I’ve been using freeNAS for years, was hard to get used to it after maaaany more years of Linux and didn’t ever get to feel so comfy there as in Linux. Long story short, ZFS is cool, but makes my 16GB RAM, 2 5x4TB raid5 + 1 5x2TB raid5 HP G8 microServer crawl like a roach, with only the plex server running and a few jails. (Yeah, 15 disks totalling 50TB of raw plate)
Now I’m migrating all of my ZFS pools into btrfs ones from ubuntu and after 4 days moving data up&down&left&right I hope to start installing in 8 hours when the last rsync finishes. I like to tinkle with my systems, so this will be no exception, and these are the things that I will try to do over time, so expect new Topics in the corresponding sections as I go on:
1- Install on dual USB raid 1 devices, raw btrfs partitioned (going out of tutorials so soon???.. yeah). Plan is to install on one and extend to the second one via CLI.
2- Not installed yet, so I don’t know where will swap go, but I plan to move it to a couple SSD’s (3/4 of a TB) I’ll drop in the last free spot inside mi G8 to hold that, along with the high activity dockers (my old jails) so my little hard disk army can sleep more than now. Only backups, private videos, movies, music… will go to the spinners.
3- Rock-ons, I don’t get yet the point of the additional layer above dockers, wouldn’t it be easier (for everyone) just to user native dockers from the gui??? I will give it a go anyway to make my rock-ons for the dockers I’ve liked the most, will share if I get something worthy… But let me insist on this, please let us use plain dockers from the gui, you save effort not having to maintain an intermediate layer and we get the full experience, everybody happy.
4- Services/dockers/rock-ons I expect to run, migrating my current jails (and some new ones): zoneminder, minecraft server, emoncms, weewx, plex pass of course, syslog server/analyser, nginx to ssl-proxy all that stuff (no plain ports outside), crashplan…
5- Oh Oh!! I forgot to mention, maybe it’s already available, but the one killer feature for freeNAS running from a USB was that you could select a data pool to hold your logs and anything that gets updated frequently, avoiding tear of your devices and system slowdowns due to accessing slow devices as wel as not filling it up with ‘junk’… So I will look further into it as I don’t find much in the docs nor the forums…
Enough for now, sorry for the long story, just wanted to say hello and look… Congratulations for your amazing system and I’m really eager to start playing with it the sooner. I hope I can contribute something to this great community.
Regards, Angel from sunny Spain
Edited to add point 5