Category Archives: Mac

Cleaning up after KernSafe Trial

I’ve recently been evaluating iSCSI target drivers on my Mac. I tried several and I won’t bore you with those details but one, iSCSI Initiator X from KernSafe, did cause some issues following the evaluation. I wanted to capture the steps I needed to follow when I noticed severe performance issues following my evaluation period.

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Solaris 11 Serial Console

I am providing support for Solaris Cluster again and have am now on a Mac (Hacintosh) using Vmware Fusion for my virtualization. Before you proceed with this tutorial, you must first install socat on the Mac as it is used to perform the console I/O redirection.  I suggest using homebrew:

brew install socat

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Using ZFS in OS X

I recently decided to try out the OpenZFS implementation of ZFS on my mac desktop and so far, I’m impressed. In this post, I’ll cover some of the issues encountered along the way. Let me start by describing my configuration. My desktop is a hack(intosh) with Mavericks installed on two internal 1TB drives. The primary boot drive is partitioned into one big slice and I use CarbonCopy to clone this disk to the second disk. My goal is to migrate my home directories, /Users, to a ZFS mirror and keep OSX on it’s own partition. This is pretty simple with two disks but I thought I would cover the steps here and hopefully help others down the ZFS path. Continue reading

Burn ISO Image

My desktop system is a Mac and I use VMware Fusion to test operating systems and cluster configurations.  Oracle sometimes delivers the Oracle Solaris Cluster software in a tarball so here’s how to burn it to an ISO image which can then be mounted inside the virtual machine:

hdiutil makehybrid -iso -udf -joliet -o solaris-cluster-3_3u1-ga-x86.iso solaris-cluster-3_3u1-ga-x86