> Hi all,
> I have been reading ZFS discussion for a while now and I'm planning a small
> file server (to be used by only a few people). I'm fairly new to Solaris and
> OpenSolaris, and I'm thinking of using Solaris 10 08/07.
> I have a few questions I haven't been able to figure out yet, and would be
> grateful for any help that anyone can offer.
> My basic plan is to have a root file system, and several separate disks in a
> pool for ZFS.
> 1. For my root file system, I would like to have some redundancy. This file
> system wouldn't be ZFS, since ZFS boot isn't supported in Solaris 10 at the
> moment. I was thinking of using a RAID controller with two mirrored disks.
> Does this make sense? I would like replacing a failed disk to be as easy as
> possible, and I'm not sure how hard it would be to setup and maintain a
> software mirror of the root disks.
> 2. For the data (ZFS pool) disks, I have read that it makes sense to have
> two disk controllers if doing a mirror, so that at least one disk from each
> vdev is still online if a controller fails. Should I still have two
> controllers if I'm doing raidz2?
Is this a small machine, such as a typical PC with a single motherboard? If so,
then don't worry about having multiple controllers for at least two reasons:
1. some BIOS won't allow boot access to more than one controller
2. the affect on availability is very small because the reliability of
modern controllers is very high, especially SAS/SATA controllers
Do worry about the disks themselves, as they should be the least reliable
> 3. Can anyone recommend a PCI-Express SATA controller that will work with
> 64-bit x86 Solaris 10?
> Thanks a lot for any help you can provide, and for taking the time to read
> this :)
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