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Date:      29 Oct 2012 13:29:39 -0000
From:      "John Levine" <johnl@iecc.com>
To:        freebsd-questions@freebsd.org
Subject:   Freebsd iSCSI client ?
Message-ID:  <20121029132939.9540.qmail@joyce.lan>

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I'm trying to set up a freebsd image under vmware, but I need more disk
space than the vmware hosts offer.  So the guy who runs the hosting place
suggests getting a 1U disk server and using iSCSI over gigabit Ethernet
so I can build zfs volumes from the iSCSI disks.

Poking around, the reports say that FreeBSD is a pretty good iSCSI
server in such forms as freenas, but a lousy iSCSI client, with the
first problem being that that kludges are required to get iSCSI
volumes mounted early enough in the boot process for ZFS to find them.
Is this still the case in FreeBSD 9?

I'd rather not use NFS, since the remote disks have mysql databases,
and mysql and NFS are not friends.

An alternative is to mount the iSCSI under vmware, so zfs sees them as
normal disks.  Anyone tried that?

TIA,
John



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