Using ZFS Rollback and VirtualBox for Development

I came across this nice blog entry that shows how you can use ZFS's snapshot and rollback features along with VirtualBox to make it really easy (and safe) to try things out during development and not have to worry about losing track of exactly which changes you made when you want to go back to a clean state.

For me, this helps in creation of web sites.  I am using Drupal to create a web site, but there's a lot of exploratory development I'm doing and if I mess up something, I want to go back to a known-to-work state.  So, I create a VirtualBox image (OpenSolaris as my guest OS), then work with Drupal on that image.  The thing is, sometimes I make changes that affect the state of the operating system so I want to cleanly go back to a working state.  This blog entry shows me how to do exactly that.


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