FreeBSD 10: Full ZFS encryption with bsdinstall

FreeBSD 10-RELEASE with ZFS encryption is being tested and rolled out as we speak!

You can check out the code changes that implement this here:

Watch ZFS full encryption install on Youtube

And yes you can do full ZFS encryption install from bsdinstall!

Check out this video for a quick run through and see how the new installer has changed to support full ZFS encryption.

It’s good to see this feature added to the standard installer. I am glad the installer from PC-BSD wasn’t just dropped in, it works well but I for one don’t want to install FreeBSD using an X11 GUI.

Encryption is implemented using geli(8) , this does mean you will need to set an encryption key with a pass phrase which you will need to enter each time you boot the system, perhaps not to good for a server sitting in a data centre with out any out-of-bands.

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