Feature Summary

Openfiler includes support for volume-based partitioning, iSCSI (target and initiator), scheduled snapshots, resource quota, and a single unified interface for share management which makes allocating shares for various network file-system protocols a breeze.

The following are just some of the features currently available (unless indicated otherwise) in Openfiler.

  • Powerful block storage virtualization
    • Full iSCSI target support, with support for virtual iSCSI targets for optimal division of storage
    • Extensive volume and physical storage management support
    • Support for large block devices
    • Full software RAID management support
    • Support for multiple volume groups for optimal storage allocation
    • Online volume size and overlying filesystem expansion
    • Point-in-time snapshots support with scheduling
    • Volume usage reporting
    • Synchronous / asynchronous volume migration & replication (manual setup necessary currently)
    • iSCSI initiator (manual setup necessary currently)
  • Extensive share management features
    • Support for multiple shares per volume
    • Multi-level share directory tree
    • Multi-group based access control on a per-share basis
    • Multi-host/network based access control on a per-share basis
    • Per-share service activation (NFS, SMB/CIFS, HTTP/WebDAV, FTP with read/write controls)
    • Support for auto-created SMB home directories
    • Support for SMB/CIFS “shadow copy” feature for snapshot volumes
    • Support for public/guest shares
  • Accounts management
    • Authentication using Pluggable Authentication Modules, configured from the web-interface
    • NIS, LDAP, Hesiod, Active Directory (native and mixed modes), NT4 domain controller
    • Guest/public account support
  • Quota / resource allocation
    • Per-volume group-quota management for space and files
    • Per-volume user-quota management for space and files
    • Per-volume guest-quota management for space and files
    • User and group templates support for quota allocation
  • Other features
    • UPS management support
    • Built-in SSH client Java applet
  • Full industry-standard protocol suite
    • CIFS/SMB support for Microsoft Windows-based clients
    • NFSv3 support for all UNIX clients with support for ACL protocol extensions
    • NFSv4 support (testing)
    • FTP support
    • WebDAV and HTTP 1.1 support
    • Linux distribution back-end for any other customizations

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4 thoughts on “Release: Openfiler 2.3

  1. Ideaal om MS clustering aan de praat te krijgen onder Vmware Workstation 6.5..
    Download het VM image, voeg een disk toe en gaan met die handel..

    Het is trouwens versie 2.3

  2. I just setup tried an install on a poweredge 2650 and it was a breeze.
    Question, onyone an idea how to setup the replication?
    i can only find the “Openfiler High Availability and Replication Howto” but that is for verion 1.1

    Thank you!

  3. As nice as Openfiler 2.3 seems, there is no update to date documentation outside the basics — even their paid support will not cover any replication/HA setup unless you are willing to spend into the thousands. I can understand companies needing to support themselves but there are a number of incomplete features. If I didn’t need granular permissions I’d use FreeNAS any day over Openfiler. As is, I’m running Ubuntu server instead.

  4. I downloaded and installed FreeNAS yesterday, it’s a very cool free NAS server with a nifty web-based UI. The only prob is that it won’t combine with our Active Directory, and there’s no facility to create permissions within freeNAS. FreeNAS is rendered pretty useless to me with this ‘your either in or your out’ format. Has Openfiler got a permissions facility? I know it’s a lot more complicated to install than freeNAS, and I’m a serious newbie when it comes to this stuff.

    The fact that these facilities are free is a serious bonus so if anyone has any suggestions, I’d really, REALLY appreciate it.


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