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iSCSI SAN RAID 10 Performance — Poor Read, Good Write

I have a EqualLogic PS4000 SAN unit with the latest firmware, setup in RAID 10. I have 3 2TB Volumes on the SAN shared out via iSCSI on 2 eth ports on two different subnets. I have moved a test server ...
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Setting up a multi-host SAN

I'm looking for some advice on setting-up multi-host I/O access on our SAN: I have a blade enclosure (PowerEdge1000e) containing an Equallogic PS-M4110 storage blade with a single RAID6 volume ...
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2answers
243 views

ESXi boot time with 9 iSCSI targets

Our ESXi hosts have always been slow booting when it came to iscsi_vmk loaded successfully - sitting here for almost 5 minutes. In all a full server reboot takes almost 12 minutes. We have 9 iSCSI ...
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1answer
303 views

How to configure multiple iSCSI Portal Groups on a EqualLogic PS6100?

I am working on a migration from a VMware vSphere environment to a Hyper-V Cluster utilizing Windows Server 2012 R2. The setup is pretty small, an EqualLogic PS6100e and two Dell PowerConnect 5424 ...
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1answer
125 views

how to determine the iscsi target's naa in linux

I understand that iSCSI uses iqn / eui to identify target LUN. Once I have discovered the iSCSI target and logged in is there a way to determine the LUN's NAA id for the remote target from a linux ...
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1answer
159 views

Best method to share ISCSI lun across cluster of app servers

I'm in the process of migrating our cluster to new hardware. We use bare metal servers, no virtualization. Currently, we have around 30 "application" servers. When we make an update, we push the ...
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2answers
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Sharing a SAN LUN across 2 clients

I have an ISCSI SAN that we purchased to store images for our cluster (2TB of images). After reading, we probably should have gone with a NAS rather than a SAN, but back to the point. I'm going to ...
6
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1answer
127 views

IQN Naming convention

I've seen a lot of information about how IQN's should be formatted, but there's not a lot of information on how to build them. I'm kind of a newb when it comes to iSCSI, and i have it working, but I'm ...
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220 views

ESXi 5x: Changing number of IOPS per path sees dramatic improvements

I'm a bit embarrassed that I've never seen or used the -iops parameter as part of the esxcli deviceconfig options. I stumbled upon an article and proceeded to benchmark before and after using various ...
2
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1answer
686 views

XenServer 6.1 Reports Wrong Storage Amount in XenCenter

We're using XenServer 6.1 Advanced on three blades in a pool. I'm in the process of moving storage from an old SAN to a new SAN using Storage XenMotion. So far, so good! I discovered though, on a LUN ...
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262 views

10GbE with FCoE with SAN and LAN traffic is a good solution?

I'm building a small datacenter from the ground, and I'm considering 10GbE. I'm looking for some advices about this decision. I've compared Infiniband, FC, 10GbE and LACP with GigE, and in the end ...
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4answers
101 views

SAN newbie: Using a server like an ISCSI gateway for a purely FC SAN device

I am very new to SANs and have inherited an old EMC CX300 to play with. The CX300 is purely FC, but I'd like to experiment with ISCSI as well without having to purchase an expensive ISCSI gateway ...
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1answer
108 views

Accessing iSCSI LUN from OS X and Debian simultaneously

My setup is the following: Synology Disk Station as iSCSI target OS X 10.8 as client Debian as client I don't like to know that I should use WebDAV or similar file sharing protocols. I'd like to ...
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0answers
44 views

SANHQ iSCSI network access

Trying to setup and configure SANHQ on a virtual server. Network I have patched 1 vmnic from each ESXi host into the iSCSI switch and configured the switch ports to access the same vlan as the san. ...
4
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1answer
186 views

SAN Performance Slow

I have an iSCSI HP P2000 loaded with 12 x 300gb DP SAS drives. This is connected to 2 DL385 servers with 64gb RAM running XenServer. The SAN network is multipathed via 2 gigabit switches (4 x copper ...
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1answer
208 views

SAN: is it better to have separate LUNs for operating system and data of virtual machines? [closed]

We have an iSCSI SAN that will be used as backing store for virtual machines. We use Xen and will directly present the LUNs as block devices of VMs (so there is no file system with files on it for ...
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1answer
142 views

SAN HQ Write Latency

We have an iSCSI SAN setup with Dell's EqualLogic PS series SANs. SAN HQ reports a 30ms write delay. Is this 30ms for the SAN box itself to write the data to the disks, or does the 30ms also include ...
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1answer
309 views

