Presented by

  • Nikolai Lusan

    Nikolai Lusan

    Having studied IT and History at the University of Queensland Nikolai has been a member of the Home Unix Machine Brisbane User Group since 1996, and is a standing member of ITPA (formerly SAGE-AU). Starting work in the IT industry in 1997 in database administration Nikolai has worked as a Systems Administrator and Systems Architect in the SME environment since 1998 administering primarily Linux systems with some other systems including FreeBSD , OpenBSD, Mac OSX server, and Cisco IOS. Nikolai has administered everything from small networks with a single file server, to small dialup ISP's, hosting companies, and a fleet of web and database servers on 3 continents.


OpenZFS has come a long way in recent times, and with the deprecation of BTRFS we are not likely to see a filesystem with comparative feature set anytime soon. The ZoL (ZFS on Linux) project is now the main source of contributions to the OpenZFS code base, and is incredibly stable and robust. With OpenZFS now supporting native encryption it can simplify management of you data storage from the mdadm/luks/lvm method commonly seen deployed. Other features can improve performance and allow more efficient usage of disk storage. Whether you're storing personal files, hosting a development environment/webserver/email/database, running a virtual host, holding large amounts of corporate data there is probably a ZFS usage case for you. This talk aims to give an outline of installing, using and administering a Linux server with ZFS as the root filesystem and for data storage. This includes: * Caveats of installation and use. * Benefits of ZFS. * Designing/Managing storage pools. * Demonstration of pool creation using different disk topologies. * Using features like native encryption, block level compression, and database optimisation. * Using snapshots, including for off site backup. * ZFS and other Linux filesystems on one machine. Linux Australia: YouTube: