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Why are cgroups (blkio serviced bytes) and iotop producing diverging results

I work with lxc user space tools on ubuntu 14.04 and I want to perform some stress tests and benchmarking within a container. I know that free and htop are not working properly in a container. I am ...
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Is WinSAT reliable to test the speed of my iSCSI, Fibre SAN, under bare metal or Virtualized?

I discovered the following command in this whitepaper: WinSat disk -read -ran -ransize 4096 -drive c Is it reliable to use against a SAN, or iSCSI drive? I would like to compare the output of ...
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Why the I/O rate difference between an LV and PV?

I have been doing some benchmarks reading with dd from both the LVM device and the PV device and I got some unexpected results: $ sync ; echo 3 > /proc/sys/vm/drop_caches; dd bs=1M count=1024 ...
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mount hardware raid disk 1 with one disk and no hardware raid controler

I have one of two raid disk (from LSI raid card) There is a way to mount it in a PC and access to the disk without the raid card? Maybe mounting or skipping the first bytes!? Thanks in advance. ...
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MySQL Extremely High Disk Activity (Read Operations)

I have 1GB Linode VPS with a standard LAMP stack. Apache is tuned fine but for some reason MySQL's disk usage is high. This is causing really slow site load times. RAM and CPU usage are fine. Can ...
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Linux RAID: Replacing Failed Drive…permanantly

Okay, odd question here. I have a server with RAID 5. A drive failed, in a really physically in a really odd way. On the machine it boots and is seen by the BIOS but...no partition can be seen on the ...
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How do I measure and compare disk performance of my Hyper-V Windows VM?

I'm not sure whether this sounds stupid or lazy, but I'm really not sure. I have a problem with the performance of a VM setup (2008R2-64bit Hyper-V running a 2003R2-32bit Windows server) and I'd like ...
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How to mount encrypted volume at login (Ubuntu 12.04, pam_mount)

I'm trying to get pam_mount working on Ubuntu 12.04. I have /dev/sda1 (encrypted partition) with /dev/dm-1 (ext4 formatted) inside it. Should ~/.pam_mount.conf.xml be trying to mount /dev/sda1 or ...
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Verify server performance

I'm looking for a quick and SIMPLE way to verify that new servers are performing as expected. The most important metric is disk performance, second is network performance. I’m trying to prevent ...
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Linux - KVM - very slow disk io

The I/O performance of my new server is pretty low. I Googled and tried everything I can imagine. First of all, here are the Hardware Components: AMD Opteron(tm) Processor 6344 4x Seagate ...
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How to correctly move application data to an attached disk on an Azure Linux VM

I have a Linux VM on Azure that originally came with a 30G OS disk. As I had an application that had accumulated a lot of data, I attached a new disk through the Azure Dashboard and here is how it ...
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Why is file rewrite slower?

on Linux, using various benchmark tools (bonnie++, iozone, etc) on ext4 (but i guess it's the same on other FS), rewrite is always slower than write to new files. For example, using bonnie++, with ...
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Are these disk errors cause for concern?

Every day I get an email from the logwatch program on our company web server. The server is running CentOS 6 and uses Apache, MySQL and PHP to serve web pages. It is a dedicated piece of hardware (not ...
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How to change disk space quota on Plesk 11

I have recently migrated a few domains on a Plesk 9 server to a new Plesk 11 server. The old Plesk 9 server had just 5GB of disk space, so I put disk space quotas on the domains hosted on it. The ...
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RAID1 Disk blocks don't match but no errors

So I have couple of disks configured with RAID1. The device is: md2 : active raid1 sda5[0] sdb3[1] 274324348 blocks super 1.1 [2/2] [UU] bitmap: 1/1 pages [64KB], 65536KB chunk Though when I ...
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An unknown tool is wiping our Virtual Machines and we can't ID it

A console view of a Windows 2008 R2 VM, on vSphere is showing the following screen: "Operation 2 of 2" "Wiping disk" Can someone advise on what this program is? Some information on this mystery: ...
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Can I rely on scsi host numbers to always stay the same?

