zfs – playing with various configs

If you dont have the disks available to build up a zpool and have a play with zfs you can actually just use files created with the mkfile command… The commands are exactly the same.

mkfile 64m disk1

mkfile 64m disk2

mkfile 64m disk3

mkfile 10m disk4

mkfile 100m disk5

mkfile 100m disk6

Now you can create a zpool using the above files… (i’m using raidz for this setup)

zpool create test raidz /fullpath/disk1 /fullpath/disk2 /fullpath/disk3

if you now want to expand this pool using another three drives (files) you can run this command

zpool add test raidz /fullpath/disk4 /fullpath/disk5 /fullpath/disk6

Check the status of the zpool

zpool status test


test ONLINE 0 0 0
raidz1 ONLINE 0 0 0
/export/home/daz/disk1 ONLINE 0 0 0
/export/home/daz/disk2 ONLINE 0 0 0
/export/home/daz/disk3 ONLINE 0 0 0
raidz1 ONLINE 0 0 0
/export/home/daz/disk4 ONLINE 0 0 0
/export/home/daz/disk5 ONLINE 0 0 0
/export/home/daz/disk6 ONLINE 0 0 0

errors: No known data errors

Now time to replace a drive (perhaps you wish to slowly increase your space) Note: all drives in that particular raidz pool need to be replaced with larger drives before the additional space is shown.

mkfile 200m disk7

mkfile 200m disk8

mkfile 200m disk9

Check the size of the zpool first;

zpool list test

test 464M 349M 115M 75% ONLINE –

Now replace all of the¬†smaller drives with the larger ones…

zpool replace test /export/home/daz/disk1 /export/home/daz/disk7
zpool replace test /export/home/daz/disk2 /export/home/daz/disk8
zpool replace test /export/home/daz/disk3 /export/home/daz/disk9

The space will show up if you bounce the box, i’ve heard that sometimes you may need to export and import but i’ve never had to do that.