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Solaris 10 ZFS Essentials (Solaris System Administration) [Paperback]

Scott Watanabe
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24 Dec 2009 0137000103 978-0137000104 1

The ZFS file system offers a dramatic advance in data management with an innovative approach to data integrity, tremendous performance improvements, and a welcome integration of file system and volume management capabilities. The centerpiece of this new architecture is the concept of a virtual storage pool, which decouples the file system from physical storage in the same way that virtual memory abstracts the address space from physical memory, allowing for much more efficient use of storage devices.

 

In ZFS, space is shared dynamically between multiple file systems from a single storage pool and is parceled out from the pool as file systems request it. Physical storage can therefore be added to storage pools dynamically, without interrupting services. This provides new levels of flexibility, availability, and performance. Because ZFS is a 128-bit file system, its theoretical limits are truly mind-boggling–2128 bytes of storage and 264 for everything else, including file systems, snapshots, directory entries, devices, and more.

 

Solaris10 ZFS Essentials is the perfect guide for learning how to deploy and manage ZFS file systems. If you are new to Solaris or are using ZFS for the first time, you will find it very easy to get ZFS up and running on your home system or your business IT infrastructure by following the simple instructions in this book. Then you too will understand all the benefits ZFS offers:

  • Rock-solid data integrity
  • No silent data corruption–ever
  • Mind-boggling scalability
  • Breathtaking speed
  • Near-zero administration

Solaris10 ZFS Essentials is part of the Solaris System Administration Series and is intended for use as a full introduction and hands-on guide to Solaris ZFS.


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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 1 edition (24 Dec 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0137000103
  • ISBN-13: 978-0137000104
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 17.9 x 23.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,095,039 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The ZFS file system offers a dramatic advance in data management with an innovative approach to data integrity, tremendous performance improvements, and a welcome integration of file system and volume management capabilities. The centerpiece of this new architecture is the concept of a virtual storage pool, which decouples the file system from physical storage in the same way that virtual memory abstracts the address space from physical memory, allowing for much more efficient use of storage devices.

 

In ZFS, space is shared dynamically between multiple file systems from a single storage pool and is parceled out from the pool as file systems request it. Physical storage can therefore be added to storage pools dynamically, without interrupting services. This provides new levels of flexibility, availability, and performance. Because ZFS is a 128-bit file system, its theoretical limits are truly mind-boggling–2128 bytes of storage and 264 for everything else, including file systems, snapshots, directory entries, devices, and more.

 

Solaris10 ZFS Essentials is the perfect guide for learning how to deploy and manage ZFS file systems. If you are new to Solaris or are using ZFS for the first time, you will find it very easy to get ZFS up and running on your home system or your business IT infrastructure by following the simple instructions in this book. Then you too will understand all the benefits ZFS offers:

  • Rock-solid data integrity
  • No silent data corruption–ever
  • Mind-boggling scalability
  • Breathtaking speed
  • Near-zero administration

Solaris10 ZFS Essentials is part of the Solaris System Administration Series and is intended for use as a full introduction and hands-on guide to Solaris ZFS.

About the Author

Scott Watanabe is a freelance consultant with more than twenty-five years of experience in the computer/IT industry. Scott’s positions at Sun over the years include systems administrator, systems manager, chief architect, backline engineer, and lead course developer.


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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The ultimate shame 20 April 2010
Format:Paperback
I stopped reading on page ix, where it says, "ZFS is a 128-bit file system. Its theoretical limits are truly mind-boggling--2,218 bytes of storage and 264 for everything else, including file systems, [...]".

2,128 bytes of storage. 264 file systems. Mind-boggling, indeed.

This would be bad enough had it been typeset by Joe Bloggs in HTML 3.02, but reality check, this book proudly shows off a this big Sun logo, in good company of a this big Prentice Hall logo, also in good company of a price tag rather large for a book this size (plenty of screen shots for stuffing, too).

As for the rest of the content, a rather cursory skim suggests the only edge this book has over "Solaris ZFS Administration Guide" off sun.com are some screen shots of dubious value -- 27 pages, that's about 20-odd(!) percent, of the book is about configuring VirtualBox and installing Solaris in it.

