NFS + ZFS - Base System readonly

Daniel Feenberg feenberg at
Mon Aug 13 13:00:12 UTC 2018

On Mon, 13 Aug 2018, Philipp Vlassakakis wrote:

> Hi,
> has anyone experience in mounting a base system via PXE + NFS as 
> readonly and then mount ZFS datasets r/w on top of the base-system?
> I would like to boot a basesystem (which is stored on a NFS share) via 
> PXE and mount ZFS-Datasets on top of that, so i can rollout specific 
> configs (hostname, services...) per Host and give user the ability to 
> edit config files (apache, mysql...) and store data on the ZFS-disks, 
> which will not be wiped due to a Host reboot.

We have been doing this for many years, for a score of systems. We have a 
detailed description of our procedures at:

It works very well for us. Good luck.

Daniel Feenberg

> Is this possible?
> Thanks,
> Philipp
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