Tag Archives: zfs

Running ZFS filesystem backup

If you’ve read some of my earlier posts regarding ZFS, you’ll likely know that it is at the heart of my home file server. In some of my other posts, you’ll notice that I take backups pretty seriously. So combining … Continue reading

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Using OpenSolaris and ZFS with Time Machine

In earlier posts I described how to set up a file server using OpenSolaris and ZFS. This proved to be a very good choice, at least for me, and it made sense to make this file server be the destination … Continue reading

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Mirroring ZFS root pool with messy disks

Recently I needed to re-purpose my old OpenSolaris-based file server as a development box (upgraded to AMD Phenom X4, woohoo!). Since I wasn’t planning on making backups on reliable schedule, I wanted to mirror the boot disk, which in ZFS … Continue reading

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Building a Network Attached Storage box

Introduction In an earlier post I compared a Drobo to a custom built storage system based on OpenSolaris, with the conclusion that while a Drobo is convenient, building your own server offers many advantages. In this post I want to … Continue reading

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Setting up smartmontools on OpenSolaris

As a follow-up to the previous entries concerning my new storage server, I thought I’d talk about installing and configuring the smartmontools monitoring software in OpenSolaris. Like most open source software, it’s fairly easy to compile and install on OpenSolaris, … Continue reading

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Comparing Drobo and DroboShare to an OpenSolaris storage server

In my previous entry I recalled the trial of recovering from a corrupted HFS+J volume that contained my Time Machine backups. During that process, I became aware of some of the drawbacks of the storage appliance on which my backups … Continue reading

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