System & Maintenance

FreeBSD: Creating partitions and file systems

Short how-to on working with partitions and filesystems using gpart, newfs, zpool, etc.

FreeBSD and 4k sector drives

Guide on dealing with Advanced Format (4k sector) drives.

Install FreeBSD 11 on ZFS mirror (GPT or MBR)

Article describes installation procedure of FreeBSD with root filesystem on ZFS mirror.

Install FreeBSD 10 on gmirror/gstripe/simple UFS partitions (GPT or MBR)

Article describes installation procedure of FreeBSD 9 with UFS filesystems on gmirror/gstripe or simple partitions.

Encrypted FreeBSD

Install FreeBSD on encrypted partitions using cryptographic GEOM.

Initial configuration

Configuring a freshly installed FreeBSD 9 system.

Ports for newly installed system

Must-have ports on any system.

Downgrading ports

Portdowngrade helps to downgrade FreeBSD ports by analyzing the history of commits to the port and presenting the user the list of changes. By selecting one, the port can be set back to a previous version easily.

Update, build and install world and kernel

Updating base system howto.

ZFS: Maintenance

Examples of ZFS maintenance tasks including dealing with failed hard drive(s), network backups, etc.

UFS: Maintenance

Boot from FreeBSD installation media and restore UFS-based system using remotely stored backups or move the system from one drive to another.

SMART: Disks maintenance

The smartmontools package contains two utility programs (smartctl and smartd) to control and monitor storage systems using the Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology System (S.M.A.R.T.) built into most modern ATA and SCSI hard disks.

FreeBSD (ez)jail howto

The FreeBSD jail mechanism is an implementation of operating system-level virtualization that allows administrators to partition a FreeBSD-based computer system into several independent mini-systems called jails.