MergerFS Pool and User Shares

  • I have been trying to build a new media server for home use. I have chosen to use OMV and am happy so far. I could use some assistance in building the user shares which
    will be accessed using the CIFS/SMB in Windows. This is my confugrautin so far:


    1 * 4TB Data (EXT4)
    2 * 2TB Data (EXT4)


    I'm currently booting from a USB flash drive using the Flash plug-in and may switch to an SSD in future.
    I will be adding another 4TB for parity when I get to SnapRaid. Plan to use Plex media server and MySQL for Kodi. I also plan to use VirtualBox eventually.



    I have installed the Unionfilesystem plugin and successfully built a pool using MergerFS. I can see the pool online. My questions are:


    1) Should I create a single top level share in the pool and create other folders as needed in Windows?
    2) Should I create top level shares each for movies, music, photo in the pool?
    3) If I am creating shares directly in the pool, do I need to worry where (read disk) individual files are being stored by MergerFS? I am using the default MergerFS options.


    Any ideas would be appreciated.

  • 2) Should I create top level shares each for movies, music, photo in the pool?


    I'd go that route, that way you have proper permission control over all folders.


    3) If I am creating shares directly in the pool, do I need to worry where (read disk) individual files are being stored by MergerFS? I am using the default MergerFS options.


    Files will be spread even over all hard disks (considering free space) as far as I know, so if you ever want to ever access them manually be aware that they're spread. Doesn't matter much though since you could allways make the pool and get the files from the merged pool and get them from there if necessary.


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  • Thanks guys for chipping in. I found lot of useful information in the past few days and I have made good progress. I have tested the MergerFS configuration and I could see speeds of 100MB/s or more for writing to the pool. I still have a quite a bit of work to be done before I move this server to production.

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