In the meantime, this is a great, well-performing machine which handles data in and out of the machine pretty quickly for a relatively cheap, general-purpose fileserver.It’s possible to save about 300 euros off the above component list cost, by buying a combined case/power supply (- ~150 EUR), for example Antec NSK6580, using a cheaper processor (- ~30 EUR) and installing only 2GB non-ECC RAM (- ~60 EUR), plus the disks dropped 20 EUR each since I bought them (- ~60 EUR).

Overall, the machine using this hardware seems to run really well and performs well.

The only thing that didn’t work under Solaris (SXCE snv_b82 ) was the audio, but I don’t care about that at all.

I mean, you buy a 750GB disk and end up with 692GB — what a con!

ZFS works best with a 64-bit processor and lots of RAM, the more the better, apparently.

This must be exact to the sector if you need to rebuild your partitions.

In particular the Open Indiana installer will destroy the partitions beyond the ninth, and if you need more than nine partitions, you will have to recreate them.

A convenient tool for saving/restoring the partition layout is sfdisk. You can do that from a live-CD/DVD/USB : The /dev/sda notation is what you'd encounter if using a Linux Live CD/DVD/USB.

The /dev/dsk/c0t0d0p0 notation is typical of Solaris systems.

To find out what letters your disks are assigned to, you can use "" in Solaris.

Select ext3 (or ext2) as the file system type for Linux root.

However some vendors ship the computer with all four primary partitions used, so you may have to delete one of them and replace it by an extended partition, then reinstall the deleted one as a logical partition.