smartd sent me not one, but two emails today, regarding
/dev/ada1. Continue reading /dev/ada1 failing
Over the last few days have I experimented with UEFI and GPT in VirtualBox 4.3.26. The goal was to multiboot various operating system, in this case Windows 10 Enterprise Technical Preview 9926 x64 and FreeBSD/amd64 stable/10.
First, I thought of persuading the UEFI firmware to always present its boot menu. It sure beats remembering to press F12 each time I want to boot a different operating system. This proved impossible for a number of reasons.
Next, I came across The rEFInd Boot Manager. After a quick glance I saw this is exactly what I want, a UEFI boot manager. Continue reading UEFI, GPT, Windows 10, FreeBSD 10, and rEFInd
I had a FreeBSD setup I wanted to replicate to another, identical computer. The source system runs ZFS and so should the receiving system. A recursive snapshot in combination with the
zfs send and
zfs receive commands proved most fruitful. Continue reading Replicating an entire FreeBSD system using ZFS
to force ZFS to choose 4K disk blocks when creating zpools. Continue reading Forcing ZFS to choose 4K disk blocks aka ashift=12