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I have worked happily in the EDU sector for over 14 years building infrastructure and services to support faculty research, but decided recently that a change of pace would be healthy. I am therefore excited, humbled, and privileged to now be working with the terrific and insanely smart folks at Joyent.

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I frequently have the need to create ZFS snapshots and replicate them from one host to another for backup and disaster recovery purposes. There are many blog posts and articles that present custom scripts using zfs send/recv to automate this task and they all work to some extent. I have tried most of them but recently settled on two in particular that I’ve found to be robust enough to meet all of my needs.

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I am skipping the SmartOS introduction because Magnus Hedemark has us covered with Discovering SmartOS. Instead, I’ll dive straight in and tell you that it’s great as an all-in-one storage and virtualization server, despite only being branded as the latter. Maybe you’ve been using ESXi, Nexenta CP/NexentaStor, or OpenIndiana to fill this role (or even a combination of both on separate machines), but I assure you that it’s possible to have your cake and eat it too.

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If you are running Nexenta Core Platform (NCP) 3.x and have been on a different planet for a few months, you may not have heard that NCP was discontinued and Illumian was created to take its place. The nexenta.org website has since been repurposed and there were some problems with the previous community hosted apt.nexenta.org. This is somewhat unfortunate for anybody that is still running NCP3 with a need for the original package repository.

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Phillip Steinbachs


Principal Cloud Architect

Indiana, USA