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Management for Netapp filers and vFilers

How can I manage the system files on a filer or vFiler in Netapp? There are a couple of really important system files in every filer that it's really only feasible to manage by hand. While there are ...
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How can I test my DR on Netapp without stopping replication?

I have two Netapp filers running ONTAP 7-mode with some volumes on the main one replicated to the secondary one on another site. I need to regularly test my DR, but I can't break the replication ...
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Installing boot manager to a raw LVM physical volume

Is it possible to install some boot manager to disk with raw physical volume inside (i.e. no partition table)? I tried LILO and LVM volumes became inaccessible (due to LVM structures corruption). Boot ...
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Limit on number of raid arrays in a HP P420i

On the spec sheet of P420i HP raid controller, it says the maximum number of logical drives is 64 with 512 mb cache or above. But what is the limit of the number of arrays one can create. For ...
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Max Size of Disks Supported by Controller

I am interested in purchasing (second hand) a Dell Poweredge 2950 2nd Gen server. However, the specs say it has a max storage size of 4.5tb. I am wondering if this means just what is available to ...
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How to expand memory on a virtual machine? [closed]

So I know that this question has been asked before, but this is a bit different and I believe it needs to be solved differently. This office has a machine on their local network that runs a host of ...
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iscsi with multiple lun, how linux to connect only selected lun

My 10.1.1.100 have 10 Targets. I'm initially connected to single Target by running iscsiadm --mode node --targetname iqn.2005-06.com.drobo:b800i.1112.id5 --portal 10.1.1.100:3260 --login It only ...
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Is RAID50 OK for a fileserver?

We have a new storage array consisting of 24 x 600GB 10K SAS disks arriving next week, and I'm trying to decide how best to carve up the available space for our 3-node VMware vSphere cluster which ...
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Force RAID 1+0 HP Smart Array to rebuild

I have a RAID10 with status "Ready for Rebuild", but how can I force the rebuild? # hpacucli ctrl all show config Smart Array E200 in Slot 0 (Embedded) (sn: PA6C90N9SW82IU) array A (SAS, ...
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ESX SAN overbooked, what happens if storage limit reached?

In ESX you can easily overbook the available storage with the Virtual Guests. What happens if a overbooked SAN reaches its capacity limit? Its not an actual problem i'm faced with, we just had the ...
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Local storage for Server 2012 file share under ESXi

I have an ESXi 5.5 server with two local disks, one is 300GB and the other is 2TB. The configuration is for a small organization that will have two Windows 2012 servers - one Domain Controller and the ...
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How to upgrade the firmware of HP SAS expander card without Smart Array controller or Proliant Server?

How can I update/upgrade/flash the firmware of an HP SAS expander card [468406-B21 a.k.a. 487738-001]? I used to do this using Windows and a HP P410 Smart Array controller, however that controller 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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Operational State Down on QLogic Switch

I have a QLogic SANbox 5800 Fibre Channel Switch with 20 SFP ports. Out of these 20, I can use only 16. The last 4 ports are showing Operational State Down. SANbox (admin) #> show port ...
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NetApp ipspace with common vol0 exports

I've got a requirement to use vfilers and ipspaces to segregate network traffic to a NetApp filer in a multi-tenancy environment. Unfortunately, most of it has already been implemented and designed, ...
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“Hot data” and erasure coding: how to know if it is efficiently handled?

It is well known that erasure coding adds extra complexity because of encoding and decoding operations. Due to this drawback, most of cloud services recommend to use data replication for hot data and ...
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parallel filesystem without SAN infrastructure

Is there any parallel filesystem that doesn't need SAN infrastructure ? What I want to do is to create a logical volume and attach it with multiple VMs that will use the disk concurrently.I don't want ...
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NetApp FAS 3020c, volume is full

We've noticed a problem with one of our volumes on netapp filer. It seems that volume is full, NetApp informs, that volume is using or reserving 100% of space (0% of inodes) - this is shown as the ...
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Expanding NetApp volume via spare disks

I am somewhat new to NetApp, so please bear with me. I have a NetApp appliance that I was told has spare disks. How do I: Determine how many spare disks I have available? I have tried "disk show", ...
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Unclaimed disk space but no actual physical disk present

I am working with Ubuntu server 12.04 and earlier this week we detected a bad disk in /dev/sdl. I was not able to query its mount point and it also had failed SMART tests. Today I brought a brand new ...
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No LUNs visible on ESXi 5.5 using Brocade 825 connected to EMC VNX 5300

We've just bought a new Dell PowerEdge R620 to replace the oldest of our 3 hosts in our vSphere cluster. The existing hosts are connected to our EMC VNX 5300 SAN using gigabit ethernet which is a ...
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Is there any downtime when expanding a volume on an iSCSI setup using Synology Hybrid RAID?

The subject sums up the scenario. I believe the answer is there is no downtime but the system might simply be slower during the rebuild. Which is fine. But if there is downtime, how long? A small blip ...
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What is the maximum drive size compatible with the H700 Raid controller for Dell Servers?