Why MPIO instead of 802.3ad Team for iSCSI

Doing my first server to iSCSI target and I thought i would be off to a running start by teaming my NIC on the server (conventional 802.3ad team). However, from many online sources I see this is NOT ...
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1answer
496 views

Dell Compellent SAN with ESXi 5.1 iSCSI

I have a Compellent SAN that I am trying to point to my ESXi server through iSCSI. In the Compellent UI: i've created a volume. It, of course, says the volume is offline until you map it to a server. ...
2
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4answers
697 views

iSCSI SAN for vCenter Cluster

I'm looking to setup a SAN for a VMWare vCenter cluster of ESX hosts. I'd like it to be the primary storage device for VMs. There will be up to 10 hosts in the cluster eventually. I'm creating a ...
1
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1answer
318 views

Attach storage drive in a VM via iSCSI initiator or VHDX on the Hyper-V host

Our current 200-user infrastructure is based upon XenServer and a StarWind iSCSI SAN. The C: drives for the virtual server's OS are mounted in XenServer SR volumes which are in turn virtual hard disks ...
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2answers
142 views

When is iSCSI Required or Most Useful? [closed]

Background: I have two SANs (Dell Equallogic PS6100E, though not necessarily an eql. question). I have a NAS that connects to them (FS7600). That NAS is on the regular network lan, but has it's ...
2
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0answers
2k views

iSCSI issue; “the media is write protected”

i've got some serious issues with w2k8 r2 standard and iSCSI controller. i'm running dell server, connected via ethernet to synergy NAS, which is handling LUN via iSCSI. i'm using ms iSCSI initiator ...
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2answers
228 views

large iSCSI disk a good idea on an entry-level “unified” NAS?

I am working on implementing a D2D backup solution for ~150 computers based on Crashplan ProE (no cloud storage). For the storage backend, I picked up an Overland Snapserver DX2 head unit and one ...
0
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2answers
153 views

iscsi versus non-iscsi san?

We are considering adding a SAN. I have two choices right now, the Dell MD3000 and the Dell MD3000i, 15 x 146Gb san drives. Naturally the latest model is more expensive (2x as much), but can ...
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1answer
691 views

How do you get iSCSI multipath to discover new LUNs that have not been partitioned yet?

Oracle Linux 6.3 iscsi multipath shows LUNs with existing file system but not the raw block devices that have not been partitioned yet. When I run multipath -ll it will show a LUN that has previously ...
6
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2answers
611 views

links between switches for iSCSI

We inherited a SAN/vmWare/iSCSI setup with both Dell and HP equipment purchased for it, but not fully setup, and we need to get some additional switches to make it all work. But we're getting ...
1
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1answer
366 views

Dell Powerconnect 7024 and iSCSI on Dell PS6000

I am setting up an iSCSI environment for a Windows Server. I will be using 2 Dell Poweconnect 7024s , 1 Dell PS6000, and a Windows Server (2008 R2). I have more experience in fiber switches and EMC ...
0
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0answers
77 views

Cannot login to ISCSI Target - hangs after sending login details

I have an ISCSI target volume, to which i am trying to connect using CentOS Linux server. Everything works fine, but cannot its stuck at login. Here are the steps i am performing: [root@neon ~]# ...
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2answers
246 views

iSCSI using uplink ports on switch

Do the uplink ports on switches typically work okay as iSCSI ports? We're adding a 10gb iSCSI SAN, and want to get a combo switch (48x1gb & 4x10gb SFP+ uplink ports) and use the 10gb for the iSCSI ...
3
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1answer
488 views

Page allocation failures on iSCSI storage

We have a CentOS 6.3 iscsi server (16GB RAM) running on Infiniband bus (ipoib). When the load is high I can see multiple errors: Sep 3 23:22:20 stor4 kernel: tgtd: page allocation failure. ...
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1answer
385 views

Separate iSCSI traffic across two physical NICs if possible?

This question is a follow-on from Dedicated NIC or dedicated port for iSCSI? Excluding the hardware iSCSI initiator point that was made in the accepted answer to the above question, it seems that ...
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4answers
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10Gbps iSCSI network transferring at only 2Gbps

I have a performance issue with my SAN. I have a full 10Gbps private network setup. I have the following setup 1 - Mac with Connected with via Fiber Transciever 10GbE 1 - Windows 7 PC with 10GbE 1 - ...
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1answer
184 views

Starwind iSCSI shrink device

I have a 600GB device setup and attached via iSCSI using the free version of Starwind. I've found I'll need to use 300 GB of the host drive for another purpose and would like to resize the 600GB image ...
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1answer
825 views

Howo to get Multipath IO with Dell MD3600i into active/active setup?