I want to detect whether a disk is attached to the correct sata-port. While lsscsi gives me some useful information about the used host, I was wondering whether the SCSI host number will always stay ...
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actual disk iops and write merging

/dev/sdb has LVM and exposes a single logical volume, dm-0. While writing to dm-0, /proc/diskstats reports: # of writes completed sdb 29646717 dm-0 131315099 # of writes merged: sdb 101668283 dm-0 ...
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vmware thin disk usage powercli

I want to ask a question about thin provisioning. get-vm commandlet can easly give us real space used by a vm totally. Assume that you have a virtual machine which has more than one thin disk. If ...
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Convert single O/S disk to RAID 1 - Ubuntu 12.04 LTS

I have a server running Ubuntu 12.04 LTS with only a single drive. There are 2 more empty hot swap bays in the chassis. I want to add a little redundancy by adding a RAID 1 to the system. The ...
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iscsi disk over 2 TB cant initialized

I have a windows server 2012 x64. I'm free to connect and initialize the disks smaller than 2 TB. I can connect more than 2 TB disk but I can't initialize it? Windows can not determine its size, the ...
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ext4 root filesystem corruption under XenServer 6.2 DomU

We're with a problem with filesystem corruption in guest machines in a XenServer 6.2 It only happens in Linux Machines. Randomly the filesystem remounts as read-only and them corruption starts on the ...
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Virtual Allocation Unreasonably High

Just upgraded our pool to Xenserver 6.2 and installed a brand new host, also with Xenserver 6.2. Was excited about the new features since Xenserver was fully open-sources (over-allocate ram, ha live ...
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VDA Disk Fail / Virtual machine corrupt

I am hoping I can get some help here. I have a server that is hosted with a very large server hosting company and today the server became unavailable. On contacting the company they said that the ...
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WS2003 network drive gets deactivated after restart

windows server 2003 OS runs sql backups regularly and periodically i have to restart once in a while. when the restart takes place the network drive(H) becomes deactivated which i do not understand ...
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partitioning a 2x larger disk to house zfs migration

so there are numerous sites taking about using vdevs made from disk partitions like this in order to reorder vdevs of different sizes. however, i have the following physical disks: Disk /dev/sda: ...
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Resize a RAID 5 Partition

I'm moving my VG to a RAID, i have 3 disk 600GB, the VG is in the partition /dev/sdc2 /dev/sdc1 1G type linux <-- Boot partition /dev/sdc2 599G type Linux LVM One disk have the VG and with the ...
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Rebalance pooled disks

Using mhddfs multiple drives were pooled to form a big virtual mountpoint. Now using the mlimit option unbalancing is prevented, but the drives are already in an unbalanced state. Is there a script ...
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Cannot initialize disk in PowerShell : Initialize-Disk throws “The disk has already been initialized”

I'm trying to change the flash drive's partition style to GPT using PowerShell, but the cmdlet throws "The disk has already been initialized" (even though I've cleaned the drive): PS ...
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udisks-daemon eating up all my memory

I'm operating a little storage server on debian, over the past months I've noticed the process udisks-daemon eating up almost all available memory. Is this just really aggressive caching or a memory ...
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mdadm raid1, [1/2] disks failed, safe to reboot?

I am seeing the following under /proc/mdstat Personalities : [raid1] md1 : active raid1 sda2[0](F) sdb2[1] 976554876 blocks super 1.1 [2/1] [_U] bitmap: 4/8 pages [16KB], 65536KB chunk md0 : active ...
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How does loss of DWORD synchronization affect the health of an SAS disk?

