Manipulating a Pool from the Rescue System

We’ve all been there: that moment of panic when a system fails to boot back up. Perhaps there was a glitch with an upgrade. Maybe you’re wondering if you fumble-fingered a typo when you made that last change to loader.conf.
Fortunately, with FreeBSD and its built-in rescue mechanisms it is possible to quickly recover from most scenarios that prevent a system from booting into normal operation. And if you’re using OpenZFS, you can rest assured that your data is intact.
With this article, let’s take a look at some common recovery scenarios.

What Makes a Good Time to Use OpenZFS Slog and When Should You Avoid It

In this article, we’re talking about the OpenZFS SLOG. Find out, among others, about synchronous vs asynchronous writes and the ZIL, why you should use a SLOG and on what type of devices.

Understanding ZFS Channel Programs

Understanding ZFS Channel Programs

One of the newer OpenZFS features that became available with FreeBSD 12.0 is ZFS Channel Programs. This article addresses questions to clarify what a ZFS channel program is, why you should use it, what are the operations supported by channel programs, or what a channel program looks like. Follow our guide and resources to learn how to create your own Channel Programs.

Choosing the right ZFS pool layout

zfs pool

Setting up a ZFS pool involves a number of permanent decisions that will affect the performance, cost, and reliability of your data storage systems, so you really want to understand all the options at your disposal for making the right choices from the beginning.
Let’s talk about mirror vdevs, RAID-Z or dRAID to better understand real redundant data storage.

History of ZFS – Part 3: Heading Into the Future

History of OpenZFS Part 3

In our last entry of the “History of ZFS” series we look to the future of OpenZFS.

After documenting and thoroughly analysing the events that shaped OpenZFS as we know it today, let’s talk about what future features you should look forward to and just how things are shaping.

Achieving RPO/RTO Objectives with ZFS

Today, let’s talk a little bit less about technology itself, and a little bit more about business management. There are a couple of key management terms that every system administrator and IT professional should know and love—RPO and RTO, or Recovery Point Objective and Recovery Time Objective.
Once we understand the meaning and importance of RTO and RPO, we will take a look at two ZFS technologies—snapshots and replication—which greatly ease their management.

Let’s Talk OpenZFS Snapshots

Understanding which data benefits from being in a snapshot and how long it makes sense to keep snapshots will help you get the most out of OpenZFS snapshots. Pruning snapshots to just the ones you need will make it easier to find the data you want to restore, save disk capacity, and prevent performance bottlenecks on your OpenZFS system.

Managing Boot Environments

A ZFS boot environment is a bootable clone of the datasets needed to boot the operating system. Creating a BE before performing an upgrade provides a low-cost safeguard: if there is a problem with the update, the system can be rebooted back to the point in time before the upgrade.
This article demonstrates how to use the bectl utility to manage BEs and provides examples on how to update packages, apply security patches, and upgrade the operating system using BEs.

FreeBSD Performance Observability

Performance observability

Performance observability is a powerful feature that highly supports FreeBSD. In this article, we’re showing you how to take advantage of tools that are specifically built for and with an operating system: tools which understand and are built into the operating system’s kernel structures. Learn about how to gather the information you need in order to get the most out of your system, determine your operational baselines, and find and resolve performance bottlenecks.

FreeBSD Developer Summit 2021

Devsummit

Join us through the 2 day walk through of our (Hopefully last) online conference walkthrough of the year. Learn more about FreeBSD and what the open source community is working on in this write-up.