FreeNAS unable to create jails fix

I recently got a shiny new FreeNAS Mini appliance. It’s the bee’s knees. Previously I was using a virtualized instance of FreeNAS that has served me admirably for two years now. During the migration I decided to start fresh with the jails configuration I had and deleted the entire jails dataset. This turned out to be a mistake. I suddenly found out that I couldn’t create any jails or plugins. The plugin download would hang for a long time and flash a brief message “Failed to download plugin.” Not helpful.

I tried changing the location of my jails in configuration to no avail. I even tried nuking my FreeNAS config entirely and starting from scratch. The error still happened! Somehow that configuration survived a factory restore.

I finally found this freenas forum entry that pointed me in the right direction. It suggested I use the warden command to delete the plugin jail template completely and re-install it. When I tried to I got this error:

 

[nicholas@freenas ~]$ sudo warden template delete pluginjail
ERROR: Not a ZFS volume: /mnt/storage/jails/.warden-template-pluginjail

It was still trying to install the plugin template in my non-existent dataset. I decided to try re-creating the missing dataset and then running the warden delete command again. Success!

[nicholas@freenas ~]$ sudo zfs create storage/jails/.warden-template-pluginjail
[nicholas@freenas ~]$ sudo warden template delete pluginjail

Once you delete the template jail via warden, you can re-create it in the right place after configuring the correct path in Jails / Configuration. Once you have the right place configured, issue the following:

warden template create -nick pluginjail -tar http://download.freenas.org/jails/9.3/x64/freenas-pluginjail-9.3-RELEASE.tgz

Plugins and jails work again! Success.

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