• ready to use and comfortable ZFS storage appliance for iSCSI/FC, NFS and SMB
  • Active Directory support with Snaps as Previous Version
  • user friendly Web-GUI that includes all functions for a sophisticated NAS or SAN appliance.
  • commercial use allowed
  • no capacity limit
  • free download for End-User

  • increased GUI performance/ background agents
  • bugfix/ updates/ access to bugfixes
  • extensions like comfortable ACL handling, disk and realtime monitoring or remote replication
  • appliance diskmap, security and tuning (Pro complete)
  • Redistribution/Bundling/setup on customers demand optional
please request a quotation.
Details: Featuresheet.pdf


Basic guides and How To's

Installation and Setup of napp-it appliances, please read them first

News, Tips and Tricks

Napp-it basics

1 ZFS Design principles
Download 1: zfs_design_principles.pdf
Download 2: zfs_design_principles.pdf

2a. One Pagers for beginners (a page per item)
Download 1: onepagers.pdf
Download 2: onepagers.pdf

2b. Setup SMB shares and ACL
Download 1: solarish_smb.pdf
Download 2: solarish_smb.pdf

2c. OmniOS (Solaris) server and Apple OSX clients
Download: apple_osx.pdf

3. Build examples from home to Petabytes
Download 1: napp-it_build_examples.pdf
Download 2: napp-it_build_examples.pdf

4. How to Setup and update napp-it on OmniOS, OpenIndiana, Solaris or Linux
Download 1: setup_napp-it_os.pdf
Download 2: setup_napp-it_os.pd

5a.The base barebone manual for napp-it:
Download 1: How to and setup.pdf
Download 2: How to and setup.pdf

5.b Installation of the napp-it ZFS server as a embedded ESXi virtualized SAN VM
Download 1: How to setup Napp-In-One
Download 2: How to setup Napp-In-One

and  HowTo Setup ESXi

5.c ZFS HA Cluster with storage and service failover SSF of
ip, services, pools, permissions, user and jobs

Download 1: How to setup a HA ZFS Cluster

Download 2: How to setup a HA ZFS Cluster

5.e Local ZFS fileserver + secure Internet access + S3 compatible Cloud storage via minIO
Download1: dreamteam.pdf
Download2: dreamteam.pdf

5.f Cloud-Filer: use napp-it as a local Filer + Cloud S3 in a multiuser environment
S3 Integration as a filesystem sharing option

6. Featuresheet and pricelist about napp-it:
Download 1: Featuresheet.pdf  and Pricelist
Download 2: Featuresheet.pdf

7a. Read/Download current Solaris 11.x manuals

7.b Manuals for Solaris 11.1 (available in different languages) , very good for Illumos (beside encryption) 01/

8. Tuning and other guides

8.1 Performance OmniOS 151034 vs 151036, Disk vs Flash vs Optane,
Intel Xeon silver 4110 vs Epyc 7302, default vs sync and encryption enabled

Download1: epyc_performance.pdf
Download2: epyc_performance.pdf

8.2 Intel Optane 32G/800P/900P NVMe, a game changing technology for faster pools
Download1: optane_slog_pool_performane.pdf
Download2: optane_slog_pool_performane.pdf

8.3 Allocation Classes (special/dedup vdevs): Performance improvements and when to use
Download1: special-vdev.pdf
Download2: special-vdev.pdf

News, bugs, be up to date, join the follwowing maillists (join them, its important)
Illumos-discuss (archive)
OmniOS discuss

Openinidana dicuss
SmartOS discuss

9. More docs...

Rolebased usermanagement + Filer + Backup + external secure Internet access

ZFS Encryption with user-lock/unlock via SMB shares and autolock/unlock based on rules and timetables encryption.pdf

LX Zones in napp-it (new) to run lightweight Linux container under OmniOS  (currently Solaris only, OmniOS, OI under development)

High Performance 2 x 12G SAS Multipath Storage

High Performance SMB storage ex for video editing on  OSX and Windows
Performance and principles (up to 600 MB/s - 800MB/s write and read with SMB2 and Jumboframes and some OS tunings)

Benchmarks about number of vdevs, sync-write (ZIL) and SSD only pools

Infos about napp-it scripting, napp-it file structure, modifications or debugging (work in progress)
Advanced User

Video tutorials

Matt Ahrens (one of the original ZFS developers) and others

OpenZFS Basics
How ZFS Snapshots really work
OpenZFS Device Removal and RaidZ Expansion
zfs send and receive
Dedup performance

ZFS encryption (Tom Caputto/ Datto)

See also the STH Buyers Guide

Less known Solaris features from Joerg Moellenkamp
Less known Solaris features

More videos
videos about setup

Howto flash LSI SAS onboard or PCIe HBAs controllers to IT mode on EFI boards, lsi sas.pdf

How to use USB as a datastore in ESXi 6 (possible option for napp-in-one at home)
you can use the new free ESXi webclient  to create a datastore in ESXI (stop usbarbitrator per CLI)

Oracle Solaris Manuals:

Oracle Solaris 11 manuals

Manage SMB file sharing in Oracle Solaris 11.4 01/pdf/E61013.pdf

Illumos based systems like OmniOS or OpenIndiana
are quite identical to Oracle Solaris 11 Express (beside encryption)
so you can use the Oracle Docs for Solaris Express 11 and Illumos based systems as a reference.

Download Solaris Express 11 manuals
google or check (downloads are working, links refer to Solaris 11)

Example: Oracle Express 11 manuals
Introducing Solaris 11 Express
First steps with Solaris 11 Express

Archive of complete Solaris 11 Express manuals, use the pdf download link as they refer to the old versions (download them)

How to install mpio on a Windows server

About disk failure rates and reliability failures.pdf

Other Guides and Wikis


Napp-it is a Perl application. Perl is included in most Linix and Unix systems and still best suited for local and cgi system management
and string manipulation based on regular expressions with a good file locking mechanism for multiuser text manipulation.  (german)

To create and edit Perl scripts, I use the Dzsoft Perl editor (now free)  (key, free)

OmniOS wiki wiki:



About extending napp-it using Perl

napp-it 31.12.2022