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1.  Oracle Solaris ZFS File System (Introduction)

2.  Getting Started With Oracle Solaris ZFS

3.  Oracle Solaris ZFS and Traditional File System Differences

4.  Managing Oracle Solaris ZFS Storage Pools

Components of a ZFS Storage Pool

Using Disks in a ZFS Storage Pool

Using Slices in a ZFS Storage Pool

Using Files in a ZFS Storage Pool

Replication Features of a ZFS Storage Pool

Mirrored Storage Pool Configuration

RAID-Z Storage Pool Configuration

ZFS Hybrid Storage Pool

Self-Healing Data in a Redundant Configuration

Dynamic Striping in a Storage Pool

Creating and Destroying ZFS Storage Pools

Creating a ZFS Storage Pool

Creating a Basic Storage Pool

Creating a Mirrored Storage Pool

Creating a ZFS Root Pool

Creating a RAID-Z Storage Pool

Creating a ZFS Storage Pool With Log Devices

Creating a ZFS Storage Pool With Cache Devices

Displaying Storage Pool Virtual Device Information

Handling ZFS Storage Pool Creation Errors

Detecting In-Use Devices

Mismatched Replication Levels

Doing a Dry Run of Storage Pool Creation

Default Mount Point for Storage Pools

Destroying ZFS Storage Pools

Destroying a Pool With Faulted Devices

Managing Devices in ZFS Storage Pools

Adding Devices to a Storage Pool

Attaching and Detaching Devices in a Storage Pool

Creating a New Pool By Splitting a Mirrored ZFS Storage Pool

Onlining and Offlining Devices in a Storage Pool

Taking a Device Offline

Bringing a Device Online

Clearing Storage Pool Device Errors

Replacing Devices in a Storage Pool

Designating Hot Spares in Your Storage Pool

Activating and Deactivating Hot Spares in Your Storage Pool

Managing ZFS Storage Pool Properties

Querying ZFS Storage Pool Status

Displaying Information About ZFS Storage Pools

Listing Information About All Storage Pools or a Specific Pool

Listing Specific Storage Pool Statistics

Scripting ZFS Storage Pool Output

Displaying ZFS Storage Pool Command History

Viewing I/O Statistics for ZFS Storage Pools

Listing Pool-Wide I/O Statistics

Listing Virtual Device I/O Statistics

Determining the Health Status of ZFS Storage Pools

Basic Storage Pool Health Status

Detailed Health Status

Migrating ZFS Storage Pools

Preparing for ZFS Storage Pool Migration

Exporting a ZFS Storage Pool

Determining Available Storage Pools to Import

Importing ZFS Storage Pools From Alternate Directories

Importing ZFS Storage Pools

Recovering Destroyed ZFS Storage Pools

Upgrading ZFS Storage Pools

5.  Installing and Booting an Oracle Solaris ZFS Root File System

6.  Managing Oracle Solaris ZFS File Systems

7.  Working With Oracle Solaris ZFS Snapshots and Clones

8.  Using ACLs to Protect Oracle Solaris ZFS Files

9.  Oracle Solaris ZFS Delegated Administration

10.  Oracle Solaris ZFS Advanced Topics

11.  Oracle Solaris ZFS Troubleshooting and Pool Recovery

A.  Oracle Solaris ZFS Version Descriptions


Managing ZFS Storage Pool Properties

You can use the zpool get command to display pool property information. For example:

# zpool get all mpool
pool  size           68G         -
pool  capacity       0%          -
pool  altroot        -           default
pool  health         ONLINE      -
pool  guid           601891032394735745  default
pool  version        22          default
pool  bootfs         -           default
pool  delegation     on          default
pool  autoreplace    off         default
pool  cachefile      -           default
pool  failmode       wait        default
pool  listsnapshots  on          default
pool  autoexpand     off         default
pool  free           68.0G       -
pool  allocated      76.5K       -

Storage pool properties can be set with the zpool set command. For example:

# zpool set autoreplace=on mpool
# zpool get autoreplace mpool
mpool autoreplace  on       default

Table 4-1 ZFS Pool Property Descriptions

Property Name
Default Value
Read-only value that identifies the amount of storage space within the pool that has been physically allocated.
Identifies an alternate root directory. If set, this directory is prepended to any mount points within the pool. This property can be used when you are examining an unknown pool, if the mount points cannot be trusted, or in an alternate boot environment, where the typical paths are not valid.
Controls automatic device replacement. If set to off, device replacement must be initiated by using the zpool replace command. If set to on, any new device found in the same physical location as a device that previously belonged to the pool is automatically formatted and replaced. The property abbreviation is replace.
Identifies the default bootable dataset for the root pool. This property is typically set by the installation and upgrade programs.
Controls where pool configuration information is cached. All pools in the cache are automatically imported when the system boots. However, installation and clustering environments might require this information to be cached in a different location so that pools are not automatically imported. You can set this property to cache pool configuration information in a different location. This information can be imported later by using the zpool import -c command. For most ZFS configurations, this property is not used.
Read-only value that identifies the percentage of pool space used.

The property abbreviation is cap.

Controls whether a nonprivileged user can be granted access permissions that are defined for a dataset. For more information, see Chapter 9, Oracle Solaris ZFS Delegated Administration.
Controls the system behavior if a catastrophic pool failure occurs. This condition is typically a result of a loss of connectivity to the underlying storage device or devices or a failure of all devices within the pool. The behavior of such an event is determined by one of the following values:
  • wait – Blocks all I/O requests to the pool until device connectivity is restored, and the errors are cleared by using the zpool clear command. In this state, I/O operations to the pool are blocked, but read operations might succeed. A pool remains in the wait state until the device issue is resolved.

  • continue – Returns an EIO error to any new write I/O requests, but allows reads to any of the remaining healthy devices. Any write requests that have yet to be committed to disk are blocked. After the device is reconnected or replaced, the errors must be cleared with the zpool clear command.

  • panic – Prints a message to the console and generates a system crash dump.

Read-only value that identifies the number of blocks within the pool that are not allocated.
Read-only property that identifies the unique identifier for the pool.
Read-only property that identifies the current health of the pool, as either ONLINE, DEGRADED, FAULTED, OFFLINE, REMOVED, or UNAVAIL.
Controls whether snapshot information that is associated with this pool is displayed with the zfs list command. If this property is disabled, snapshot information can be displayed with the zfs list -t snapshot command.
Read-only property that identifies the total size of the storage pool.
Identifies the current on-disk version of the pool. The preferred method of updating pools is with the zpool upgrade command, although this property can be used when a specific version is needed for backwards compatibility. This property can be set to any number between 1 and the current version reported by the zpool upgrade -v command.