The following 2 screencasts demonstrate a basic napp-it install on OpenIndiana and the setup of netatalk version 3.0 for use with OSX Time Machine backups. Version 3 is very fast and I have tested from OSX: Snow Leopard, lion and Mountain Lion and have managed to almost saturate a Gigabit link to the ZFS storage appliance via AFP.
AFP in my opinion should be your preferred transfer mechanism if you are using Apple Macs and is much faster than standard SMB.
napp-it is a simply amazing project and really unlocks the power of ZFS and makes management of ZFS easy and accessible for anyone wanting to have their data sitting on reliable storage. Napp-it is feature complete and I highly recommend you try it out and if you like it, please consider making a donation towards its continued development.
This may also work on the newly released OmniOS which is a more server centric distribution also using the illumos core. This is probably better as a base for a ZFS storage appliance as it is targeted specifically for server only use cases and not a generic Desktop or server OS like OpenIndiana is. If anyone manages to get Napp-it to install on OmniOS please let me know so we can write up some napp-it specific instructions for others to follow.
Screenshot: Transferring a file via afp to napp-it
Screencast 1: Installing napp-it on Openindiana 1.51a5[youtube width=”640″ height=”360″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=38OtWF40jAY[/youtube]
Screencast 2: Installing netatalk version 3 on napp-it[youtube width=”640″ height=”360″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jRlwWytdcfk[/youtube]
Sep 12, 2012 @ 05:33:00
first steps for napp-it on OmnoOS are done
– not yet working
Sep 12, 2012 @ 20:27:00
That is excellent news, let me know if I can help with testing of the script when it is more feature complete.
Dec 07, 2012 @ 06:08:00
There is a first developer preview for napp-it 0.9 for OI, OmniOS and Solaris 11
Nearly feature complete, basically running but not yet fully tested.
wget -O – http://www.napp-it.org/nappit09 | perl
Dec 06, 2012 @ 12:49:00
Thanks for posting all of this information. I’m working on setting up a home server and your writing has been very helpful.
One thing I am unclear on: why not use SmartOS as the base for napp-it? I would really like to run/boot SmartOS on a USB thumb drive and use napp-it on top to provide a clean UI for the ZFS stuff. I have a feeling I’m missing an important detail.