Wednesday Dec 07, 2005

Running the ZFS Administration application on Solaris Nevada

The Sun Java Web Console may not be enabled at first boot, leaving the ZFS Administration application inaccessible. To workaround this, simply start the web server manually (as root):

# /usr/sbin/smcwebserver start

If the SUNWzfsg package (the ZFS Administration application) is installed, the ZFS Administration application should then be available from https://<host>:6789 as mentioned earlier. The Sun Java Web Console will also start automatically after subsequent reboots.

Wednesday Nov 16, 2005

Manage ZFS From Your Browser

In case you thought ZFS couldn't get any easier, there is now a web-based ZFS Administration application to quash any remaining traces of reluctance to embrace a new technology.

Does ZFS really need a GUI?

While much has been made about how simple ZFS is to administer, there are still times when you need to visualize, browse, and tweak your ZFS configuration.

Oh, and do it all from a browser.

And what the heck, why not have it help you learn the ZFS CLI while you're at it?

What can it do?

A picture is worth 1kW (click to enlarge):

The opening screen, with the most common tasks ready to run.
A quick summary of all your ZFS file systems. Summary pages for pools, volumes, and snapshots are also available.
An in-depth look at a ZFS file system. Common tasks for this file system, properties, snapshots, and child datasets are displayed (out of view here).

One of the themes of the GUI is that it will show you any commands that it runs to change your configuration. This will help you learn the ZFS command line syntax, and provide a starting point for your ZFS set-up shell scripts.

The GUI uses a series of "wizards" to guide you through each task. Here's an example of creating a storage pool:

Select the redundancy level.
Choose the devices.
View the configuration before committing.
View the generated commands.
Success!

Where can I get it?

The ZFS Administration application will be available in build 28 of Solaris 11 (2-3 weeks from now) and Solaris 10 update 2. OpenSolaris, stay tuned.

How do I run it?

Just point your browser at https://<host>:6789 and you're off and running.

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