[rescue] OS for ZFS?

Cory Smelosky b4 at gewt.net
Mon Mar 25 12:22:27 CDT 2013

On 25 Mar 2013, at 13:18, "Robert Novak" <rnovak at indyramp.com> wrote:

> I've run NexentaStor Community Edition (free, supports up to 16TB or 18TB
> of storage) on a Dell deskside workstation/server (SC430, single core
> Pentium or Celeron, 4GB RAM, two 1TB sata disks plus a flash drive for OS).
> Not enough RAM to do dedupe, but it was pretty viable for mount points and
> such..

I'm tempted to give NexentaStor another try.  I wasn't too fond of it last I
triedbut it WAS in a VM.

> NexentaStor is built on descendants of Solaris, so Zachary would probably
> be relatively comfortable with it. And they do regular development on it so
> it's not a dead platform.
> If you can bump your Dell up to 4GB or more, and make sure the drive
> controller is supported (see http://zfs.bz/NexentaHSL for details), you can
> probably get a bit done with it.
> If you really want to work on ZFS with all its features and want to put
> some money behind the effort, you can probably get a fairly substantial
> dedupe-able box with a HP Microserver, 8 or 16GB or RAM, and NexentaStor or
> the like. That'd set you back about $350+drives. Maybe less on your
> favorite online source for used hardware. There are some nice hack options
> on the hardware side on that machine as well (add 4-6 hard drives, esata
> cards, fc mode, etc).
> Hope this helps. (No formal affiliation with Nexenta, although a friend is
> Global TME there.)
> On Mon, Mar 25, 2013 at 10:07 AM, Zachary Giles <zgiles at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Honestly, I still dont trust ZFS on anything but Solaris /
>> OpenSolaris. Maybe I need to get over that, but I don't like to lose
>> data :)
>> Others thoughts on that?
>> On Mon, Mar 25, 2013 at 12:53 PM, Cory Smelosky <b4 at gewt.net> wrote:
>>> On 25 Mar 2013, at 12:50, "Scott Newell" <newell+rescue at n5tnl.com>
>> wrote:
>>>> I'm wanting to build a (headless) machine to play with ZFS.  It won't be
>>> doing much--light duty file server, some monitoring scripts, rsync
>> backups of
>>> our VPS, etc.  Looking through the junk pile here at work, I see an
>> Ultra 60
>>> (2 CPU, 1 or 2 GB ram, couple of drives) or an old Dell Precision
>> workstation
>>> (2.8GHz P4, 512 MB, couple of old SATA drives).  Does either feel like a
>>> viable candidate?
>>>> Any recommendations on an OS?  I've run OpenBSD and debian on them
>> before,
>>> so I don't anticipate driver problems.
>>> RAM will be an issue if you want to do say, deduplication but otherwise
>> you
>>> should be fine with the Ultra 60 for basic ZFS stuff I believe.  ZFS
>> won't
>>> even let you enable it on 512M RAM in BSDs if I recall correctly.
>>>> thanks!
>>>> newell  N5TNL
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