Dam you DTrace!
SmartOS is pretty wicked, but, as a Windows and occasional Linux monkey, the cmd line was a bit daunting to figure out. There is a lot of info on the the SmartOS wiki, but, none of it geared to Solaris/illumos/SmartOS neophytes, and, it is all over the place.
To begin, boot SmartOS from USB or CD. The OS will copy into memory and begin the “installation”. SmartOS runs from memory so there really isn’t much of an install. You only need to set your admin NIC, config it’s settings and choose the disk(s) you want to use for your zpool.
This cost me a few hours of frustration tonight. Turns out that any OS but Windows 7/2008 R2 and RHEL/CentOS 5 running on a Supermicro X8SIL needs to have Active State Power Management turned off in the BIOS otherwise network connectivity will drop shortly after start up.
You can find it at Advanced, Advanced Chipset Control and disable Active State Power Management in the BIOS.
Cheers to Lee Ticket for ending my frustrations.
I’ve been running a home-brew storage server for a few years running on an old version of FreeNAS. Actually, it was a XenServer 5.5 box with FreeNAS running as a VM with 2TB of storage presented to it via a HP P400 RAID card I had lying around. The setup worked, but, it lacked in horsepower.