U3 in preparation for a future installation, now is a good time to re-download and remove the prior release.
As you will note, we normally do not cover small dot releases like this. In this case, SMB is a key functionality for many using FreeNAS as their NAS software, and it was hitting the STH community so we made an exception. In the previous piece we noted:
We know many readers will want to hold off on updates, even maintenance bugfixes like this to let others test the upgrade first and find any issues. (Source: STH)
With FreeNAS, upgrading to the newest versions can be a roller coaster ride, even when it is as simple as installing a release that is not giving new functionality and is instead delivering 100+ bug fixes as U3 did. It has been three years since the infamous FreeNAS Corral Canned abandoning the then mainline direction of the project. That was likely the right decision for the project as a whole, but the lesson learned is that if you are using FreeNAS for anything critical, hold off on updates which is why we put disclaimers like the above in our FreeNAS coverage.
We covered how later this year FreeNAS will give way to TrueNAS CORE. Perhaps that unification will help fix these types of issues as iXsystems will not want these types of release issues showing up with the TrueNAS name, its commercial line today, attached. With FreeNAS, you get much more than you pay for, but being on the latest release seems to introduce new challenges from time to time.