reverse engineering things that predecessors left without any documentation and throwing them out the window because devops

This is just a work in progress that I am working on, but if anyone is doing this – please make sure to use the 64-bit DVD iso of FreeBSD.  I have had some issues with 32-bit DVD where the install would just totally bomb with a kernel panic in Virtual Box.  ZFS really, really loves RAM and even Sun/Oracle do not recommend running it on 32-bit systems.

Also, this is a great tutorial on installing FreeBSD on ZFS: