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ZFS Volumes

In ZFS, volumes are the flip side of the coin from a dataset.

Like a dataset, a volume is a child of the parent pool. But that is where the similarity ends.

On creation, the volume is given a specific size, and ZFS creates a virtual disk device with an equal size.

You might be asking, “Why would you need to do that?” And that is a fair question.

The most common uses for ZFS volumes are:

  • Export via iscsi (for diskless workstations, virtual machines, and the like)
  • Swap (the merits of this are debatable, but some people do it to try to prevent out-of-memory events)
  • Uses similar to .iso files, and the like

As an example: Assume a volume “grindstone/iSCSI1” (exists on the pool grindstone as iSCSI1), the virtual block device would exist in /dev/zvol/grindstone/iSCSI1 and if exporting via iSCSI, that device is what you would export.

Like datasets, volumes can be fine-tuned by configuring them using their variables.

ZFS Variables

ZFS Volume Variables

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zfs/volume.txt · Last modified: 2018/07/08 16:29 (external edit)