I spent a large amount of time last night shuffling data between my ancient little PIII (a Dell Optiplex GX110, called “dingdong” – “Dell”, geddit ?) and my also-getting-on-a-bit iMac in order to free up space to install ZFS. Quite a chore, given that when I started, I only had 5gb free on the Mac, and needed to free up 27gb from somewhere (ouch – /Applications/Games is a lot smaller now!).
Interestingly, for me, not too much will change in terms of where I keep my data now that I’m on ZFS: the Dell box has one 6gb drive and one 160gb drive. I used to have UFS on the 160gb disk, mounted on /space treating it as a single storage pool. I had my user directories, various archive directories and the contents of
sfw, all stored there and then mounted to their correct locations via lofs entries in vfstab which all worked fine. But I suspect a lot will change in terms of how easy it is to manage.
Now, I just have :
# zpool list NAME SIZE USED AVAIL CAP HEALTH ALTROOT space 149G 6.70G 142G 4% ONLINE - # zfs list NAME USED AVAIL REFER MOUNTPOINT space 19.5G 128G 18.5G /space space/archive 1004M 128G 1004M /space/archive space/bob 8K 128G 8K /space/bob space/csw 8K 128G 8K /opt/csw space/local 8K 128G 8K /usr/local space/network_admin 8K 128G 8K /space/network_admin space/primary_admin 8K 128G 8K /space/primary_admin space/sfw 8K 128G 8K /opt/sfw space/timf 8K 128G 8K /space/timf
Of course, data’s still copying at the moment – it’ll be a while before I can free up the space on the Mac again 1. Having done all this though, I think I need to get my data-management hat on. I’ve basically got all my data on one drive – which I’m getting nervous about : definitely asking for trouble there. At the very least, I should backup the 60gb of photos I have kicking about the place. Cheap, reliable backup solutions anyone ? (multiple good-quality DVD-Rs ? Tape ? Suggestions welcome!)
Once all that’s sorted out, my next task will be to move the home directories on the Mac to NFS-mount from the Dell box… A Home Sys-Admin’s life for me!