An advanced file system that can span multiple disks, heal itself from data corruption, deduplicate data, encrypt, etc.

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ESXi - Solaris ZFS Raids System Drive Failure Recovery (VMDirectPath I/O - raidz pool)

I currently run Solaris 11.1 in ESXi 5.5, with a HBA (disk controller card) passed though to the OS via VMDirectPath I/O and a raidz pool (called Vault). The OS is running on a single deddicated SSD ...
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What is a ZFS legacy mount point?

I am trying to understand the way ZFS works when I do for example, a snapshot. When I use zfs list on machine I get some mount points and some paths. For example I get something like that: ...
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Is it possible to install solaris 11 with zfs root file system in virtual box guest?

I want to test zfs file sharing capabilities using a virtual machine. Is this possible because I don't seem to get a prompt during installation to select a zfs file system.
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Removing files on ZFS does not free disc-space

I'm trying to free space on a ZFS by removing files. They are large (>1GB) so it should show in the numbers. Unfortunately, after unlinking the files, df does not show any increase in available ...
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dkms does not find kernel source

For days now I am trying to get ZFS-on-Linux working on Debian 7 but the module doesn't want to compile: # dpkg-reconfigure zfs-dkms ------------------------------ Deleting module version: 0.6.3 ...
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Is RAID1 or similar needed for btrfs/ZFS to protect against bit rot?

I'm running a file server using Linux software raid, set up as raid6. As filesystem I've chosen btrfs. However, I'm not using btrfs own raid6 implementation as it's not very stable yet. So basically, ...
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Growing a ZFS pool from populated ext4 disks

I've got an Ubuntu media server with 4 ext4 2TB drives, 1 ext4 4TB drive, and 1 new blank 4TB drive. The ext4 volumes are configured as individual drives (not RAID, etc.). The 2TB drives are about ...
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How to make a snapshot of the “whole” zroot (ZFS-on-root)?

I have tried the experimental ZFS-on-root partitioning scheme available on FreeBSD 10. It seems to work fine except for a booting problem that I can quickly overcome. Anyway, this is the "partition" ...
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Changing ZFS pool partition size on “advanced format” hard drives

I have a system running Ubuntu 13.04 with three WD30EZRX drives (3 TBs each) in a pool with raidz1. These drives apparently have an "advanced format", but they misreport their physical block size. ...
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ZFS on linux: switch partition to whole disk

There is a ZFS pool with raidz1 in it. The pool is created on top of three 2TB drives using the whole disk and a 2TB partition on a 3TB drive. What is the recommended process to reconfigure the pool ...
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Formula to calculate probability of unrecoverable read error during RAID rebuild

I want to compare the reliability of different RAID systems with either consumer (URE/bit = 1e-14) or enterprise (URE/bit = 1e-15) drives. The formula to have the probability of success of a rebuild ...
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How to mount zfs-fuse earlier in boot sequence so I can do rsyslog there on Ubuntu 12.04?

I'm trying to use zfs-fuse as the file system driver for a read/write partition that includes system logging on an Ubuntu 12.04 distribution. I have succesfully redirected rsyslog there by modifying ...
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How can I access the contents of a ZFS snapshot without affecting its current data?

I have a ZFS dataset which gets hourly snapshots taken. Yesterday, a change was made to some of the files which needs to be reverted; however, the dataset has ongoing changes which shouldn't be ...
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ZFS on top of LUKS partitions

I have weird problem I cannot quite explain. I have three hard disks. One is the root disk sda, and then there are two more, namely sdb and sdc. The latter have two LUKS partitions sdb1 and sdc1 and ...
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Is there a benefit to having NAS with ECC memory and ZFS filesystem when I work on systems with neither?

Recently I've read some alarming stats on corruption rates in systems with non-ECC RAM and typical filesystems. From what I can Google, having a system with ECC RAM running ZFS is probably the best ...
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Cheaper alternative to ZFS Storage for a home NAS

I'm looking to build a NAS for home use with 8-10*(2-4TB) drives, out of which 2-3 drives would be used for parity via software RAID. In the past years and up to date, ZFS seems to have become the ...
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How to encrypt a zpool in Linux

Does zfs on linux have a built in command to encrypt entire pools (or zfs file systems)? If not - how should one proceed to do so? (I'm running zfs on an Ubuntu Server 12.04LTE)
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When partitioning devices for zfsonlinux, what is the correct “Partition type GUID” to use, or is this important at all?

