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Troubleshooting MySQL Performance Issues

Environment: 1 physical machine 8GB RAM some older Core2Duo CPU 1 HDD Windows Vista 64 bit 1 Virtual Machine 16 GB RAM 2 vCPUs Windows 7 64bit Both machines running MySQL 5.5.28 (64Bit) with ...
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IOmeter: Avoid caching and Raw Devices

When testing IOmeter I know always need to be avoid hitting the cache if the logical drive with the OS is testing, some I have some question about it: Do I need to avoid the memory on the controller ...
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Understanding NVMe storage and hardware requirements

I'm a bit confused about the recent developments in PCIe-based storage, particularly as it relates to the NVMe specification and its hardware compatibility. While I've worked extensively with SSDs in ...
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Windows Server Manager stuck on 'Display will be complete when the server inventory has finished…'

I cannot access Storage Pools in Server Manager because it seems that it's stuck on 'Display will be complete when the server inventory has finished...'. The little blue bar up top keeps running, so ...
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What speed should I expect from an MSA60 attached to an HP p212

I have an HP DL380 G5 with a P212 controller and a 256MB cache card/battery. The P212 is hooked up to an MSA60 enclosure, which for testing, I have populated with 8x 500GB 7.2k SATA disks. I know ...
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OpenStack Cinder: iSCSI login negotiation failure after reboot

I have a Cinder storage and controller node running on the same CentOS 7 box as Nova compute. Everything worked fine, until I rebooted. Now my instances can't mount volumes and I get the errors below. ...
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Dell R730 with QLogic 2660 16Gb FC HBAs connected to a Brocade 300 8Gb FC Switch? Will it work?

We have a standard shop with 3x Hypervisors running VMware vSphere 6.0. The hypervisors are currently connected via 8Gb FC link to a Brocade 300 (8Gb FC) switch, which is then connected to our ...
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Does the max-80%-use target suggested for ZFS for performance reasons apply to SSD-backed pools?

The Solaris ZFS Best Practices Guide recommends keeping ZFS pool utilization below 80% for best performance: Keep pool space under 80% utilization to maintain pool performance. Currently, pool ...
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Selecting an SSD to act as boot volume in an HP server

A question I recently asked regarding the use of enterprise 10k vs. 7.2k midline SAS disks led to some suggestions that the use of a mirrored pair of SSDs as a boot volume can make sense because: ...
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Is mapping a docker volume to the host “bad” for production?

My main need: to be able to map a volume defined in a Dockerfile to a different physical storage tier (which is already a logical volume in the host). This volume is in /data in the host OS: # df -h ...
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EMC PowerPath Support Matrix

I know this is a stupid question, but I've found nothing online. Does anyone know where EMC has hidden the support matrix documentation so that I know what version of PowerPath is supported with ...
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How to decide between a docker volume container and a docker volume?

After reading the docs I found myself somewhat confused as to how best to manage productive application/service data. There seem to be 3 options: Simply map volume to host directory (i.e. -v ...
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How to distribute file storage to a different filesystem with Ubuntu 14.04?

First of: I just got started using CLIs to manage a whole server, sorry if this question is stupid, but I couldn't find any solution to this. I ran into a problem with apt-get -f install, because my ...
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Are RDX removable disks a good replacement for LTO tape?

Over a period of three weeks, I experienced six complete failures of LTO-1 and LTO-2 tape drives at client sites. Some had failed mechanisms. Others lost the ability to write reliably. These were HP ...
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Nginx - Caching/processing of data when uploading a file over a reverse proxy

I am running multiple Virtual Machines (Proxmox) which each have limited storage amounts. As I am also running a File-Uploading service, I am interested if a Reverse Proxy needs more than 30GB of ...
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How to hook up a Supermicro JBOD expander to an HP DL380

I'm totally new to the subject of high-availability / distributed storage, and have to figure out a solution for a particular project. I am looking at using Windows Server 2012 R2 Storage Spaces to ...
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NAS storage problem

Im running a small program on Buffalo NAS, which is being accessed by several users through network share. Recently the program started to crash quite often and kicks out the user while they work on ...
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Can “enterprise” drives be safely replaced by near/midline in some situations?

