Current Version (free and Pro): 0.9f3 see changelog
Download napp-it ZFS server.
You have three options, select your use case:
Option1: napp-In-One (napp-it based all in one server)
Download one of the VM storage appliances, unzip (prefer 7Zip) read the included readme and upload to ESXi - may take some time.
Preconfigured ESXi ZFS storage appliance, Version 15a
Dec 19, 2014, initial setup
- VM: 25 GB
- OmniOS 151012 stable
- Vmware tools from ESXi 5.5U2 installed (default setup, vmxnet3 from Solaris 10-64)
If you want to try Solaris 11 vmxnet3 driver, read
vmware tools installer is in /root with vmxnet3 drivers in /root/vmware-tools-distrib/lib/modules/binary/
- napp-it 0.9f3
- OmniOS 151010 stable with OpenSSL 1.0.1h with vmware tools from ESXi 5.5U1 installed
OmniOS 1008 stable, napp-it 0.9d2/ 0.9e1 with vmware tools 5.5 and vmxnet3 + e1000)
download napp-it_13b_vm_for_ESXi_5.0-5.5.zip (use only for tests)
Download and read these manuals
how to setup napp-it
how to setup napp-In-One
Manuals for Oracle Solaris 11 Express (valid also for OI and OmniOS, click on download pdf)
after Download you can update
- OmniOS to 151010 newest, see http://omnios.omniti.com/wiki.php/Upgrade r151008 r151010
- napp-it to 0.9f1+ (napp-it menu about - update)
For OmniOS/OI/Solaris Express 11: download Oracle manuals for Solaris Express 11, google them
or check http://archive.today/snZaS (Express 11 - downloads are working, links refer to new Solaris 11))
Oracle Solaris Express 11 and its free fork OmniOS/OI are nearly identical beside encryption.
appliance 13a: initial release 2013, problem with e1000 on ESXi 5.5
appliance 13b: base napp-it config (install add-ons separately), e1000 with tcp offload disabled
appliance 14a: full napp-it config, first release 2014 with all add-ons and services
Napp-in-One offers the most options and flexibility. Download ESXi 5.0U3, 5.1 or 5.5 free without RAM-Limit from vmware.com (ESXi is a ultra lightweight Hypervisor - think about as a Super Deluxe Bios extension where you can run supported operating systems like BSD, OSX, Linux, Solaris or Windows side by side, each with best performance). You should own a modern mainboard with passthrough support (vt-d) to virtualize your NAS/SAN with similar performance like a barebone setup or you can try a physical RDM (Raw Disk Mapping) setup.
Install the free ESXi 5.5 (or 5.1) edition. enble pass-through support in your mainboard bios and in ESXI. Download the zipped and preconfigured VM, unzip it and upload the VM folder via ESXi filebrowser to a local ESXi datastore. Import the VM with a rightclick on the .vmx file within the folder. Add your SAS controller as a pci device via pass-through to your OmniOS SAN VM and boot it up. It is ready to run with 5.1/5.5 vmware tools, two nics (e1000 and vmxnet3 in dhcp mode) and root pw unset. Run ifconfig at console to get current ip and manage via browser and http://ip:81.
In a larger ESXi environment, you can use several Napp-In-Ones where each ESXi use its own local highspeed ZFS SAN. No single point of failure and no SAN bottleneck. You can use Napp-In-One datastores locally or remotely and you can use combined VMmotion and storagemotion to move to another machine.
Download a ready to use napp-it ZFS server VM based on current OmniOS stable.
For end-users this is free even commercially. Resellers need a bundling license.
Please discuss problems at http://forums.servethehome.com/solaris-nexenta-openindiana-napp/
ESXi 5.1 U1: stable
ESXi 5.5 initial: not stable
ESXi 5.5 U1
There is a bug with ESXi 5.5U1 regarding NFS stability; please update 5.5 -> 5.5 U1 and then the 5.5U1 NFS bugfix
Howto update ESXi:
ESXi 5.5 U2 seems stable
Option2: barebone setup
Use this method if you like your own setup, if you only need simple NAS/SAN config without advanced support for other operating systems or if you need a dedicated highspeed NAS or SAN.
Download a bootup ISO of OmniOS, OpenIndiana or Solaris 11.1, burn it and install to a local Sata disk or fast USB stick (min 16GB, prefer 30 GB, best are SSDs). Configure your network and install napp-it via online command
wget -O - www.napp-it.org/nappit | perl
After setup I suggest to clone the bootdisk to an external disk or an SMB/NFS share (can be your desktop) with clonezilla (from USB stick) or with the help of an 3,5" hardware Sata raid 1 enclosure. If you care about uptime, do a ZFS boot mirror on two disks. If you use a hardware raid-1 enclosure, I would use it with its hotplug capability to clone the bootdisk - not for regular raid-use as they are not as good as ZFS mirrors.
In case of problems, use the bootable backup disk or restore from image with clonezilla within minutes.
Option3: napp-it ToGo (napp-it on USB)
- Download ready to use samples
Napp to Go is a preconfigured ready to use installation of OmniOS + napp-it on USB sticks suitable for a special mainboard. You must plugin the stick into the same USB slot that was used during installation.
Napp-it to Go is ideal for distribution, tests or deployment of napp-it. You only need to download the image, clone or backup it with the
included Windows USB imager to a fast 16 GB stick. You can then bootup your NAS. It is ready to use in a dhcp environment or you must set ip manually.
Download von "napp-it to go Sample images". (Ready to use USB images, download, boot, run)
-Build your own USB/ napp-it ToGo setup (suggested as the samples are not always up to date)
- use a 32 GB Stick, best is a 30 GB Sata SSD in an USB enclosure
- do a regular setup
- disable ZFS property atime to reduce writes
- backup/clone the Stick with my USB cloner (or use clonezilla) for easy restore
I have tried to setup AFP with a new install on OmniOS 1008 and failed with
ld.so.1: afpd: fatal: libsasl2.so.2: open failed: No such file or directoryy.
My other config (OmniOS1006 with AFP installed and the updated to 1008 work)
Please read the Manuals:
Like a Desktop environment on OmniOS?
seems possible, see http://pkgsrc-us-east.joyent.com/changes.html#major-changes-in-pkgsrc2013q4