Running OpenBSD on OmniOS using bhyve
The bhyve hypervisor has been ported to Illumos and provides an altervative to KVM. SmartOS created an OpenBSD image but it’s quite old. I don’t know (yet) how to upgrade or make more up-to-date images. But I could manage to run OpenBSD 7.4 on OmniOS.
SMB shares using OmniOS, zones and ZFS
OmniOS / Illumos provides a native way to expose data stored on ZFS using the SMB / CIFS protocol. Furthemore, using zones limits the attack surface of a server ; or a least, the impact of a compromised service. Long story short: I replaced my UFS+Samba shares with ZFS+Solarish.
Discovering Omnios Server
Doing some tidying in my network, computers and VPS collection, I went looking for a piece of software that could be used : at home, as a file server, a backup server and a VM lab. at colloc, as an hypervisor. After looking at SmartOS , I tried OmniOS . It is also based on Illumos . The notes go here.