Derrick Ryalls wrote:
1) In the event of a disk failure, how do I trace back the name such
as adX to a physical drive in the enclosure?  Is there a way to take
the drive offline then use atacontrol to spin it down or something so
it is easy to identify?
In my opinion you are best off using glabel(8) to give names to the disks. This way you can name them in a way that makes sense to you. Additionally, when you create the ZFS pool you will use the glabel'd names. This means that the pool will still come up properly if something causes your devices to be numbered differently (i.e. a drive dies and you happen to reboot the system).

Depending on your controller it is also probably worth it to use one of the SATA-specific drivers in FreeBSD 8 - these are ones like ahci(4) and siis(4). While the generic ata(4) driver will work for pretty much everything, the updated AHCI drivers can take advantage of some more features. Enable the modules at boot to use them.
Any tips would be greatly appreciated.

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