RAID options/support in modern pfSense



  • I cannot find a current document outlining RAID features in pfSense.

    I am looking to do a simple RAID1, be it low end controller, or software RAID. But in addition to that i would want support for email reporting, or other reporting for if a drive fails or the array degrades.

    Or, if ZFS support could be put into pfSense too, that would be awesome + monitoring/reporting.

    Any ideas?



  • @BloodyIron:

    I cannot find a current document outlining RAID features in pfSense.

    I am looking to do a simple RAID1, be it low end controller, or software RAID. But in addition to that i would want support for email reporting, or other reporting for if a drive fails or the array degrades.

    pfsense has geom and all the modes including geom_mirror as far as I know, should be same as 8.3 (someone correct me if wrong) but keep in mind it probably won't like you messing with the boot drive

    Or, if ZFS support could be put into pfSense too, that would be awesome + monitoring/reporting.

    Disagree. I am a huge fan of ZFS & the mentality behind it and try to run it as much as possible, however I recognize it as incredibly complex and think putting it on a router right now is asking for much trouble. (let the devs get us to base versions closer to release schedule first)
    If log retention and integrity/auditing is a requirement all logs should be [properly] syslogged/nfs/etc to somewhere else anyways.



  • Well I can do RAID with the on-board intel controller (supermicro server, not some consumer grade chipset), or let the pfSense installer setup the RAID (I think I read somewhere it presents the option during install if it detects more than one drive).

    If I let pfSense do the geom setup, does it do it for all data? That's really what I want, not just some of it. Also, can you speak any more on monitoring/reporting of geom array status?

    Thanks for the info.

    @Aluminum:

    @BloodyIron:

    I cannot find a current document outlining RAID features in pfSense.

    I am looking to do a simple RAID1, be it low end controller, or software RAID. But in addition to that i would want support for email reporting, or other reporting for if a drive fails or the array degrades.

    pfsense has geom and all the modes including geom_mirror as far as I know, should be same as 8.3 (someone correct me if wrong) but keep in mind it probably won't like you messing with the boot drive

    Or, if ZFS support could be put into pfSense too, that would be awesome + monitoring/reporting.

    Disagree. I am a huge fan of ZFS & the mentality behind it and try to run it as much as possible, however I recognize it as incredibly complex and think putting it on a router right now is asking for much trouble. (let the devs get us to base versions closer to release schedule first)
    If log retention and integrity/auditing is a requirement all logs should be [properly] syslogged/nfs/etc to somewhere else anyways.


  • Netgate Administrator

    I've never tried it but I think zfs is available if you use the undocumented web based installer.

    http://forum.pfsense.org/index.php/topic,62156.msg335814.html#msg335814

    Steve