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IBM V7000 firmware upgrade effect on mounted LUN

We've IBM storwize V7000 Storage where the firmware is going to be upgraded to latest version.. This will require a reboot to the storage. I've got arround 10 LUN's (almost 10TB) coming from this ...
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Resizing of volumes used as VMWare NFS datastores causes Linux VM issues

We had to perform a live volume resize of an NFS datastores VMWare uses on our Netapp. All of our Windows VMs were fine after the resize. However, some of our Linux VMs had issues. Some Linux VMs ...
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How to switch off storage IBM DS 3512?

It is a very simple question... How to switch off the storage (ex for maintance)? I really don't know if there is a standard procedure to switch off a SAS storage. I did not find any switch to push ...
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Windows Server 2012 R2 Rescaning Disks Locks System

I'm having an issue when re-scanning disks inside of the Windows Server Manager tool. When I go to: File and Storage Services > Disks > Tasks > Rescan Stroage the entire system locks up ...
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How to active HDD leds on HP MDS 600 / HP D6000?

I have a HP D6000 (sometimes called MDS 600) storage array, HP DL380p G8 with an LSI 9207-8e SAS adapter. When I am in the OmniOS (Solaris 10 fork), I can e.g. dd to one of the disks, but I don't see ...
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Storing a million images in the filesystem

I have a project that will generate a huge number of images. Around 1,000,000 for start. They are not large images so I will store them all on one machine at start. How do you recommended on ...
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How should I calculate IOPS for RAID50 & RAID60?

I'm investigating some 4TB database systems and I'm comparing differences between RAID-10 & RAID-50. I know how to calculate the IOPS for common RAID levels like RAID-1, RAID-5 & RAID-10. ...
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Should new Linux VMs under ESXi 5.5 mount their filesystems with discard option?

When creating new Linux virtual machines using recent (>= 2014) distributions in VMware ESXi 5.5, should they mount their filesystems with the discard option ? I make the assumption that the VM's ...
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How can I un-mark a partition as active?

Overview: I use a backup storage enclosure with 6 backup drives incrementally backup up and taken off-site. One day I noticed that the backup process was failing. I logged onto the server that is ...
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What is the maximum theoretical throughput of a NAS device to 100 workstations with 1Gb/sec connections? [closed]

This is a difficult question to ask, since it depends on a number of assumptions. But let's assume we have 100 workstations that need to connect to a network attached storage device. What is the ...
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How do I change the hostname in a fhgfs management node?

FHGFS is a high performance parallel file system typically used in clusters. How would you go about changing the hostname of the management server without breaking connection between the storage and ...
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datatstax opscenter v 4.1.2 short-os collection failed

I've installed Datastax opscenter v4.1.2. It was bundled with Datastax Cassandra Community edition version 2.0.8. I'm running these on Windows Server 2008 R2 64-bit. When I open opscenter all ...
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Dell PowerEdge R710 direct-attached to HP MSA 2040 SAN [closed]

I have no idea about Direct attached storage; I do not know that it is possible to do. I plan to use HP MSA 2040 storage to direct attached with my dell Power Edge R710 via Fiber Channel. What do i ...
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What is ephemeral storage good for?

I have been reading about the ephemeral storage with amazon ec2 and am trying to figure out what is the best way to use the 100s of GBs they supply you. If it isn't persistent, what can it be good ...
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Parted does not display partition created in IBM Storwize 3700

My server is running CentOS 6.5. I created a LUN on Storwize 3700 and had named it /dev/mapper/lun1 (I used multipath). And then I created a partition on it and formated it as ext4. When I type ...
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HP Command View: Could not find authenticator for Security Domain

I have some HP EVA storage arrays. They are monitored via Command View - the HP management product. Of 8 management servers, a grand total of one will not let me log in using 'domain' credentials - ...
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How to set two RAID1 on the HP SA-E200i controller?

I have an HP ML350 G5 with a RAID 1 between two SAS disks. I want to add 2 extra disks and configure a new RAID 1 separated from the other one. Reading this topic Multiple RAID arrays on E200i it ...
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Error in XenServer iSCSI SR Creation (SR is not available)

I have a XenServer 6.2 with a Debian 7.5 VM which i use as iSCSI target. I have my target reachable by portal but i would make a Storage Repository available in my XenServer pool. Unfortunately, ...
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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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After resizing a share's quota, why would we need to “resize” the volume?

We have one volume in our NetApp filer with multiple Qtrees that are shared as CIFS. To resize a share we normally: Modify the quota on the share Use "resize" command on the volume Perhaps I'm ...
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devstack - how to add directly attached storage to a single node installation

I have devstack up and running on an Ubuntu 14.04 x86_64 VM in a single node environment. The VM has / mounted on an 8GB primary disk and an 80GB secondary disk mounted on /mnt. Output of mount ...
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JBOD with PERC H810

I'm wondering if anybody has ever used Dell storage products like the MD3220 array in a JBOD configuration. From what I can tell only perc h810 will work for external JBOD but that is not terribly ...
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Why would Linux VM in vSphere ESXi 5.5 show dramatically increased disk i/o latency?

