NAS Server

For a Solaris ZVF NAS

Why: because ZVF offers best read/write performance and offers software RAID.

Background Reading:

Evaluated OSes: Eon-Storage (no-go, wget doesn’t work), Illumian (headless server), Open Indiana (desktop), Solaris Express 11 (desktop) and Solaris 11/11 (headless server).
Preference to officially supported systems: Solaris Express 11 and Solaris 11/11.
Overall preferred option is Solaris Express 11 because it supports 32 and 64-bit, whereas Solaris 11/11 only supports 64-bit.
Hardware Specs for Solaris Express 11 here

Step 1 – NAPP-IT (Install XAMP BEFORE NAS),+ready+to+use+NAS+SAN+storage+server+with+WEB-GUI

Step 2
Open Terminal and su root. Password for root set at install time is set to expire so we need to reset the password before using it to open Package Manager.

Step 3
Install Transmission via package manager. Set-it to start as Start-Up program. Start user to auto-login.

Next Steps?

Supporting Links


VMWare ESXi Hypervisor


  • Free


  • More documentation but not in a friendly format, like big PDF docs with several dozen pages?
  • No web interface, software to install on admin machine in order to remotely access the host machine

Some links of reference:
Enable Tech Mode so that you can access the shell from the host machine itself (access is disabled by default) –
The oem.tgz to download in order to enable SSH and FTP in one go –
How to deploy the custom oem.tgz –
Accessing the datastore from the client software –
Offical Documentation –