Install 1 of N. Begin?

I took delivery of my project’s RAID server yesterday. It’s a heady bit of hardware, and I’m sure I’ll blog about that part soon (once I know what does and doesn’t work). The idea was to do some serious RAID (16 spindles), but using the end-to-end software approach from ZFS.

I was debating whether or not I would try to tackle the somewhat baroque instructions for the much more experimental ZFS boot support. I was pretty put off by the instructions, however, so I set them aside. Instead, I jumped in and decided to install using the more familiar UFS/slice method.

So I just got back from setting up one of what I’m sure will be the first of many attempts to get the server configuration just right. And the experience of setting up the fdisk and pdisk slices, with their permanent choice of size, and with the involved UFS mirroring procedure still ahead of me… Well, I think I will give ZFS boot installation a try.

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