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.

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.


I have SAM-QFS installed. And your ZFS GUI looks just like the samfs manager. During the sam fsmgr installation, it will install a lot of stuff (such as Java Web Console, apache, tomcat, app server etc.). Is this the same to your ZFS GUI case? If so, can they share the same "foundation packages"?

Posted by kevin fu on November 17, 2005 at 04:37 AM EST #

Yes, the ZFS Administration GUI and the SAM FS Manager will use the same underlying web console packages.

Posted by Steve Talley on December 07, 2005 at 05:31 AM EST #

That looks great! I can't wait for when we can install the root partition on ZFS and be 100% ZFS.

Keep up the good work!

Posted by Wes Williams on December 07, 2005 at 08:21 AM EST #

Hmm, I tried the smcwebserver, all looks to start well, then I try to access the gui by connecting to localhost:6789. It asks me for the "master password for the Software Secuity Device". I tried the usual suspects but to no effect. Any help? Thanks.

Posted by Peter Galvin on February 16, 2006 at 02:58 PM EST #

Peter, it sounds like you've got another server listening on that port, or your request is being redirected somehow (via proxy, perhaps). Be sure that "localhost" is a Solaris Nevada host, and the specified protocol is https (not http).

Posted by Steve Talley on February 20, 2006 at 05:00 AM EST #

I'm with Solaris 10 11/06, but it does not work. I can log into the web interface as root, but when I select "ZFS-Administration" I get a blank screen and Internet Explorer reports an error.
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I tried it from remote, but it doesn't work even locally on the Sun box.
I tried (with no success):
https://<hostname>:6789 (remote)
https://<IP-address>:6789 (remote)
https://<hostname>:6789 (local)
https://<IP-address>:6789 (local)
https://localhost:6789 (local)

The package SUNWzfsg is installed and the server is running. Any ideas?

Posted by Ebbi on March 07, 2007 at 10:36 PM EST #


I am having problem running the GUI for zfs.

When I enter http\\\\ip addresss:6789, rather that connecting to server it trays to download file with application/octet-stream formate.

Any suggestion ….

Posted by allen on April 30, 2008 at 07:53 AM EDT #

Allen, be sure you are specifying the https protocol, not http:



Posted by Steve Talley on April 30, 2008 at 08:50 AM EDT #

This Tools looks great, i hope it will be available for OpenSolaris soon :)

Posted by phimic on August 15, 2008 at 12:02 AM EDT #

Steve, I am running the current version of Solaris 10 x86 and when I hit https://localhost:6789 I am able to login but it says "Launch Error" No Application is registered with this Sun Java Web Console. SUNWxfsgr and SUNWzfsgu pkgs are on the system and ZFS works fine, am I missing something. Thanks, Erik

Posted by Erik Kringlie on September 10, 2008 at 03:14 AM EDT #

I just loaded an x4140 with Sol 10 U6 (looking for those mirrored ZFS boot drives). I run into the same problem. I do see the ZFS Administration application but when I select it in the web page I just get a ZFS Admin type page but there is nothing in it.

Posted by Scott on November 18, 2008 at 02:45 AM EST #

Hi Scott
when i opened the page with Firefox, the page was empty. Opening it with IE 7 it worked...

Posted by Mike on November 19, 2008 at 08:44 PM EST #

Is this tool available in opensolaris? If not then can anybody suggest what is the web console shown in the below link?

Posted by Nilanjan Roy on August 25, 2009 at 10:45 PM EDT #

Hi Nilanjan,

The ZFS web-based GUI is not available by default on OpenSolaris.

See this thread for a possible workaround:


Posted by Stephen Talley on August 28, 2009 at 04:08 AM EDT #

This Tools looks great, i hope it will be available for OpenSolaris soon

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