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Identifying failed hard drive in RAID

I have a server which is running customized version of Debian. It is attached a sun storage raid. It has very limited tools and installing new tools is not allowed. :( This message I see in dmesg: ...
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Most efficient way to setup massive high-availability storage in Azure to work with multiple VMs?

I'm looking into various options for setting up massive high-availability storage in Windows Azure, to use together with my Azure VMs. The VMs need to be able to work with the storage as if were a ...
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Mail Server Storage Backend: Filesystem VS Database

I am trying to compare mail server software to decide which to use at the ISP where I work. I'm confused mainly about which storage backend is better for such use (again, at an ISP, i.e expected large ...
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Beowulf cluster storage setup [closed]

I'm a Computer Engineering student working on a project with a Verari blade cluster, a bit outdated for today standards. I had acquired some Unix experience but I'm not an expert at all. This Verari ...
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What limits a Device not to detect multiple LUNs behind a single target?

What limits a Device not to detect multiple LUNs behind a single target? What is required to make this possible in broad perspective? I want to know if there are any limitations in SAS/SATA or SCSI? ...
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How to monitor the hard disk status behind Dell PERC H710 Raid Controller with CentOS 6?

I have a Dell server running CentOS 6 using PERC H710 Raid Controller card with Raid 5 setup and I want to monitor the hard disk failure/working status behind the Raid Controller. Then I should be ...
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Can someone explain the important differences between fabric, point to point, and loop on a fibre san?

I have a fully redundant HP 8/20q FC SAN that has been working well, but as I dig deeper into things looking for more performance, I'm quickly at the end of my knowledge when it comes to FC ...
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less IOPS number but better READ/ WRite performance [closed]

I tried measuring virtual disk performance using bonnie++. Case 1 result : Using uid:0, gid:0. Writing intelligently...done Rewriting...done Reading intelligently...done start ...
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iozone: 5 concurrent threads random read of 300K blocks does more ops/s than using only one thread, what could be the underlying reason?

The partition is in RAID1 using software RAID. Command line used: iozone -s 190g -r 300k -O -b test_file OPS Mode. Output is in operations per second. ...
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Can NetApp Snapshots be used as Backups?

Our shop relies very heavily on NetApp Volume Snapshots for backups. We use traditional agent-based tape backups for some of our data but by and large we rely on the Snapshots for the majority of our ...
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Linux: Get information/stats about storage network

I want to know as much info as possible about the SAN a linux server is connected to. What commands will give me the most comprehensive view? Simply knowing the WWN of LUNS doesn't do much for me. ...
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dd output file larger than input file when executed with conv=noerror,sync

I am trying to backup an LVM on one of my servers with the following command: dd bs=4M conv=noerror,sync if=/dev/vg_volgroup/LvmName | ssh myuer@myip "dd of=/home/myuser/LvmName bs=4M ...
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How often should I scrub my RAID?

In general I would like to know how often a RAID array needs to be scrubbed. What contributes to the need to scrub more often (reading data?, writing data?, unexpected shutdowns?, drive age?, drive ...
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iSCSI MPIO disconnections

We have a test cluster setup with MPIO and all seems to be working well. The setup is using Windows Server 2012 r2 with a qnap as the backend storage. Routes are as follows; 172.16.10.10 (qnap port ...
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What are challenges with Linux Storage Servers having 7 or 15 drives? [duplicate]

I'm evaluating options for image webservers for Tralev (in the case it grows). I was looking into Hetzner's storage line. They offer storage servers with 7 and 15 drives. 7 drives with software ...
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Change disk used by a long running process

Let's suppose I have process that does long calculations (e.g. it's been running for days), it uses a disk as temporary storage to store intermediate results (for example mounted at /mnt and I want to ...
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linux minimal block size [closed]

Question : I would like to know if one could create an empty partition with a very small block size, say 100 bytes, and get their experience on the long run. Are there any gotchas ? Context : I ...
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SAN zoning advantages and disadvantages

We just got a SAN, and I will be assisting in installing it and configuring it, I asked someone to explain to me what we will gain using SAN zoning, but he was unable to answer my question, could some ...
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Performance Difference SAS vs. SATA?

Can not find that anywhere it seems. What is the expected performance difference in a storage backend scenario that is heavily parallellized in access (like a SAN, Virtualization host storage etc.) ...
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new hyper V High Avaliability setup and SMB 3.0 storage

I am looking at building an new 2012 R2 with Hyper V setup, everything has to be HP hardware. 2x HyperV 2012 R2 servers running 20-30 VMs. These will be dual 6 core xeons with 128gb of ram. 2x 2012 ...
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Dell raid configuation issue omsa

I've been trying to create a raid using the dell srvadmin tools including raidcfg and omconfig. Controller info: [root@ksssd tmp]# /opt/dell/toolkit/bin/raidcfg controller controllerid=0 ...
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Gluster + ZFS, deadlock during benchmarking: zfs_iput_taskq 100% cpu

First some background: I work at a company that runs a PHP-webapplication. We have a storage backend mounted over NFS on several webservers. Today we have the issue if one webserver writes a file over ...
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Btrfs vs ext4 — Where's the safety break-even point?

Btrfs is still in heavy development and still considered "unstable" by Chris Mason, and many important features are still being added, but the dire warnings of data loss are calamity are long since ...
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HP Smart Array P822 w. Dual D2700 - cabling for best performance

Reading the D2600/D2700 User guide, there's a section called "Cabling examples", but none of the examples match what we intend to do. I just want to make sure that it makes sense, before we do it. ...
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BBWC: in theory a good idea but has one ever saved your data?