I want to use zfsonlinux on a Debian system. Since I have advanced format drives and will employ LUKS, I have to partition the device by hand. A forum entry at archlinux.org points out that the ...
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Is it a bad idea to have one of multiple partitions of an ssd as cache in a raidz2 setup?

I'm setting up a system with 5 HDD's in RAIDZ2 and one SSD where the OS goes. I'm considering partitioning the system drive (the SSD) to set the free partition of the SSD as a cache in the RAIDZ2. ...
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ZFS and FreeNAS: Mirror using half a drive

I'm planning to set up a FreeNAS server with two of my spare drives: 1x 1TB drive 1x 2TB drive Both drives are identical besides their capacity and neither has any data on it. Is it possible to ...
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zfs for Linux – formatting disks

I just installed the zfs file system for Linux, but now I do not know how to format a drive with it. I am running Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Desktop and trying to format two external hard disks to mirror each ...
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Converting LVM/EXT4 to ZFS without losing data

I have a home media server with 2 x 3TB drives in it. Its currently set up using mdraid (1), LVM and EXT4. The setup was done using the ncurses Ubuntu Server installer. Goal Convert the setup to use ...
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Why is ZFS stored in a binary tree structure?

Apparently, in the ZFS (filesystem), there is an uberblock that points to the root of a zpool tree. Does anyone know why this tree makes things more efficient/reliable, and where the tree itself is ...
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ZFS (file system): what is an “uberblock” used for?

Why does ZFS (and possibly some other file systems out there) tend to use an "uberblock" on top of imaps? Why can't there just be multiple imaps instead of the uberblock?
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Change ZFS disk references to use GPTID instead of GEOM name?

I've built a FreeNAS rig on a sweet little HP ProLiant MicroServer. Storage wise, I've created a 3 disk ZFS pool using RAIDZ1. I started out with 3 small disks, while getting familiar with FreeNAS, ...
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How to disable autoresume of a ZFS-formatted drive on Ubuntu

I've bought an external hard drive. I want to use it with Ubuntu 11.04 (kernel 2.6.38-11-server) and the zfs-fuse package. I've successfully formatted the disk to zfs. The disk is suspending when it ...
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ZFS formated USB drive in mirrored zpool keeps becoming unavailable. Any idea why?

I have two 4 TB USB drives in a mirrored zpool running on Debian 7.2. About once a week, the zpool will go into a degraded state with the following error: status: One or more devices could not be ...
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FreeNas ZFS Non-Striped Configuration To Maximize Available Space?

I have a 4 disk (2.0TB each) FreeNas setup and I want to maximize the space available for storage. From what I've read that would involve using the stripe configuration, but that also increases the ...
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Migrate LVM to ZFS

I am currently thinking about moving away from my LVM setup to a ZFS setup with RAIDZ. My current setup consists of 5 x 4TB disks in a LVM and a 60GB SSD for the system. At the moment there is about ...
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Can I create a ZFS mirror in FreeNAS using different sized disks?

I've just bought a new 4-bay N54L server for home use. I've upgraded it to 8G of RAM, which will permit me to run FreeNAS 9.1.x with ZFS. I've loaded a new 2TB SATA disk plus a spare 250G disk into ...
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Start a ZFS RAIDZ zpool with two discs then add a third?

Let's say I have two 2TB HDDs and I want to start my first ZFS zpool. Is it possible to create a RAIDZ with just those two discs, giving me 2TB of usable storage (if I understand it right) and then ...
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Compact, up to date, LiveCD supporting LUKS and ZfsOnLinux

I'm looking for a nice compact LivecD to support a new installation. The Gentoo minimal install CD is about the perfect thing, except it does not support ZFS. The Gentoo LiveDVD does Support both ...
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FreeNAS planning - RAID controllers & expanding volumes

I'm considering building a FreeNAS box to replace a Synology DS1511 - mainly because I'd like it as a project with more flexibility. Couple questions: 1. Most people recommend a hardware RAID ...
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zfs snapshot -r for a single, simple dataset?

