Installing EON ZFS Storage, an OpenSolaris derivative for testing purposes in an Oracle VirtualBox VM is an easy task. This installation how to assumes that one has already installed VirtualBox, setup an OpenSolaris virtual machine, and booted from the EON ZFS Storage live CD.
The two relevant guides if you have not done so are:
- How to Install Oracle VirtualBox (for a test ZFS Storage virtualization platform) on Windows 7 x64
- How to Install EON ZFS Storage in Oracle VirtualBox on Windows 7 64 bit
The Test Configuration
As with the other articles in this series, here is test configuration:
- CPU: Intel Core i7 920
- Motherboard: Gigabyte X58-Extreme
- Memory: 12GB of Corsair Dominator GT 1600 C7 DDR3
- Case: CoolerMaster Cosmos S
- Drives (OS): 2x OCZ Vertex 120GB in RAID 0
- SSD: OCZ Agility 2 120GB SandForce based SSD
- Video Card: EVGA Geforce GTX 285
- Controller: Intel ICH10R with Intel Rapid Storage Technology (RST) 126.96.36.1994
- NIC (additional): Intel Pro/1000 PT Quad
- Power Supply: Corsair CMPSU-1000HX 1000w Power Supply
- Host OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
This system has plenty of memory and power to run an OpenSolaris/ FreeBSD ZFS storage system in VirtualBox plus Windows 7 64 bit.
The first step one needs to take is to login to the console. From the EON ZFS Storage virtual machine article, the default logins are:
Login: root Password: eonsolaris
Login: admin Password: eonstore
For this guide, one can just login as root for the installation. Although it is best practice to login as root sparingly, for setting up a test virtual machine, this is not a major concern.
Next one needs to start the installation process. At the command line, enter: install.sh
This starts the installation process.
As the caption on the above picture notes, one goes through a series of prompts. The important thing here is that the installation drive is the virtual drive that was attached to the virtual machine. For an inexperienced user, this makes life slightly safer than a dual boot test system since formatting the virtual disk leaves the rest of the data on the drive untouched. Also, installing EON ZFS Storage to a virtual hard disk allows the virtual hard disk to be stored in different locations. For example, I normally store active test VMs locally on a SSD but will sometimes store lower use virtual machines on the Big WHS.
After the installation has been completed, the next step is to remove the installation media CD from the virtual machine.
If one forgets to remove the installation CD, the VM will continue to boot from the static CD image rather than the newly installed operating system on the virtual disk. Many users forget this step when they are new to virtual machines because unlike physical machines (except those with KVM-over-IP) there is no physical media to be ejected.
The next step of course is to reboot the system.
There are several different ways to accomplish this task, however it is fairly easy to just type reboot at the command prompt, as shown above, and have the VM reboot. The reason the virtual machine needs to be rebooted here is because the OS currently running in the VM is running off of the live CD ISO instead of the OS now installed on the virtual disk. Rebooting with the live CD ISO not mounted will make the VM boot from the virtual disk, which is what we want.
At this point, one should be ready to go. Now one can add virtual disks and begin testing an EON ZFS Storage installation. Enjoy!