FreeBSD File Server with ZFS

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Thu Feb 18 16:22:04 UTC 2010


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Does your old P4 support 64-bit operation?  Does it have 2GB RAM or more? If not, then you might want to reconsider using ZFS.  It's not that it won't or can't be made to work given those limitations, but you'll find it hard work to get it running stably and performing well.

UFS on the other hand will work just fine on 32bit systems and smaller and older machines.  (The limitation with UFS is a maximum 2TB filesystem size, but I suspect this will not cause you any practical




I'm not sure if my box supports 64 bit OSes or not, I'll have to look into that.  I know for a fact it doesnt have 3+ GB of RAM.  At most it'll have 2 least RAM for that old beast should be cheap!  :-)

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