George Mamalakis was having trouble with ZFS not detecting and utilizing his resized GPT freebsd-zfs partitions. Marco van Tol came to the rescue with a corrective procedure. Credit goes to George Mamalakis for raising the issue and to Marco van Tol for the solution. I’m just a simple bystander in comparison to these two, fine […]

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The switch to new hardware finally happened. This is the first server to run FreeBSD/amd64 under my supervision. ZFS is used for all storage on this server. I chose to install the newly released FreeBSD/amd64 9.0-RELEASE, before upgrading to FreeBSD/amd64 9.0-STABLE by source. It’s just a matter of preference, given my 13-14 years of experience […]

Read More → New server and first attempt at running FreeBSD/amd64 with ZFS for all storage

Gone are the old MFS root fs image and the sysinstall utility. To create a useable ZFS root fs from the 9.0-RELEASE DVD we must specify an alternate location for the temporary zpool.cache file and an alternate mountpoint for the ZFS root fs by using a command like: zpool create -o cachefile=/tmp/zpool.cache -m /tmp/zroot zroot […]

Read More → ZFS root fs on FreeBSD 9.0

When moving from one major FreeBSD branch to another, you are almost compelled to upgrade all of your installed FreeBSD ports. If you move from the RELENG_7 branch to RELENG_8, as an example, the old pty interface is deprecated, and ports such as screen (sysutils/screen) must be recompiled and reinstalled to take advantage of the […]

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