I'm familiar with what a BBWC (Battery-backed write cache) is intended to do - and previously used them in my servers even with good UPS. There are obvously failures it does not provide protection ...
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How can I store my ElasticSearch indexes/shards?

I'm trying to figure out how can I store the ES indexes. Actually I have two VMs running on 2 ESXi hosts, using 32GB vmdk... Wondering if i could share those data or is it necessary to have duplicate ...
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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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Oracle Database suddenly fills storage device in about 20 minutes

My Oracle instance up on Amazon's RDS filled a 20GB storage in the space of about 20 minutes. I checked all the applications that use this DB and nothing looks out of the ordinary - I can't figure out ...
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Brocade mirror ports

I'm getting a bunch of brand new condor 3 based switches and these things have a feature I'd like to use called port mirroring. Essentially, a mirror port can be configured to show all traffic being ...
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Do snapshots + RAID count as a good on-site backup solution?

The two main reasons I can think of for taking backups seems to be taken care of when I use both snapshots and RAID together with btrfs. (By RAID here, I mean RAID1 or 10) Accidental deletion of ...
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iscsiadm - how to disconnect from one of several connections to same target

I have a RHEL 5.x server with multiple connections to the same SAN (different targets). I'm consolidating some of the storage and want to disconnect one of the connections. I have unmounted the ...
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2 disk RAID5 Linux software array

(I've posted this on Serverfault as I suspect it a bit to technical for Superuser. If I'm wrong please move it where appropriate) I am remotely looking at a device which identifies as ReadyNAS ...
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IOPs usage In HP Fata Disk Group VMware 5.1

We have a Blade with EVA storage array with 3 disk groups. One disk group consists of FATA 7200 1TB 18 hard drives, RAID 5, total IOPs 1000-1300. And I get statistics of used IOPs for this disk group ...
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Mapping LUNs to drive slots on a MSA2312i?

I'm working with an older MSA2312i. I really need map the current LUN configuration to associated slots via the SSH so I can make it scriptable. Is there a ready way to do so? I would have thought a ...
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VSPEX vs vBlock [closed]

I've been reading about storage and the next two solutions (reference architecture / converged) made me a little confused whether is more advantageous to go with one of another assuming the following ...
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Optimization XFS on Linux guest in Hyper-V (VHDX)

In our company we're using Hyper-V (Windows Server 2012) hypervisor and VM to organize our in-company services in our data-center. I am supposed to set up Ubuntu 12.04 LTS guest for our main database ...
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Disk size addressable by the OS

I have a 3ware 9550SXU-12 storage controller and 750G disks connected to it. The disks are configured as single units (not JBOD). I've been running some performance tests, mainly to see the impact of ...
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Should I worry about Split I/O in a SAN?

We have a NetApp Storage system presenting LUNs to a few Hyper-V clusters. When running a system performance trace (in perfmon) on a 2008 R2 there's a warning about a "high level of Split I/O". ...
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How many IOPS do I need? My workload bottleneck is storage

How can I know how many IOPS I need my storage to deliver for my overloaded Linux server? I have a server and I know it has storage as its bottleneck. I would like the bottleneck not to be storage, ...
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Portable SAS Drive (USB/Thunderbolt Interfacing)? [closed]

I have a few spare 2.5" HP SAS SSDs sitting around and collecting dust for about 2-3 years now. They were used for about 1 day in another project that ended rather abruptly. I now have a need to ...
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Cinder storage on windows storage server

I am planning openstack deployement and considering such solution: cinder volumes on Windows Storage Server: http://www.cloudbase.it/cinder-volume-on-windows-storage-server-2012/ and compute ...
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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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General Advice about an archive solution. ~15tb and growing.

I need a better storage and archive system for my small business's files. Specifically the files are completed video projects. Beyond time and cost limitations what is holding me back is I don't ...
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zfs recovery after hardware failure

My ZFS storage hardware failed including the rpool disks. I installed a new server and tried to import use zfs import -f poolname. I am able to see the pool and the disk utilized. But I am not able to ...
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How to set up direct access storage between a BL460c Gen8 (Win Server 2012) and D2220sb storage blade

I have installed a D2220sb storage blade in a c3000 enclosure. The storage blade's partner device is a HP BL460c Gen 8 Server. How do I setup a direct access storage? I have googled and tried to ...
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Remote storage on ubuntu server

I have an Ubuntu server having limited storage, 30GB. I need extra 100GB, how can I have a remote storage or remote drive which does not occupy local space? Cloud services like dropbox take local ...
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btrfs: Looking for experience on btrfs error modes on bad sectors / read errors / medium erros

While running a Hadoop cluster that uses HDFS (so data is already replicated 3x) we experience often issues with ext4 because some bad sectors (the filesystem is unable to read or write to them) ...
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Detect Fibre Attached Tape Drive in Red Hat Linux

I am running Red Hat Linux 6.4 and I have one Fibre Attached Tape Drive which is not visible to the OS. I also have the WWPN of the tape drive. The server has two Qlogic HBA Card with two port each. ...
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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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Failed to remove a storage classification

I'm cleaning up a system and I cannot remove the storage classification. The system is Windows Server 2012 R2 with System Center 2012 R2. I have removed everything (to my knowledge) except for the ...