Thanks for creating this space mercenary_sysadmin.
In way I feel I’m answer my own questions, that if I have to ask it I probably shouldn’t be doing it, but I’m wondering what TrueNAS offers over… x distro with zfs-utils installed on it? Is there a “go to” distro for rolling your ZFS NAS?
I’m hoping to build a pair of NAS, one for my house and one for a family member, we are both collecting photos due to interest in photography and I vision the use case as each having our own nas but setting them up as a backup destination of one another. My question is: How?
For the purposes of this illustration I’m using 3 drives, 8tb each. I need to brush up on my naming conventions and such here but I imagine I build a zpool in RaidZ1 would use one of them drives for parity and leave me ~16TB of space. On each vdev I would then create data sets, assuming no other usage than each of our photo libraries I could create a “photos” dataset and give it a quota of 8tb and another “backup” data set with a similar quota. This leaves us with 8TB of unique data each, given some redundancy with the vdev and then backup at the end. - Is this correct?
If I’m correct so far, what’s the go to (I’m sure I feel its syncoid or sanoid (which I hear about in a certain podcast a lot)) for taking these snapshots and sharing them? Does the snapshot need to exist locally to send away or is it done entirely to the remote destination?
I see a lot of videos and guides on “how to build a nas” and others saying “raid is not a backup” but I’ve yet to see a turn key whole data solution, if I have missed it I am sorry and would very much appreciate a push in the right direction.