According to the man page zfs snapshot -r "recursively create[s] snapshots of all descendent datasets". As per http://docs.oracle.com/cd/E18752_01/html/819-5461/ftyue.html dataset is a generic name ...
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How to make a redundant desktop system with daily snapshots? (Is btrfs ready for use?)

I want to configure a desktop system in which the home filesystem would be redundant (e.g. RAID-1), and would have weekly snapshots taken. I've already done this with ZFS, the snapshot system is ...
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Seagate USB '3.0' Speeds with Ubuntu ZFS

I am currently researching zfs. I have a RAIDZ-2 system with an SSD Cache. My issue is backups, our idea is to send snapshots to a USB 3.0 Seagate external harddrive. I understand and have read the ...
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Can I safely migrate a ZFS pool from FreeBSD to Ubuntu?

I have a HP Microserver running FreeBSD 9.1. It has a ZFS pool which is a 3-way RAID Z. It currently boots from root on ZFS. I would like to migrate from FreeBSD to Ubuntu server (because I am more ...
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Setting up Debian file server, looking for advice about what file system to use

I'm currently working on setting up a Debian media and torrent server for my home. Most of my home network is comprised of Macs, and up until now my "server" was two 4 TB hard drives formatted HFS+ ...
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FreeNAS 8 and ext fs

i'm trying out freenas8 for my personal NAS, i have lots of data that was in an ubuntu server, but somehow i never got the file sharing right. on freenas things just worked. i installed on usb, tried ...
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FreeNAS/ZFS/Raid-Z slightly different disks

I'm considering using FreeNAS and "recycling" some of my older 1TB disks. Two are the exact same model Western Digital while another is Seagate and the fourth is Samsung. Typically, since all disks ...
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Should a RAID array of 3x7200 RPM HDDs be able to saturate a gigabit ethernet link?

I have a ZFS RAIDz (RAID5) array of three 7200RPM SATA2 drives in a FreeNAS virtual machine. I have multiple machines connected to this VM over a gigabit network. I'm seeing via bandwidth graphs that ...
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Home ZFS based NAS…What processor/chipset to use? [closed]

So, I'm building a home/personal NAS. My plan is to expose both SMB fileshares for sharing files/media between hosts, but also to carve an iSCSI target LUN out of it for use by VMWare as a datastore. ...
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Rsync fails for files that start with underscore when destination is zfs

I'm using rsync3.1.0pre1 on Mac OS X 10.8.5, and am trying to rsync one folder to another. The destination is a ZFS volume mounted via SMB. The problem I'm having is that files that start with ...
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Non Raid - Symbolic links

I have 3x 3TB drives and 2x 1TB drives. I want to use all drives without RAID, but to be shown as a single volume. So that if a drive fails only the information on that failed drive will be lost. ...
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Managing disk in a VM

I'm replacing my two old rack servers with a new one that has plenty of power to take over the functionality my current servers. The server is a 4U rack mount with 16 3.5" SAS drive bays, two 2.5" ...
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Virtualization software that supports mounting host zfs zpool

what virtualization software should be used for a guest operating system (preferably BSD) that supports mounting host(Linux) zpools in the guest OS? I am aware of the vmware ability to mount hard ...
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Access MacZFS via network from XBMC

I have a ZFS RAID (zpool with three drives) hooked up to my Mac that I want to share in my LAN so that the XBMC client on my OUYA console hooked up to the television can read the drive and use it to ...
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Why isn't ZFS the default for fresh installs of FreeBSD?

(By the title, I'm sure this looks like an opinion question, but I'm actually looking for specific facts and materially, information to help me sort through some of the heavily in-favor-of-zfs ...
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ZFS with two disks: does this make sense? what is the safest configuration?

I am in the process of planning a file server for private usage (small amounts of various kinds of data, but mainly photos, videos, music). I will probably use NAS4free/FreeNAS and want to give ZFS a ...
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Moving root partition to new disks of different size by using ZFS mirroring

I have quite a few spare old 500GB WD Black disks that I'm going to be using for the root file system of a FreeBSD NAS at home. These disks have been in continuous use for 5 years within a rack server ...