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Date:      Thu, 17 Nov 2016 16:18:42 -0500
From:      Baho Utot <>
Subject:   Re: Ok How do I boot this monster?
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On 11/17/16 15:59, Brandon J. Wandersee wrote:
> Baho Utot writes:
>> On 11/17/16 14:19, Warren Block wrote:
>>> On Thu, 17 Nov 2016, Baho Utot wrote:
>>>> Can this also boot the raidz?
>>> No, boot0 is MBR-only.  The easiest way I see to do this is to install
>>> gptzfsboot bootcode to the ZFS drives and choose one of them from the
>>> BIOS boot menu.  Grub can multi-boot GPT also, although it needs a
>>> small partition of its own.
>> I think the bsdinstall puts that code onto the zfs drives already or am
>> I miss informed?
> I believe it should in its unadulterated state. But then you hacked the
> installer, introducing a new variable.
>> Would creating the raidz on MBR partitions be an answer?
> It would be *an* answer, but I'm not sure I would consider it *the*
> answer. It would basically place an expiration date on your new install,
> since it would depend on older hardware to keep functioning. A more
> recent motherboard would not be able to read the drives without legacy
> BIOS support, so you might not be able to just transplant the disks into
> a new machine when the time came.
> I would recommend just using gpart(8) to install the correct bootcode
> (/boot/gptzfsboot) as Warren suggested. The trouble, though, is
> that---unless I'm mistaken---that bootcode requires a dedicated
> partition. Configuring the system to boot would require 128k partitions
> to be created at the start of each disk to hold the bootcode, and that
> would mean either manually partitioning the drives (which is the typical
> way of installing to a custom ZFS setup) or writing more code into your
> custom bsdinstall.

Don't read too much into  the "hacked bsdinstall version", I ain't that 
good.  All I did was this.....

f_eval_catch $funcname gpart "$GPART_ADD_LABEL" \
                      zfs$index freebsd-zfs $disk || return $FAILURE
f_eval_catch $funcname gpart "$GPART_ADD_LABEL_WITH_SIZE" \
                      zfs$index freebsd-zfs 800Gb $disk || return $FAILURE

The raidz will boot if I pull the other drives and let it boot with just 
the 4 zfs raidz drives so I know it will boot.  Just have to get it to 
play nice with the other systems (win7 and 10.0) and boot.

I just need to configure out how to make it boot with the other drives.  
Hand holding required.

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