This book is the ultimate shame on Sun, on Prentice Hall, on just about everyone involved, and is totally unworthy of being published as part of a series with such high-profile and absolutely brilliant books as Solaris Internals or Solaris Performance and Tools.

Absolute zero value for a comparatively lot of money.
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1.0 out of 5 stars A bit lightweight 15 Feb 2010
Format:Paperback
This book is a very slim volume, and while the content is generally fine it doesn't really take you very far. It's not much better than simply reading the online documentation. Not recommended unless you're an absolute beginner who likes to use a textbook.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 13 Jan 2010
By Louis Munro - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
If, like myself, you are a Solaris 10 system administrator maintaining production systems ZFS looks like a killer feature. Live-Upgrade on snapshots, dynamically resizable storage pools, atomic writes and block level data integrity through checksums... What's not to like?
Unfortunately this is not the book you are looking for.
This seems to be aimed at the junior level system administrator dipping their toes in the ZFS pool.
While the author dedicates three chapters to OpenSolaris and Virtual Box (with screenshots, no less), there is no mention anywhere of ZFS send/receive, the ZIL (tuning it), zdb or running Oracle databases on ZFS.
You will be better served by printing out the Solaris documentation and reading the various websites dedicated to ZFS and solaris [...].
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Don't Bother 1 Feb 2010
By N. Webb - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
OK first off I'm a little upset that I got this in the mail unexpectedly as I ordered it some six months ago when it was supposed to ship in a month. But, there it was, so instead of sending it back I figured I would give the book a chance, but at $30+ for a super slim technical book, expectations were high.

I was very let down. I know of ZFS, I even played with it quickly one day on OpenSolaris, but I've never used it in production, etc. I've also read a few random articles on it over the past few years, it's had a lot of buzz. Thus I'd say I have a beginner's level understanding of ZFS, but this was still very dry and boring, and lacking on the details. Perhaps I should of read the description more closely, it should read something like this:

A quick read and rehash of the ZFS documentation with a few examples and very limited scope. The book does not cover high level design or how things work under the hood, which is the reason I bought the book.

I guess the title kind of says it all "ZFS *essentials*"; the essentials are all you will get. If it were $9.00, I'd give it 3 stars, but at $30+ it's ridiculous.

DO NOT BUY!
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars $40 for a 124-pg pamphlet (paperback, no less)?! 5 Jan 2010
By blubluh - Published on Amazon.com
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On a positive note, the book covers exactly what the title claims: the essentials. But, I was expecting something more (purchased online, sight unseen). To be fair, my criticism has more to do with Sun's pricing policy than at the book itself. Perhaps, I live in an archaic, bygone pricing age.

This is the book for the administrator who needs a concise reference on how to set up and administer ZFS and how to address common failures, with each (every?) feature described and illustrated in a logical sequence. It includes both the basic and some of the less-frequent tasks (migrating UFS->ZFS pools, patching ZFS boot environments, etc.)

It's not, however, a thorough treatment of ZFS. It doesn't cover ZFS internals and implementation nor does it provide a wealth of insight into diagnostics and recovery from disasters other than a high-level treatment of "snapshot" restores and "resilvering" (disappointingly, the screenshot of a "spool status mpool" showing a "degraded" pool in chapter 2.7 refers the reader to the Sun site for what to do and the accompanying text merely echoes that advice!)

Oddly, the book doesn't address the use of ZFS with Solaris 10 zones (containers). For that level of detail, one must refer to the ZFS Administration Guide on the Sun web site (no charge). That information wasn't deemed "essential". However, ZFS with Virtual Box as a lab (i.e., practice) environment is demonstrated.

So, do I recommend the book? Yes, especially if you can get someone else to pay for it (e.g., your company).
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A total waste of trees. 23 July 2010
By lolwut - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This attempt to write a book on ZFS does a great disservice to the power of ZFS. The content was way too basic and did not provide any real insight to the workings of ZFS. Surf the web, read the blogs, this is not worth buying, even if your company pays for it.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I love the ZFS 18 Feb 2013
By Alexander V. Smirnov - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
As an IT professional, I wanted to have a reference. This book is very good for the total 0. It explain how file system works, differences between raids, and general ZFS management. It does miss some components, that is why 4 stars.
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