When specifying servers, like (I would assume) many engineers who aren't experts in storage, I'll generally play it safe (and perhaps be a slave to marketing) by standardising on a minimum of 10k SAS ...
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Why are Large Form Factor (LFF) disks still fairly prevalent?

Small Form Factor (SFF) / 2.5" disks seem to have become more popular than LFF disks now due to them being preferable over LFF disks in many scenarios (lower power consumption, higher density, etc). ...
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Management interface/SSH no longer working for HP MSA storage array

I'm having issues accessing a storage array through the web interface/SSH on a MSA2324sa. I already emailed HP however I was wondering if anyone has ran into this. When I try to access the interface ...
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interpreting IOPS these Bonnie++ and iostat results

I am looking to interpret the IOPS from a few runs of bonnie++ using iostat simultaneously and using the benchmarking from this post: Can I determine IOPS on a disk array using bonnie++? bonnie++ ...
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ZFS 100TB hardware setup

We received a quote for the following server setup : Intel Xeon E5-2609V2 2 x WD RE 2TB SATA III 34 x WD RE 4TB SAS II 32 GB memory (ECC) LSI MegaRAID 9271-8i bulk, 8 x SATA III/SAS II internal ...
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SAS expander or better controller?

In the past, servers I've put together have all had 8 or fewer disks, so I've not had to give the storage controller much thought - a standard controller like the P440ar (my experience is with HP) ...
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KVM Guest using Physical SATA disk

Is there a way to get my Ubuntu server (running as a guest in KVM) to use one of the hosts SATA disks? I Want it to have exclusive access and I believe there should be a "native" way. I have googled ...
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What is the difference between a HBA card and a RAID card?

I thought I knew the difference between HBA and RAID. In my mind, HBA is offloading from the main motherboard/CPU and is simply JBOD... usually has an external SAS ports, whilst a RAID card does the ...
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Are bcache and/or dm-cache considered stable for production in 2016?

I would like to use linux SSD caching (dm-cache or bcache) with Debian Jessie production servers. (kernel 3.16) My question: Are dm-cache and bcache modules reliables in linux 3.16 ? Do I need to ...
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Purpose of '.status' VHDs that are created when booting an Azure VM

I'm using the Portal (portal.azure.com) and choosing the Resource Manager view when booting an Ubuntu VM on Azure. I'm seeing that there are two vhds that are created as part of booting the Instance. ...
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Is it possible to hide lost+found?

Given a partition intended solely for storing music, video and so-on, is it possible to hide the lost+found directory?
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Are SSD drives as reliable as mechanical drives (2013)?

SSD drives have been around for several years now. But the issue of reliability still comes up. I guess this is a follow up from this question posted 4 years ago, and last updated in 2011. It's now ...
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IBM DS3400 - how replace a good disk

I've to replace all my disks with other bigger ones. I read in the manual: Never hot-swap a drive when its associated green activity LED is flashing. Hot-swap a drive only when its associated amber ...
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Monitor which folder has used the disk storage [migrated]

I got a mac air with only 256 GB storage. Some apps must be using the storage and after deleting and moving everything I can (down to relocate mail and dropbox to external disk using symbolic links ...
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Docker no space left on device [closed]

I have a Fedora/couchdb image running on my home server for the purpose of storing data collected for research. However, I recently had a problem accessing the CouchDB interface and so I attempted to ...
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3PAR high service time overnight

I've a recently upgraded 3PAR array ( 3.2.1 MU1) , which overnight is getting some high iowaits - to the point where some paths to drop and servers to crash (particularly noticeable with e.g. Oracle). ...
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Best practices for sizing RAID 6 arrays? [duplicate]

I'm wondering what the best practices are for sizing raid 6 arrays. For example: At what point is it better to use multiple arrays or RAID 60? is spindle count the only factor? If reliability is ...
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Expanding JBOD with SAS extenders

My project is expanding 24-HDD ZFS box by adding 45-drive box with option to add another 45-drive box later (all are JBODs). Host box (24 HDDs) is Supermicro with single port expander backplane and ...
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SATA drives in HP ProLiant server?

