FreeBSD contributor Colin Percival announces that ZFS AMIs are now available for FreeBSD 12.0 operating system. AMI, or Amazon Machine Images, makes it easier to deploy FreeBSD onto Amazon’s cloud computing services. See his blog below for more details on how to get started.

Earlier today I sent an email to the freebsd-cloud mailing list:

Hi EC2 users,

FreeBSD 12.0-RELEASE is now available as AMIs with ZFS root disks in all 16
publicly available EC2 regions:

[List elided; see the GPG-signed email for AMI IDs]

The ZFS configuration (zpool named "zroot", mount point on /, /tmp,
/usr/{home,ports,src}, /var/{audit,crash,log,mail,tmp}) should match what
you get by installing FreeBSD 12.0-RELEASE from the published install media
and selecting the defaults for a ZFS install.  Other system configuration
matches the FreeBSD 12.0-RELEASE AMIs published by the release engineering

I had to make one substantive change to 12.0-RELEASE, namely merging r343918
(which teaches /etc/rc.d/growfs how to grow ZFS disks, matching the behaviour
of the UFS AMIs in supporting larger-than-default root disks); I've MFCed
this to stable/12 so it will be present in 12.1 and later releases.

If you find these AMIs useful, please let me know, and consider donating to
support my work on FreeBSD/EC2 (  If
there's enough interest I'll work with the release engineering team to add
ZFS AMIs to what they publish.

Original announcement: via DiscoverBSD