DigitalOcean Volume and FreeBSD Droplet

Earlier this year, I decided not to throw as much money in some dedicated online server (dedicated racked server) from Not that the service would have been horrible, but with my current budget I could not offer myself such a high level service anymore.

So and since I had already tested DO (DigitalOcean) VPS (Droplets), I had migrated my mail server there. It was a simple 40GB / 2GB / 2CPU VPS with ZFS installed until recently, so with just one disk.

I’ve just taken some time to read about the new “volume” functionality they offer, and read it’s possible to add some DO Volume to ZFS with ease. So I created a new 40GB volume, and attached it to my droplet. FreeBSD discovered the disk instantly (transfer rate seems insane to me):

(da0:vtscsi0:0:0:1): UNMAPPED  
da0 at vtscsi0 bus 0 scbus2 target 0 lun 1  
da0: Fixed Direct Access SPC-3 SCSI device  
da0: 344054.232MB/s transfers  
da0: Command Queueing enabled  
da0: 40960MB (83886080 512 byte sectors)

Then, I partitioned the disk so that it’s the same GPT scheme:

gpart create -s GPT da0  
gpart add -t freebsd-boot -a 4k -s 512k -l gptboot1 da0 # there was a gptboot0 already  
gpart bootcode -b /boot/pmbr -p /boot/gptzfsboot -i 1 da0  
gpart add -t freebsd-swap -a 1m -s 2gb da0  
gpart add -t freebsd-zfs -a 1m da0   

and then, attached the freshly partitioned zfs volume to the existing pool:

zpool attach zroot vtbd0p3 da0p3

After a few minutes, ZFS had resilvered the data:

zpool status  
  pool: zroot  
 state: ONLINE  
  scan: resilvered 7.57G in 0h14m with 0 errors on Mon Oct 17 14:32:29 2016  
        NAME         STATE     READ WRITE CKSUM  
        zroot        ONLINE       0     0     0  
          mirror-0   ONLINE       0     0     0  
            vtbd0p3  ONLINE       0     0     0  
            da0p3    ONLINE       0     0     0  
errors: No known data errors  

Just that fast and easy, and my data are now mirrored. :D