Advices and comments on planned proxmox/ZFS config

sebastien chanson

New Member
Jun 5, 2023
Hi all,

I am on the process of setting a small proxmox virtualisation server (around 10 linux vms). I am new to this kind of setup I was working on vmware before.
I read throught the doc and forum which answered most of my questions there is however few shadowy points.

  • Disk setups
Looking at the proxmox/ZFS doc I ordered an HP DL360-G9 (old but cheap) without raid hardware. I planned:
  • 2 disks for the OS in first RAID1 ZFS volume (SSD HPE 240GB SATA 6G Read Intensive SFF)
  • 4 disks for the data in second RAIDZ1 ZFS volume (SSD HPE 1.92TB SATA 6G Mixed Use SFF)
This is were I have few question:
  1. Reading the documentation ZFS on Linux , should I play around with volblocksize or ashift parameters to improve data/parity ratio. Maybe I should reconsider and move the RAIDZ1 in 2 RAID1 but I will lose one disk worth of space....
  2. I read few thing around ZFS loging and journal, my SSD read intensive for the OS is maybe not indicated, as the journal is write intensive. Should I look into moving the journal to the RAIDZ1 pool? Is that only possible?
As I am new to proxmox I might have understood things the wrong way and there is a better solution for my config, feel free to comment.

Thanks for your help.

Side note, references I have read but I do not feel that I have understood fully.

I might have found partial answer there for RAIDZ1.
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