[Linux-aus] hardware for ZFS

Rob Thomas xrobau at gmail.com
Mon Jul 4 02:32:05 AEST 2016

I've discovered that the Thecus N8800 NAS's appear on ebay with surprising
regularity (Thecus have abandoned that hardware, and are now selling the
N8900's instead).

Pulling the cover over it, though, presents you with a Core 2 Duo machine
with 4GB of RAM, and 8 drive bays.

I've written a quick how-to, to step you through installing and running
Ubuntu 16.06 with ZFS and iSCSI on it.


They're normally available for a couple of hundred dollars, and are
extremely good value.


On 4 July 2016 at 00:06, Russell Coker <russell at coker.com.au> wrote:

> One of my clients needs a new file server, probably rack-mount.  It will be
> running ZFS so needs a JBOD configuration and 16G of RAM.  The server will
> initially have about 9*6TB disks and expand to about 18 disks later on.  It
> doesn't need a huge amount of CPU power and generally doesn't do much
> parallel
> work, so a single CPU is adequate.  The client is a small business that
> doesn't have a huge amount of money so constraining the costs is important.
> If you have general advice about buying such systems then please reply to
> the
> list.  If you sell such hardware and want to make an offer then reply
> off-list.
> Also such discussions usually end up with people discussing BSD for ZFS
> support.  While some discussion of other free Unix systems like BSD is
> probably on-topic for this list my client can't consider BSD.  If people
> want
> to discuss the benefits of BSD for ZFS that's OK but I won't be reading it.
> Thanks.
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