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Date:      Thu, 15 Dec 2016 11:10:48 -0300
From:      Mario Lobo <>
Subject:   gmirror/gstripe or ZFS?
Message-ID:  <20161215111048.541d6745@Papi>

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I'll be building an area on an existing server that runs 10.3-STABLE
(will upgrade to 11-STABLE), which is going to be used basically as a
work/storage area for graphic design files (lots and lots of image
editing, etc ...) that are extremely critical for the company and need
to be up and ready all the time.

A backup system is already in place and running.

The OS runs off of its own ufs formatted drive and I acquired 4x 4Tb
drives (sata), which I plan to gmirror 1&2/3&4, stripe the two mirrors
into an 8Tb volume, and share it via samba. Network is Gbit.

It comes to mind doing the same thing through ZFS. I've never used it
before, which is the opposite of gmirror/gstripe, which I have used

Given what this volume is going to be used for, in terms of
performance/reliability/sharing, which one is best?

I have replaced defective drives in gmirror many times without any
problem. Is that just as easy with ZFS?

Is sharing a dataset through samba as straight forward as sharing a

I am reading as much as I can about ZFS but most of what I found is
mainly technical implementation, not so much about how the user is
experiencing it compared to other options.

Any opinions about this?


Mario Lobo
FreeBSD since 2.2.8 [not Pro-Audio.... YET!!]
"UNIX was not designed to stop you from doing stupid things, 
because that would also stop you from doing clever things."

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