I tried to get more information from the error log of an SAS disk by running the following command that prints values and descriptions of the SAS (SSP) Protocol Specific log page. # smartctl -d scsi ...
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Have to keep resetting quota for user on CentOS 6.5 while using VirtualMin

I have VirtualMin installed on a development server running CentOS 6.5. None of the users have explicit quotas, yet periodically I get write issues when running as that user. If I run as root, I have ...
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poweredge 1950 iii disk options

I have a pair of poweredge 1950 iii boxes which I use for a VMware lab. They are loaded with 64 gb of ram (I discovered that this is actually supported), a pair of quad core cpus, and a pair of 300gb ...
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Backup server (System Center 2012 DPM Admin Console) Disk Missing

My backup server was recently powered off by an employee who was unaware of what they were doing. When I powered it back on, I entered the admin console to see that all of the volumes that were ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 disk utility SMART self-test failed threshold not exceeded

I'm using the "Disks" program in Ubuntu 14.04 (live DVD) to assess the health of a drive I suspect is failing. However, when I first opened the program, it showed that the overall health was OK and ...
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Any ideas out there as to why a Dynamic Disk in Windows shows “failed redundancy” every time the machine is rebooted?

The unit in question has a software RAID handled by Windows. I'm not a big fan of software RAIDs, but the owner of the unit insists it is setup that way. Every time the unit is powered off, either ...
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How do I check disk performance of LVM drive?

I have a CentOS server with 2 hard drives configured to use LVM over RAID1. How do I benchmark my hard drive? As seen in this question, I have used the following commands: # check read performance ...
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Debian mail server's Maildir folder with too many files causing disk I/O to go on high load

I have a Debian mail server running Postfix, Courier and Maildir, with disks on EXT3 filesystem. I have noticed that when I use my webmail application (Squirrelmail, in this case). It gets some kind ...
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SATA III HDDs not working on SATA II RAID HBA

I would appreciate any help with this. We have Sunfire x4275 disk server with Sun StorageTek SAS RAID HBA and trying to get working these disks: WD RE 4TB Enterprise SATA III (WD4000FYYZ) Sun RAID ...
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Rotating external disks while keeping the same drive letter in Windows 2003

On a Windows 2003 R2 server, two external USB disks are being used for backup purposes, one at time. The units are identical (same manufacturer and model) and retain the same volume name (although I ...
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fsutil does not give me any output

I have an exchange 2007 server (win2003) over a vmware cluster. I want see the blocksize of some disks. But looks that fsutil does not work properly because it does not give me any output. ...
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Linux not buffering block I/O when the device is not “in use” (i.e. mounted)

I am installing new server and I've found an interesting issue. The server is running Fedora 19 (3.11.7-200.fc19.x86_64 kernel) and is supposed to host a few KVM/Qemu virtual servers (mail server, ...
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How to rearange disks with a new SSD

Here is the problem: I have a Debian server with only 4 disk bays. At the moment there are 4 x 1GB SATA disks in software RAID 10. I'd like to swap one of the SATAs with a 1GB SSD disk and move the OS ...
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Two servers with inconsistent disk speed

I have two servers of identical spec (bought at the same time), except for the drive configuration: Server A: C: and D: drives are partitions on the same 2 disk RAID 1 E: is a 2 disk RAID 0 ...
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Why Wmi info for disk size is wrong?

i am expecting a very curious problem. In a script collecting disk infos on a list of W2008 servers, i realize that, for some servers, the Wmi info for the disk size is wrong. My Powershell command: ...
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data writing mechanism in SSD and impact of file change

I wanted to ask this question basically because of write endurance of SSDs. How is data written in SSDs (in MLC type). Say a file of 2 Kb is there and if a block size is 1 Kb, then first 1 Kb of file ...
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High Write I/O “Pulsing” with dtrace errors

We are experiencing "pulsing" writes to disk (from 1 writes out/sec pulsing up to 142+ writes out/sec) around every 10 seconds. See this example image: ...
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CentOS Volume Group remount after reboot

Using centos 6.2x86_64 /dev/sda is primary disk /dev/sdb is secondary disk. The volume group size of /dev/sda was not enough so i increased the size of volume group using vgextend command. It was ...
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File-level SSD cache

My windows development environment gets pretty slow sometimes, it's a huge code base. I was thinking of speeding this up by using an SSD, but I want a way to do it while not requiring myself to carry ...