I'm desperately trying to improve performance of my SAN connection. Here's what i have: [root@xnode1 dell]# multipath -ll mpath1 (36d4ae520009bd7cc0000030e4fe8230b) dm-2 DELL,MD36xxi ...
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3answers
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How to best tune Dell PowerVault MD3600i SAN/Initiators for best performance?

Recent owner of a Dell PowerVault MD3600i i'm experiencing some weird results. I have a dedicated 24x 10GbE Switch (PowerConnect 8024), setup to jumbo frames 9K. The MD3600 has 2 RAID controllers, ...
3
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2answers
901 views

DAS vs SAN storage for serving 2 to 4 nodes

We currently have 4 Linux nodes with local storage, arranged in two active/passive pairs with storage mirrored using DRBD, running virtual machines (actually using Xen Hypervisor) for typical hosting ...
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1answer
70 views

Cache in Storage array [closed]

Hi I just started working in a Storage Lab. I am new to Storage Area Networks, I did lot of searching on Internet about this. I have two doubts : How can we know whether a Storage array has a cache ...
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2answers
586 views

Multiple iSCSI Targets or 1 that's shared?

On my network I have several types of files I want to save on a SAN like: SQL db's and logs Exchange data Random files Now I'm wondering if I should create one iSCSI Target with a large volume and ...
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1answer
260 views

Dell Equallogic PS6100x network configuration

So we just picked up a new PS6100x and I'm wondering if I need to setup the ethernet channels myself or is it automatic? It's configured in an HA setup; dual controllers connected to redundant cisco ...
3
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1answer
161 views

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 ...
5
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1answer
2k views

Configuring HP “Multifunction” NIC for iSCSI SAN

I am about to implement a SAN here using a HP P2000; the SAN itself is on-order (ETA a couple of weeks) so in the meantime I'm getting the rest of the equipment up and running. The SAN has ...
29
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3answers
4k views

Tuning iSCSI storage

This is a Canonical Question about iSCSI we can use as a reference. iSCSI is a protocol that puts SCSI commands as payload into TCP network packets. As such, it is subject to a different set of ...
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1answer
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vSphere 5/Dell MD3000i multipathing configuration clarification

Revisiting an older vSphere setup with two Dell 1950s, 4 NICs per host: esxi1 and esxi2 for simplicity sake. SAN is a Dell MD3000i, two controllers, two NICs per controller: rc00 and rc01; rc10 ...
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1answer
1k views

Which events specifically cause Windows 2008 to mark a SAN volume offline?

I am searching for specific criteria/events that will cause Windows 2008 to mark a SAN volume as offline in disk management, even though it is connected to that SAN volume via FC or iSCSI. Microsoft ...
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0answers
245 views

install network drivers on a diskless windows 2008 R2

I have a dell r715 with a Broadcom NetXtreme II 1 Gigabit Server. I am booting my Windows Server 2008 R2 through iSCSI from a SAN. I want to install my network drivers. When I try to install my ...
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0answers
882 views

Volume manager of Windows Server 2008 R2 does not show all iSCSI volumes

we set up a backup server (Win2k8 r2) for our VMware infrastructure which uses an iSCSI SAN for storage. The backup server has to be connected to the SAN for Veeam to be able to backup virtual ...
3
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2answers
509 views

RHEL iSCSI on FreeNAS

I am able to mount a iSCSI SAN drive onto multiple RHEL Servers, but when I make changes to the files on SAN, they are not evident on the other servers sharing the same drive. Am I missing something? ...
5
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1answer
1k views

Esxi with iSCSI SAN slows down with many multiple VMs running

I have a server with ESXi 5 and iSCSI attached network storage(4x1Tb Raid-Z on freenas). Those two machines are connected to each other with Gigabit ethernet, and a procurve switch in between. After ...
8
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2answers
243 views

Can i pause VM's while power-cycling iscsi storage array

Unfortunately I may have to power-cycle my storage array. In the context of using KVM with libvirt managing the Virtual Machines where i need to power-cycle the storage array, is it possible or even ...