ZFS vs. Hardware RAID (RAID 10)

As I am currently fiddling around with Oracle Solaris and the related technologies, I wanted to see how the ZFS file system compares to a hardware RAID Controller. The ZFS file system allows you to configure different RAID levels such as RAID 0, 1, 10, 5, 6. In this post, I want to test the RAID 10 performance of ZFS against the performance with the HP RAID Controller (also in a RAID 10 configuration) over 4 disks.

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Solaris 10: OpenCSW

In my first post, I took the first steps in Solaris 10 and created a basic environment for anyone with Linux experience. Now, in Solaris I really miss the possibility to add packages via a repository. So in this post, I will set up the OpenCSW (Open Community SoftWare) repository, so people with Linux background can easily add new packages in a familiar way. This post includes all steps from the OpenCSW site.

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First steps in Solaris 10

Although I already have some experience with Linux (Debian, Red Hat), the first steps with my brand new Solaris 10 installation turned out to be a little bit harder than expected. This was due to the minimalistic shell (SH) and problems while installing the SSH server. So here are my notes for those trying to get into Solaris. The first part includes the steps necessary to install the BASH shell. In the second part, installation of the SSH daemon is shown.

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