Solaris 10 10/09 Installation Guide: Planning for Installation and Upgrade

Disk Space Requirements for a ZFS Installation

Normally, on a system with a UFS root file system, swap and dump are on the same slice. Therefore, UFS shares the swap space with the dump device. In a ZFS root pool, swap and dump are separate zvols, so they do not share the same physical space. When a system is installed or upgraded with a ZFS root file system, the size of the swap area and the dump device are dependent on the amount of physical memory. The minimum amount of available pool space for a bootable ZFS root file system depends on the amount of physical memory, the disk space available, and the number of boot environments to be created. Approximately 1 Gbyte of memory and at least 2 Gbytes of disk space are recommended. The space is consumed as follows: