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ZFS - Home server - Why?

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Published on Dec 12, 2010

2016 UPDATE - On my Vimeo channel, I go through the building of a ZFS OpenIndiana home server -
Part 1 - Why - https://vimeo.com/112991027
Part 1.5 - Update - https://vimeo.com/112991141
Part 2 - My Hardware - https://vimeo.com/112991164
Part 3 - Installing the OS - https://vimeo.com/112991241
Part 4 - Mirroring the boot drive - https://vimeo.com/112991304
Part 5 - Simple health check - https://vimeo.com/112991353
Part 6 - First share and basic permissions - https://vimeo.com/112991386

To answer some questions for which YouTube has not given me the power of a "reply" button; I am now using OpenIndiana as a home server. I did have a flirt with FreeNAS but found it badly wanting. I still use ZFS on the server and have scripts that send me a report to a web server every hour, so whenever I look at my combined "system health" web page, I see the health of the set.

The full PC line up is here - http://msknight.com/index.php?page=24 - but the FitPC is in the process of being replaced so the details will change once the new system is bedded in.

Many file systems are perfectly happy to serve you up corrupt files, even on a mirrored system. Somehow, people seem happy to take this as acceptable. ZFS was developed from the ground up. We should be demanding this in our storage devices instead of FAT, etc.

ZFS forms the base of my home server, because I have a lot of time and money investment in the data that is on there.

More information here - http://web.archive.org/web/2006042809...

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