On Tue, Nov 22, 2011 at 12:19 PM, Frank Cusack <fr...@linetwo.net> wrote: > On Mon, Nov 21, 2011 at 9:04 PM, Fajar A. Nugraha <w...@fajar.net> wrote: >> >> So basically the question is if you install solaris on one machine, >> can you move the disk (in this case the usb stick) to another machine >> and boot it there, right? > > Yes, but one of the machines is a virtual machine.
It shouldn't matter, really. As far as solaris (or any other is) is concerned, it's just a different machine. > >> The answer, as far as I know, is NO, you can't. Of course, I could be >> wrong though (and in this case I'll be happy if I'm wrong :D ). IIRC >> the only supported way to move (or clone) solaris installation is by >> using flash archive (flar), which (now) should also work on zfs. > > > If we ignore the vbox aspect of it, and assume real hardware with real > devices, of course you can install on one x86 hardware and move the drive to > boot on another x86 hardware. This is harder on SPARC (b/c hostid and zfs > mount issues) but still possible. Have you tried? :D IIRC there was a discussion about it (several years ago, I think), and the issue back then was that there might be some necessary device nodes not available when you simply move the disk around. > > The weird thing here is that the install hardware is a virtual machine. One > thing I know is odd is that the USB drive is seen to the virtual machine as > a SATA drive That's how it works when you use rawdisk passthrough. Virtualbox does not have the necessary USB-boot support (yet). Think of it like you have a SATA disk with usb enclosure, but now you remove the enclosure and plug it directly to the onboard SATA controller. > but when moved to the real hardware it's seen as a USB drive. ... and that's how it should be > There may be something else going on here that someone more familiar with > vbox may know more about. > > Since this works seamlessly when the zpool in question is just a data pool, > I'm wondering why it doesn't work when it's a boot drive. I have a hunch that it might be something related to grub. Trying something ... -- Fajar _______________________________________________ zfs-discuss mailing list email@example.com http://mail.opensolaris.org/mailman/listinfo/zfs-discuss