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NetApp RAID DP - and disk space of parity drives

I've been reading: http://community.netapp.com/t5/Tech-OnTap-Articles/Back-to-Basics-RAID-DP/ta-p/86123 That basically describes RAID-DP as diagonal parity raid. But there's one thing that's ...
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HyperV-2012R2 Storage Migration cannot migrate entire VM in FCM

I am new to HyperV and currently moving our setup from esix4.1 to 2012R2 HyperV. We were testing out the storage migration and it is pretty cool but I could not figure this out: - If the VM is not in ...
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Using NAS for Local Storage and Box as backup? [on hold]

I hope I'm in the right place to ask this question... My company uses Apple computers and we deal with AutoCAD files. We're currently using box.com to sync our files, but the issue is that when ...
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Production vm storage? [closed]

what do you use for production VM storage? i mean explicitly not home lab storage but something you use in the office and don't own yourself. Do you or your management have any regulatory / formal ...
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New EC2 server, C: drive is full. What can I do?

I signed up for a trial of Amazon EC2 and created a new instance with all the defaults. Upon first login the 30GB C: Drive only had 150 megs free. I went ahead and created a new volume and have a D ...
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Email storage server - NAS or SAN? [closed]

I'm looking for storage server that could store ~34TB (34 SSD disks of 1TB) of emails. I'm thinking about two NAS QNAP storage servers, but I'm not sure if it's OK to use NAS instead of SAN. Any help? ...
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RAID-5: Two disks failed simultaneously?

We have a Dell PowerEdge T410 server running CentOS, with a RAID-5 array containing 5 Seagate Barracuda 3 TB SATA disks. Yesterday the system crashed (I don't know how exactly and I don't have any ...
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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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Identify Disks on SuperMicro server running FreeBSD

I am running on a SuperMicro 2U server with 6 disks in a ZPool. I want to identify each drive bay using the Drive Carrier LED from running a command from a tool in FreeBSD. Is there a way to do this? ...
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Software RAID underneath ESXi datastore

I'm building an virtual environment for a small business. It is based around a single ESXi 5.1 host, which will host half a dozen or so VMs. I'm having some doubts regarding how to implement the ...
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Does the amount of disks in a RAID10 matter for a Microsoft SQL server in regards of the block size?

We are planning to deploy a Microsoft SQL Server and to store the databases on a RAID10 (RAID1+0) block-level-storage. Does it matter how many drives altogether I put into the array for optimum ...
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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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Why I cannot initialize disk to MBR in server 2012 with the new Server Manager?

Why I cannot initialize disk to MBR in server 2012 with the new Server Manager ? just GPT is allowed?
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VMware ESXi SSD on RAID showing as non-ssd

I am replacing a KVM server with a ESXi server. I just installed ESXi 5.5u1 and added a data store. The new server has 4 SSD drives in RAID 6 using hardware RAID. When I added the data store VMware ...
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PowerVault MD3000 Password Reset Console Password

I need to reset the password on a Dell PowerVault MD3000. I have the necessary password reset cable and am able to get to the point where I am prompted for the "password from Dell Technical Support" ...
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Same device, mount different partitions in different servers

I have two Linux servers which have connection to the same disk device, on a fiber channel connection (I didn't configure that, it was already there). I can see on both servers the disk showing up as ...
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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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Linux on VMware - why use partitioning?

When installing Linux VMs in a virtualized environment (ESXi in my case), are there any compelling reasons to partition the disks (when using ext4) rather than just adding separate disks for each ...
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Solaris x86 11.1 and qlt driver — only 3/4 ports attach

I'm using the QLogic QLE2564 4-port 8Gb HBA. The problem I have is that when I attach the qlt target mode driver to the card, only 3/4 ports attach the driver. ffffc10006854e58 pciex1077,2532, ...
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RAID1 very slow with LSI card and 2x Samsung EVO 850 drives

not sure if I'm checking it correctly, but here is what I have. Desktop, LSI 9260-8i card, see config below. 2x 500Gb Samsung 850 EVO drives. I also have Samsung 830 drive attached to motherboard ...
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Storage issues: Prolonging the life of a legacy Compaq ML370

I have an original ML370, from before there even were generations (2000). The storage system is comprised of a Smart Array 431 controller, 2 9.1 Gb Ultra3 SCSI (COMPAQ BD009635C3), and 4 146.8 Gb ...
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HP's $1,000 RAID Controller is outclassed by on-board raid?

HP's $1,000 Smart Array P822 controller is outclassed by an on-board raid controller. I'm having a hell of a time trying to figure this one out. My problem is that performance on the HP controller is ...
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Will msa2324sa work with MSA60?

We have an HP msa2324sa (HP MSA 2000 g2 sas) and need to expand storage. Will the MSA60 work with the msa2324sa? Will the MSA60 support 6TB drives? We're looking at WD Red drives. Why do ...
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How to reliably map vSphere disks <-> Linux devices

Task at hand After a virtual disk has been added to a Linux VM on vSphere 5, we need to identify the disks in order to automate the LVM storage provision. The virtual disks may reside on different ...
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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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Quick method to determine SSD drive health?

