Before putting my monster NAS online (pictures will follow soon), I am playing a lot with NEXENTA under VMWARE player.

I've found that excellent PDF (THE LAST WORD IN FILE SYSTEMS) which explain why ZFS may be the Saint Graal of file system, while if you want to learn how to administrate pool, I recommend YouThe ZFS admin guide

Here is my first try, with 7 simulated disks (this example use files and not real devices even if I have 7 real disks sitting next to me ;-)), next steps will be to export the pool as NFS share, plug some disks out, activate encryption, crontab snapshots and remote ssh backup of some vital data.

# mkdir /vaultcreate a directory for storing all virtual  disks
# mkfile 64m /vault/disk1
# mkfile 64m /vault/disk2
# mkfile 64m /vault/disk3
# mkfile 64m /vault/disk4
# mkfile 64m /vault/disk5
# mkfile 64m /vault/disk6
# mkfile 64m /vault/disk7
I create 7 virtual disk name disk1 to disk7
# zpool status
no pools available
check if there is any pool already defined....
# zpool create nasvault raidz /vault/disk1 /vault/disk2 /vault/disk3  /vault/disk4 /vault/disk5 /vault/disk6 6 disks will be in a raidz pool
# zpool status
  pool: nasvault
 state: ONLINE
 scrub: none requested

        NAME             STATE     READ WRITE CKSUM
        nasvault            ONLINE       0     0     0
          raidz              ONLINE       0     0     0
            /vault/disk1  ONLINE       0     0     0
            /vault/disk2  ONLINE       0     0     0
            /vault/disk3  ONLINE       0     0     0
            /vault/disk4  ONLINE       0     0     0
            /vault/disk5  ONLINE       0     0     0
            /vault/disk6  ONLINE       0     0     0

A replicated RAID-Z configuration can now have
either single- or double-parity, which means that one or two device failures can be sustained
respectively, without any data loss. Disks can be of different size, and there is no write hole as found in other RAID arrays.
df -h /nasvault
Filesystem             size   used  avail capacity  Mounted on
nasvault                  384M    16K   384M     1%    /nasvault
checking size of the pool
zpool add nasvault raidz /vault/disk5 /vault/disk6Extending pool on the fly with 2 new disks

Some noise about the development of a mini opensolaris boot file (miniroot.gz) under 60 Mb and able to boot on a USB disk have pop up on OpenSolaris forums. Exactly at the right scheedule for my NAS project, if it can come out in less than 2 weeks, it would be perfect! 

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