Does anyone know if I can install normal 2.5" SATA drives inside an HP DL360 G5 server? Right now it has 6 72GB SAS drives. I am looking for raw storage for my files SAS performance in not required.
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Alternatives to Dell's mirrored SD card module for booting a small OS from flash?

Dell offers an add-on hardware card for some of their servers that provides a poor man's RAID1 between two SD cards (one card gets all the reads until it dies, writes are mirrored) for booting a ...
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RHEL 5 LVM: “dmsetup info” showing “Tables Present” as None

We have running a huge Live Setup on RHEL 5 and Storage LUNs configured on LVMs. Until recently the server is running fine but we have triggered a reboot over the machine for some maintenance purpose ...
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vCenter Thin Provisioned disk usage calculations

I'm managing a number of Thin-Provisioned VMs in vCenter 5.1.0. Each contains one virtual Harddisk. We run a pretty tight ship in terms of allocating storage, so the difference between 1 or 2 GBs is ...
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Slow disk performance on Azure Virtual Machine

Okay, so first of all, allow me to say that I'm not an operations person, but a developer. So I'm going into a bit of unknown land here, so please bear with me. I would like to use a Azure Virtual ...
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Finding out which is the failed drive on Intel SRCASRB RAID Controller

There is very old server with Intel RAID SRCASRB Controller with 4 x WD5003ABYX-0 500GB drives connected to it in RAID5 array. One of those drives has failed and I want to replace it. Since server is ...
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Distribute application as virtual machine but require external storage

I'd like to distribute a Web application as a VM image in order to make distribution, installation and maintenance as easy as possible for customers (virtual appliance). This image should include ...
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MegaRAID JBOD substitute

It seems that certain MegaRAID chips don't support JBOD (unfortunately). I've read online that to make these controllers act as a pass-through, I should configure the disks in RAID0. What RAID0 ...
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Windows Storage Server… Just a single Administrator session?

I have a server with "Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Standard" operating system. My problem is that I cannot access the server with Administrator account with two users at the same time... Just one ...
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~50tb of storage in Azure presented as a single Windows File Share

I have googled, the closest thing I have found so far is another SF question here: Azure Storage limitations The Goal: Move approx 50TB of storage to the cloud, present that storage as a standard ...
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Choosing file system block size

Considering unix/linux/bsdunix specific file systems: How can I choose/know which block size to use while creating file system? Is there any specific block size value for a particular file system ...
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Can increased disk throughput increase CPU utilization?

We recently upgraded the storage in our data center and migrated all our production systems to it. We noticed that in one machine (an HP_UX IA-64 Oracle database server for SAP), the CPU utilization ...
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Make ceph minimize spread of file parts over OSDs

I am considering an option of ceph as distributed filesystem for my home-made MAID (massive array of idle drives). As far as I understand, Ceph oriented for cluster use and spread data evenly over ...
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How can I recover 'missing' storage on a non-system volume?

I have a Windows 2008 R2 server with several RAID-1 volumes. One of the volumes has a large amount, several hundred gigabytes (about 1/3rd of the volume) that is unaccounted for. WinDirStat shows it ...
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QNAP TS-859U+ RAID5 volume unmounted, e2fsck_64 hangs

We got this QNAP TS-859U+ with firmware version 3.8.1 Build 20121205 at our datacenter. It has Intel(R) Atom(TM) CPU D525 @ 1.80GHz processor and 1GB RAM, 8 of 3TB (Seagate ST33000651AS CC44) drives ...