I have an Intel X-25M drive that was marked "failed" twice in a ZFS storage array, as noted here. However, after removing the drive, it seems to to mount, read and write in other computers (Mac, PC, ...
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Extremely fast booting server

I'm changing the way that our DHCP/DNS stuff works at work. Currently we've got 3 DNS servers, and a DHCP box. All of them are VMs. There's a circular dependency where stuff booting requires NFS, ...
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Storage volume is not avaliable from second node AIX 6.1 OS

My environment comprised AIX 6.1 OS installed over six physical servers and connected via brocade switch to DS8000 SAN storage. I am aiming to build HACMP cluster on two physical machines in a way ...
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HP MSA 2040 drive not detecting

We are running the MSA 2040 with 1.2TB 10k SAS drives with no issues. But was just trying to get the 300GB 15K SAS drive on it. But it doesn't detect. According to the specification of this enclousre ...
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during snapshot merging… are deleted transactions ignored?

If i take a snapshot in vmware/vbox for example and soon after i delete a 5GB file.. the snapshot delta file will grow +5GB with the deleted files content to allow it to be recovered by restoring the ...
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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 ...
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SSD's or HDD's in a LANcache? [migrated]

I am building a LANcache for a lanparty that I'm organizing. We have about 80 visitors (pretty small LAN), but our uplink is limited to 100mb/s due to reasons and it's constantly saturated with game ...
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DPM 2012R2 - Disk to Tape

Is it possible to bypass the Disk to Disk to Tape in Microsoft DPM 2012 R2? To go from live data straight to tape without staging storage? (I'm pretty sure DPM 2010 could)
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KVM - Sharing A Physical Hard Drive Between VMs

Installed Ubuntu 14.04 and will be ditching VirtualBox to go to KVM per some recommendations. With that in mind, I have a full physical SATA disk that I would like to share between a few VMs. Is ...
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Why are Large Form Factor (LFF) disks still fairly prevelant?

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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How to secure OwnCloud? [closed]

I am not literate when it comes to servers, but I like the idea of having my own cloud storage for privacy reasons. OwnCloud is targeting (at least a little bit) the "DIY-home-user" so it seemed to be ...
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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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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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Will 3ware controllers continue to rebuild when I reboot the computer?

I am using a 3ware 9690SA-8I controller and one drive in my raid 6 hick uped and now the raid is rebuilding. Meanwhile I noticed I have an unfortunate combination of stupid programs and I need to ...
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P410i: replacement disk disk is not synchronizing; Port ID changed from 1l: to 2l:

Little problem: Our SA 410i changed the adress of slot 5 of the disk-backplane from Port 1l: to Port 2l:. I don't know why there were no configuration changes made. We have an HP 380 G6 with an ...
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RAID controller won't rebuild RAID-1 array

I have a RAID-1 array on a desktop computer. The RAID controller is a 3ware 7006-2. Recently the controller has been reporting ECC errors from one of the drives. It was able to correct all of those ...
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HDD compatibility to rebuild for RAID

Last year we build a RAID 1 with Western Digital 2 TB drive model number WD20EARS. Unfortunately one of the drives failed. We are unable to find any new drives of the same model number. What do we do? ...
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Rebuilding RAID 10 array with two failed drives

I have dedicated server with 4 HDD in hardware RAID 10 configuration and It worked fine until yesterday, when It started to crash randomly on couple minutes. I’ve contacted my data center and they’ve ...
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RAID5 Array issues - copy data or replace drive first

I have inherited a critical situation as follows. 2 x 16-Disk RAID5 Storage systems (one holding master data, one holding backups) Backup system had no monitoring and two disks failed so all data ...
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How long should a RAID Reconfiguration take? (Adaptec 6805)

I'm experimenting with various RAID configurations of a new Adaptec 6805 (not the 'E' model) Attached are 8x Hitachi 5400RPM 2TB SATA 6Gb Drives using the miniSAS to SATA cables provided. I created ...
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esx4 vmfs3 raid rebuild

I have a ESX 4.1 Server with a storage on RAID 60. After the rebuilding of the RAID the vmdk-files are not working in my VM. On starting VM I have this error: Cannot open the disk ...
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Is there any way to build a linux software raid system without all drives?

I'm building a raid1 (ok it will probably be a raid10,f2 but the difference with 2 drives... isn't much) system with 2 1TB drives. However, 1 of the drives I've ordered is bad so I'm RMA-ing it. I'm ...
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S3 upload delayed

I have 2 servers using the same data located in AWS S3 storage. One is processing HTTP traffic, the other does longer lived jobs. How it works is that HTTP one saves data to S3, dispatches event to ...
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19" Rackmountable fast storage arrays

I'm in need of some fast (15+ GB/s write) and somewhat large (50+ TB) storage subsystem with a standard storage interface. I'd prefer something other than Fibre Channel, which admittedly appears to ...
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Hooking up many different external HDs simultaneously

I need a large amount of external storage for an upcoming project. I'm planning on purchasing 10 2TB external drives. I need them all hooked up to a single machine at the same time. What issues ...