zfs in production?

Peter Schuller peter.schuller at infidyne.com
Sun Sep 30 01:41:41 PDT 2007

>  Is ZFS available in amd64 yet? 

Yes. In fact amd64 is preferred.

> If so, is there any way to load a new server
> and use ZFS instead of UFS2 from the start?

If you do not intend to use ZFS for the root file system or similar,
you can just install as usual making sure to reserve space/drives as
appropriate. Then begin using ZFS after upgrading to -CURRENT.

If you want root-on-ZFS you'll have to either install one one device
and then do some acrobatics to convert the root file system, or boot
from some external media and perform a more custom installation (e.g.,
install a modern -CURRENT on a USB stick, then use 'make
installworld', 'make distribution' etc to set up your system like you
would a jail).

> As I just have one RAID array on
> the servers I use, so not like I add additional drives in the future?

Note that you will loose some functionality (self-healing) if using
ZFS on hardware RAID.

/ Peter Schuller

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