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Nexenta: Convert syspool to AHCI drivers

When using Nexenta it is highly recommended to attach the syspool disks via AHCI instead of SATA. Attaching them via SATA might cause I/O errors leading to complete outages. The only way to solve this is to replace the driver with AHCI.

Normally changing the driver for the syspool requires a complete reinstallation. However if you want to avoid this simple follow this guide:

  1. Boot with Nexenta Setup CD; Choose “Rescue System”
  2. when booted import the syspool with:
    zpool import -f syspool
  3. Install boot loader on ALL disks belonging to the syspool, e.g. for the first disk:
    grub-install /dev/rdsk/c0t0d0s0
  4. Export the syspool:
    zpool export syspool
  5. Reboot

Done. The system now uses AHCI drivers.

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  1. KM
    December 31st, 2012 at 13:46 | #1

    do you have any idea how to do that on Nexenta 4 with illumos kernel?

    I tried with installgrub /boot/grub/stage1 /boot/grub/stage2 /dev/rdsk/c0…
    but this didn’t work…

    • Ronny Egner
      March 14th, 2013 at 18:22 | #2

      Sorry i haven´t tested Illumos OS so far.

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