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I have a FreeNAS 11.2 box. I'd like to use zfs send to send snapshots to another box.

Can that receiving box be a Linux machine or does it need to be FreeBSD?

What if the FS is encrypted using FreeNAS's GELI scheme?

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Yes, you can definitely send ZFS snapshots and filesystem streams to other ZFS-based systems. There's nothing that would prevent this.

As for the usability of the encrypted filesystem on the target (receiving) server, I don't think that will work.

You're welcome to try this. Is there any reason you haven't tested yet?

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    The encryption won't matter. GELI just encrypts the data blocks stored on the disk. Once you're running the OS live from the encrypted filesystem, the snapshot is just a snapshot. I second your encouragement that the OP test. – Jim L. May 3 '19 at 0:12
  • Testing likely means building another box. That means buying hardware. I asked this question because it will inform the type of hardware I'd buy. – Adam May 3 '19 at 1:00

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