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Does ZFS replace the need for hardware/software RAID?

I want to install Freebsd 9 on our servers. We have 6 HDD and 2SDD. SDD will be used for database. For now we're planning to use Raidz2 for HDD instead of Hardware Raid. But for 2 SSD, I'm not use which choice is better, ZFS raidz1 or Hardware Raid1?

And can anyone please help to provide a document about how to install Freebsd 9 on bootable Raidz2?

I have found a document, but it's used for Freebsd 8.Some commands don' work on Freebsd9

http://freebsdwiki.net/index.php/ZFS,_booting_from http://wiki.freebsd.org/RootOnZFS/GPTZFSBoot/RAIDZ2

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marked as duplicate by Chris S Jul 29 '12 at 16:28

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This question really has two parts. The first is an exact duplicate of the "Duplicate Question". The second part, you can't boot from a RAIDZ, you can only boot from a mirror. You'll want to carve off about 1GB for a root partition on each disk for a mirror (I'd recommend using the SSDs for this, and the rest of the SSDs in 2 more mirrored partitions for L2Arc and ZIL), which will include /boot, and put the rest of the disks in a RAIDZ. If you want more details on how to do this please ask. I personally run a setup very similar to this. We've got a couple FreeBSD and ZFS experts around too. –  Chris S Jul 29 '12 at 16:32
    
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I do not have much experience with ZFS raidz1, but I prefer gmirror to hardware RAID1 for ease of management.

http://www.freebsd.org/doc/handbook/geom-mirror.html

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