smartos

SmartOS Network boot with PXE

One of the biggest benefits of SmartOS is that it does not require installation on a hard drive. It can be booted off CD, USB  device and over the network with PXE boot. In this article we are going to cover setting up a PXE Boot server that will boot our SmartOS Nodes over the network. Using(…)

SmartOS KVM bare metal migration

Lets get going with part 2 of  the SmartOS Screencast series. In this Screencast Tutorial we will cover: Migrating of any Bare metal or virtual machine to SmartOS using “netcat” and “dd” Demo of an Ubuntu VM migration from Virtualbox. Using a live Linux system rescue CD in order to boot and use the netcat(…)

Fast ZFS Send with Netcat

The general way to send ZFS data sets to remote nodes is normally achieved by sending the ZFS stream through ssh. Example: zfs send  zones/UUID@snapshot  | ssh root@10.10.11.5 zfs recv zones/UUID The down side with this method is that ssh encryption is slow and has significant cpu overhead. You may find yourself in situations where(…)

Migrate KVM SmartOS vm’s to remote Nodes

I am sure some of you are wondering how to migrate or move individual SmartOS Virtual Machines from one SmartOS Server Node to another. This may be necessary in certain situations such as: Backup and Disaster Recovery purposes: In situations that require you have a standby node available with a backup of your running VM’s(…)