Shout out to OmniOS / IllumOS platform

Discussion in 'Solaris, Nexenta, OpenIndiana, and napp-it' started by AveryFreeman, Apr 22, 2019.

  1. AveryFreeman

    AveryFreeman ESXi + ( BSD / ZFS ) = HAPPY

    Mar 17, 2017
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    Hey all,

    Just wanted to mention how much I love the IllumOS platform since I changed file server OS last Aug.

    I still use FreeBSD and Linux (primarily Ubuntu or CentOS) for software support every now and then, in a couple instances I use NFS shares from OmniOS to other OS and mount using fstab so it behaves like a local folder. This way I can use software unavailable on OmniOS but still keep all the storage centralized to my file server.

    But man - when I need a file share OmniOS has just been so dead easy on my network it's saved me days if not weeks of fiddling with Samba.

    I'm pretty active on the IX Community (FreeNAS forum) because I used to use FreeNAS before switching to FreeBSD then switching to OmniOS for my file server. Still like the forum, but haven't used FreeNAS in over a year.

    Tried installing newest version of FreeNAS in a VM and integrating it into my domain network. User and group lists were immediate upon domain membership, but it all ended there. Samba file shares wouldn't work (dreaded "neverending password prompt") domain user auth not possible without lots of extra setup.

    Just no appetite to mess with Samba for day after day anymore. OmniOS is where it's at.

    Just set up a new dataset in domain-connected OmniOS server. # zfs set sharesmb=on zpool/dataset

    Bam. On Windows network working properly, proper permissions (set by domain controller).

    So ... Sooooo NICE!

    I was hoping FreeNAS had caught up, but it's lightyears behind.
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  2. gea

    gea Well-Known Member

    Dec 31, 2010
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    Yes, Sun did a phantastic job with ZFS and the OS/ZFS embedded SMB server with integrated AD support.

    Unlike SAMBA the goal was not to offer flexible SMB access with many options to any Linux/Unix OS and filesystems but to simply emulate Windows server shares with their ntfs based permissions and snaps as previous versions. Share properties are ZFS properties and permissions based on Windows SID instead of Unix UID/GID are extended ZFS attributes. Never loose permissions after a backup/restore - even to another server. No config file like smb.conf with all the settings to adopt the options and differences between all the filesystems and operating systems SAMBA is running under.

    It just works with a set share = on/off for a ZFS filesystem.
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  3. DedoBOT

    DedoBOT New Member

    Dec 24, 2018
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    The ridiculous thing is when you need to tune Win server file sharing performance , the great way is just to mirror Solaris 11.4 out of the box smb and network related settings :).
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