I am thinking of stuffing twelve 6 TB drives on my R510 server. I know the latest firmware for the H700 controller support more than 2 TB. However, there is no clear documentation on what is the ...
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Maximum size of a virtual pool in SCVMM 2012R2

I have a Windows Server 2012 R2 running SCVMM 2012 R2 and an over-committed virtual storage pool. In Server Manager the capacity of this storage pool is 128TB which translates to 140TiB which makes ...
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Replace HP Smart Array E200i without losing data

I've got a Smart Array 200i which seems to have some bad slots (slot 3 and slot 5). It doesn't matter what HD I put in these slots, it keeps telling me the drive is bad. My question is two-fold: Is ...
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Find RAID controller under Linux [closed]

I have been trying to find the RAID controller for good purpose. I need to find the right driver that works with the RAID controller. I can assure you i have a raid system in my server, here is an ...
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smartctl error end_request: I/O error, dev sdb, sector

I have a Scientific Linux 6.5 server with a RAID with SSD disks. I see several error on dmesg file but there is no alert or errors provided by the utilities of the RAID controller (LSI controller). ...
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Storage Spaces Write Rate Issue

I am setting up a Windows 2012 R2 Storage Spaces array. It is setup with 24 drives, 22 of them mirrored, with 2 hot spares, in 11 columns. I am useing a LSI 9207-8e HBA card with the latest IT ...
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With 200TB of needed storage, is a SAN a good idea?

My employer has, what I consider to be, a lot of data. We currently have about 10TB of data on our NAS, which is about its capacity, and we would have more data on it if we didn't constantly move ...
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btrfs Integrity and Stress Testing

A DevOps colleague is recommending that we begin transitioning our production environment to using btrfs. We have primarily ext4 filesystems, though some low-usage servers using ZFS (on Linux). As ...
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equallogic as direct network drive

at work we have an equallogic which currently does nothing. I know how to create volumes and configure the equallogic. But I am wondering if it is possible to use it as a direct network drive via ...
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Getting an LSI SAS1064e to recognise new drives

I have an IBM x3200 M3 server running SBS2011. This server has an LSI SAS1063e controller (the basic BR10il RAID controller that comes with that system). Already existing was a RAID1 array of two ...
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HP arrray - XP and EVA - performance monitoring

I have some HP arrays I'd like to monitor for performance. I'm making a reasonable amount of progress with my 3PARs, in using ssh connectivity and show... commands to gather performance information ...
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sg_map & lsscsi showing old storage version

I am using SUN storage and recently upgraded/refreshed my ISCSI LUN storage. We have replicated old storage to new storage and attached to our servers. I can see at SUN storage side that storage is ...
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Performance associated with storing millions of files on NTFS

Does anyone have a method / formula, etc that I could use - hopefully based on both current and projected numbers of files - to project the 'right' length of the split and the number of nested ...
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1 x Raid card and 6 sata drive over 1 SFF-8087 port [closed]

I have a question regarding LSI00328 LSI MegaRAID SAS 9271-4i Can I connect 6x sata drives to -4i card or I need -8i version
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Debian Installer Partman and reserved blocks

I did this preseed configuration but I'm unable to remove the percentage of reserved blocks directly from the partman recipe. It seems that the option "partman-basicfilesystems/specify_reserved" is ...
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Dirty Cache Dell Equallogic Storage Array

has anyone ever run into a dirty cache issue with a Equallogic SAN. Even after replacement of the controller cards in the Equallogic Storage Array fails offline with a dirty cache. I have listed ...
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Linux: Listing all local and SAN disks on a host

I am attempting to list and categorize all connected disks on a host; local and SAN-connected. The SAN use various types of adapters (namely Emulex and Qlogic) so scanning the FC bus can be somewhat ...
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How big are my disk arrays?

On my SunOS 5.10 host are there 3 Sun 6140 disk arrays, and I would like to know the disk capacities. According to zpool list do I have a 5TB and 16TB pool. format shows me only 12 disks c2t1d31: ...
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Interpreting /proc/diskstats for a webserver: more writes than reads?

Thanks to this answer I was able to see the total reads+writes for my apache webserver: [root@barricade ~]# cat /proc/diskstats | grep sda 8 0 sda 653416 315344 72474412 17441745 4597621 ...
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Display the number of I/O to disk (reads/writes) since the last boot on CentOS

Is it possible to use iostat (or some other tool) to get the number of reads/writes operation "since the last server reboot"? I mean: I'd need to know how many reads/writes the server has done since ...
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Netapp raid scrubbing on a V-Series

My V-Series NAS is running ontap 7.3, and gets all its disk from a SAN. LUNs are provisioned to the Netapp, which puts them into a raid-0. The SAN itself, of course, uses RAID with scrubbing and ...
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Modify CIFS share ACL's

I would like to modify permissions on a number of NetApp CIFS shares (over 100). These are user shares and each share has a different user with "Change" share permission, this permission now needs to ...
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0.5 TB SQL Server Database, is it possible to store in a standalone server? [closed]

We are facing the task of storing of 0.5 TB of data in a SQL Server 2008 Server. Is it possible to do it in a standalone server? Later we also want to query for generating statistics of the data (a ...
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CentOS 100% full disk, but no there any large file [closed]

In my CentOS server, hard disk is full but no there any large file in hard disk. I check files size with du command When i reboot the server problem is solve but after 1 or 2 days this problem happens ...
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EMC VNXe GNU Source Code

Does anyone know where EMC host their GNU source code for VNXe products? We are tired with calling Delhi/Idaho for them to dial in to fix trivial issues and would like to figure out the algorithm of ...
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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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Sizing of journal disks with Microsoft Storage Spaces parity volume

I'm currently speccing out a new backup server. It's going to be running Windows Server 2012 R2 with Direct Attached Storage, and I'm considering using Storage Spaces rather than using a RAID card. ...
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local RAID vs server RAID with a 10GbE connection [duplicate]

we are trying to configure a descent size (in layman's perspective) storage at my lab. I am a skilled programmer, but my knowledge in hardware at non-consumer level is very limited at this point. At ...