On Monday 03 November 2008 09:19:45 am Brent Clark wrote: > New to BSD, Using FreeBSD 7. > I need to build a test fileserver, but I want it to use Raid 5. > Googling says I must use vinum.
You have a few options, but strictly speaking the best-supported way to do RAID5 in FreeBSD is to use gvinum (vinum's GEOM-ified successor). It is part of the base system and not in ports. There is also an unofficial geom_raid5 module, but last I was aware it still had some issues (and you'd have to grab the source and built it manually). > Looking in the ports I see its not available. The links / sites google > suggests were moderately old, so my question is, whats the tool for > raid? If you replace "raid5" with "redundancy and n-1 capacity" then you could also look at geom_raid3, which is much simpler to configure than gvinum and also part of the base system. Additionally, FreeBSD 7.x has experimental support for ZFS (again in the base system and not in ports). That includes raidz, which is designed to have all of the good features of raid5 and none of the bad. I use it and it works well but you will need to do some reading and some manual tuning of your system. You'll also want a system with plenty of RAM and preferrably running FreeBSD-amd64 (vs FreeBSD-i386). If you want to look in to RAID1 or RAID1+0 see geom_mirror and geom_stripe, also in the base system. JN _______________________________________________ firstname.lastname@example.org mailing list http://lists.freebsd.org/mailman/listinfo/freebsd-questions To unsubscribe, send any mail to "[EMAIL PROTECTED]"