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Using FreeBSD as a File Server with ZFS


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In this course, we will learn how to use the current ZFS capabilities to help us build a home file server using FREEBSD 10.3.

Course launching date: 06th of July 2016

What will you learn?

  • ZFS administration
  • ZFS concepts and features

What skills will you gain?

  • ZFS administration basics

What do you need?

  • FREEBSD 10.3 with root privileges
  • At least 10 GB free space

What should you know before joining?

  • Basic FREEBSD administration knowledge

Module 1: FREEBSD and ZFS
Introduction to ZFS under FREEBSD

  • Why ZFS on FREEBSD?
  • ZFS features and concepts

Module 1 exercises:

  • Execute ZFS commands to check status of pools and metadata
  • Create a single disk pool

Module 2 title:  ZFS Administration
Module 2 description: Cover the commands and features to administrate ZFS volumes

  • Create, destroy, list pools
  • Zpools: single, mirrored, raid
  • Understand ZFS properties

Module 2 exercises:

  • Get and set properties
  • Set Disk Quotas

Module 3 title: Putting it all to work: Hosting our files using ZFS
Module 3 description: With the previous acquired knowledge, create a plan on how to organize our files and pools to host our files.

  • Set ZFS properties based on the content of the files to host
  • ZFS tuning
  • Create a File Server using our pools

Module 3 exercises:

  • Explore ZFS features using hosted content on a pool
  • Serving content
  • Check ZFS performance
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