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From the Back Cover
- Rock-solid data integrity
- No silent data corruption-ever
- Mind-boggling scalability
- Breathtaking speed
- Near-zero administration
About the Author
Scott Watanabe is a freelance consultant with more than twenty-five years of experience in the computer/IT industry. Scott’s positions at Sun over the years include systems administrator, systems manager, chief architect, backline engineer, and lead course developer.
Top Customer Reviews
Unfortunately this is not the book you are looking for.
This seems to be aimed at the junior level system administrator dipping their toes in the ZFS pool.
While the author dedicates three chapters to OpenSolaris and Virtual Box (with screenshots, no less), there is no mention anywhere of ZFS send/receive, the ZIL (tuning it), zdb or running Oracle databases on ZFS.
You will be better served by printing out the Solaris documentation and reading the various websites dedicated to ZFS and solaris [...].
I was very let down. I know of ZFS, I even played with it quickly one day on OpenSolaris, but I've never used it in production, etc. I've also read a few random articles on it over the past few years, it's had a lot of buzz. Thus I'd say I have a beginner's level understanding of ZFS, but this was still very dry and boring, and lacking on the details. Perhaps I should of read the description more closely, it should read something like this:
A quick read and rehash of the ZFS documentation with a few examples and very limited scope. The book does not cover high level design or how things work under the hood, which is the reason I bought the book.
I guess the title kind of says it all "ZFS *essentials*"; the essentials are all you will get. If it were $9.00, I'd give it 3 stars, but at $30+ it's ridiculous.
DO NOT BUY!
This is the book for the administrator who needs a concise reference on how to set up and administer ZFS and how to address common failures, with each (every?) feature described and illustrated in a logical sequence. It includes both the basic and some of the less-frequent tasks (migrating UFS->ZFS pools, patching ZFS boot environments, etc.)
It's not, however, a thorough treatment of ZFS. It doesn't cover ZFS internals and implementation nor does it provide a wealth of insight into diagnostics and recovery from disasters other than a high-level treatment of "snapshot" restores and "resilvering" (disappointingly, the screenshot of a "spool status mpool" showing a "degraded" pool in chapter 2.7 refers the reader to the Sun site for what to do and the accompanying text merely echoes that advice!)
Oddly, the book doesn't address the use of ZFS with Solaris 10 zones (containers). For that level of detail, one must refer to the ZFS Administration Guide on the Sun web site (no charge). That information wasn't deemed "essential". However, ZFS with Virtual Box as a lab (i.e., practice) environment is demonstrated.
So, do I recommend the book? Yes, especially if you can get someone else to pay for it (e.g., your company).
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book serves more as a primer or general introduction to ZFS. A lot has changed with the file system and new features have been added since its publication rendering this title... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Petros Koutoupis
This book is very expensive and tiny ! + Worst it s not very well written. All the info (even better infos) can be find on Internet for FREE>Published on September 19, 2013 by FreeKabylia
This book is probably not the book you want. It covers the superficial aspects of ZFS and little else. Read morePublished on April 14, 2013 by Astie
This book was able to provide lots insightful information on this file system technology.
Thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. Its very concise and wastes no space... Read more