TrueCommand 2.3 Improves Cluster Management


January 25, 2023

With over 12,000 deployments, TrueCommand simplifies the operation and fleet management of any environment with more than one TrueNAS CORE, Enterprise, or SCALE system. With the availability of TrueCommand 2.3, it can now manage TrueNAS SCALE clusters and makes use of additional TrueNAS SCALE 22.12 (Bluefin) APIs.

TrueCommand collects usage and performance data, as well as alerts. It performs predictive analytics and understands ZFS concepts, including pools and VDEVs. Inventory, support contacts, and software licensing information are managed centrally. Even in single-system environments, TrueCommand provides monitoring and fault diagnosis capabilities that can be very useful for TrueNAS Clusters. TrueCommand is the UI for setting up and monitoring clusters.

TrueCommand 2.3 is another step in improvements for TrueCommand and includes nearly 40 improvements, features, and bug fixes. The most notable updates are:

  • Cluster Administration: Using Bluefin APIs, TrueCommand can now simplify functions such as replacing nodes in the cluster.
  • 2-Factor Authentication improvements: Support for Google authentication simplifies administration for many organizations.
  • Logging for improved Support: The core infrastructure of TrueCommand provides better logging for faster troubleshooting and problem resolutions.
  • UI Improvements: The TrueCommand UI has been made more robust and simpler to use, along with performance improvements. The cluster UI has also been overhauled, with more information and visibility into cluster-wide performance and run-time metrics.

TrueCommand 2.3 has been thoroughly tested with TrueNAS SCALE Bluefin and TrueNAS 13.0. It also supports TrueNAS 12.0 and TrueNAS SCALE Angelfish.

Obtaining TrueCommand

The Docker version of TrueCommand is available as a free download. TrueCommand itself remains free for systems with fewer than 50 drives. Software and support licenses are available for larger deployments via the iX portal or by contacting iXsystems.

TrueCommand Cloud, a SaaS version, is also available. Existing TrueCommand Cloud accounts will be gradually updated as we ensure quality. TrueCommand Cloud itself is running on a TrueNAS SCALE cluster in an iXsystems data center.

The team is now beginning to work on TrueCommand 3.0. Key features anticipated in this next major version will be more advanced cluster controls, a wider range of fine-grained performance statistics, and support for the upcoming TrueNAS SCALE Cobia release.

Thanks to all those that tested and provided feedback to get to this stage. As always, we appreciate feedback and bug reports for this TrueCommand 2.3 release.

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