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I just upgraded from FreeNAS 0.7.2 to NAS4Free 9.1 and have an old ZFS pool imported. Freenas used ZFS v15 and Nas4free is using v28. I would like to wait a bit before upgrading, but have a new disc I would like to plug in before that.

I'm wondering if it's possible to have an old disk with zpool v15 and to configure a new disk to be zpool v28? As I understand upgrading takes place "by pool", so I believe this should be possible?

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Sure you can. The version is a pool property:

# zpool get version ovs m1
m1    version   15       local
ovs   version   23       default

Note also that while upgrading a pool is generally a good advice, beware that after doing it you won't be able to import that pool on systems that do not support the new version.

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Thanks jlliagre, it's exactly what I was looking for! – optimist7 Jan 6 '13 at 23:42
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@MilesErickson thank you for instructions :) – optimist7 Jan 8 '13 at 8:20

Yes you can keep the old version.

However there are reasons to upgrade:

  • the newer version has far more features
  • you can still go back (as far as I see) to FreeNAS you just have to use newer version.
  • to tell the truth v15 was a long time ago

But yeah you can keep the old version, no worries and no side effects to be expected.

EDIT Yes, but FreeNAS 8.3 supports v28.

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Thank you cstamas! I will upgrade after a week or so, just want to make sure everything is running smoothly - unfortunately zfs v15 was the highest zfs version in Freenas 0.7.2, it will not work with zpool v28. – optimist7 Jan 6 '13 at 23:41

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