I'm stumped and I hope someone else will recognize the symptoms of this problem. Hardware: new Dell T110 II, dual-core Pentium G850 2.9 GHz, onboard SATA controller, one new 500 GB 7200 RPM cabled ...
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Store VMs on the same Stick as ESXi

I've a HP N54L Microserver with an ESXi, which runs from the 16GB USB Stick. In vSphere client I can't see any volumes, where I can store my VMs. And I think that ESXi never needs 16 GB to work. Is ...
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Best option for storage clustering

I'm working on an application that requires a large amount of storage space and I want to handle storage 'in-house' (Much cheaper than, say, S3) so we will have multiple servers (Initially 4) with ...
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S3-compatible Object Storage systems [closed]

Has anyone come across a near 100% Amazon S3 RESTful API compatible object storage system? What I am after is a layer that sit on top of any (preferably a POSIX) filesystem that provides Amazon S3 ...
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Selecting an EBS Volume as Root for EC2 instance

When launching an EC2 instance you have the option to select storage for your system but it seems to automatically choose a root volume for you. Is there a way to choose a root volume from among your ...
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Does a HP MDS600 fit in a HP 10636 G2 rack?

In the Quick Installation Giide to the MDS600/D6000 storage server it says IMPORTANT: Some racks other than the HP Rack 10000 Series rack do not allow full access to hard drive bays 29-35 in ...
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Migrating RAID6 array from HP SmartArray P600 to LSI MegaRAID SAS 8888ELP

My customer has an external RAID6 array (8x 1TB in HP MSA60 enclosure) attached to HP SmartArray P600 controller. They have now decided to replace the server and the new one comes with LSI MegaRAID ...
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Network Block Device (NBD) clients for Windows or similar solutions [closed]

Are there any NBD clients for Windows? Strangely, I cannot find any, or I am searching for them in a wrong way. Such client should be possibly a driver with front-end tool (may be a command-line ...
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Shared storage solution for Debian Wheezy [closed]

I need to setup a new infrastructure which provides high available shared storage between debian servers. Our current solution is a "clustered DRBD NFS solution". We have setup 2 virtual file ...
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Areca 1880ix RAID hangs

Areca RAID controller ARC-1880ix-12 (firmware 1.50) hangs when on high load. My setup is: Chenbro 3U chassis Intel S5500BC mainboard Xeon 5603 CPU 16GB of RAM 12 Seagate SAS drives ST32000645SS (2 of ...
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VMDK File Growing After copying it using CP?

Using FreeBSD and a mounted NetApp NFS Share. I'm trying to copy a file FROM: localdisk/something.vmdk (size 527776 kilobytes) TO: nfsmount/copy-something.vmdk (size 533168 kilobytes) But it seems ...
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Which will have more faster for backups between usb drive on vm or NAS drive

I have IBM server with SAS drives and ESXi Server with many VM (not production). Now for backups of VM i have two options But NAS drive and use that on network Get USB drive , attach to FreeNAS VM ...
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The `iostat` Command Describes a Non-Existent Block Device

The System An instance running on Amazon EC2 It is an m1.large EC2 instance The instance is running Ubuntu Server 12.04 LTS Here's What Happens... I wanted to measure disk IOPS on my system, and ...
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DFSr detected that a file was changed on multiple servers, but “winning” file and that moved to conflicts folder have same hash

We've just deployed a new DFS replication system between two Windows 2012 R2 servers. We cloned the DFSr database using MS's recommendations ...
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SAS enclosure doesn't restart - MSA60

I just inherited a HP StorageWorks MSA60 (this is a direct-attach SAS enclosure). I had to move it to another shelf so I turned off the computer which was using it. I also pulled the 2 power cords off ...
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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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ESXi 5.0 - Software RAID 1

Environment: Storage: HP P2000 MSA G3 SAS Array with 24 300GB 10k SAS Disks Two Storage Controllers with redundant SAS connections to each host Hosts: Three HP DL380 G7s with a 10GB SD Card, ...
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MSA2312i shows duplicate enclosures?

I just installed a redundant controller in my MSA70. This is in use with our old MSA2312i SAN. Now I'm seeing two entries for 'Enclosure 3' (the associated MSA70 disk shelf) in the UI. It appears ...
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ReadyNAS 3200 Taking a Long Time to boot

I have a ReadyNAS 3200 that locked up on me. I could web into it, I could see the files on it via CIFS, but it would not allow me to access existing, or edit/create new files. I would get an error ...
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Video hosting: Host files on web server, storage server, NAS? [duplicate]

I inherited responsibility for the back-end of a growing distance education program. They have a Proliant DL160 Gen8 web server which serves video from a ReadyNAS Pro 6. We currently share the ...
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Hyper V with a DELL MD3000 Poor I/O

Current build is 2 Dell R900 24core each 128GB ram - 8x 144GB 15k 2.5 SAS on a Perc 6i local - 15x 300GB 15K 3.5 SAS in a Raid5 DG 6 VG in the MD3000 using 2x Perc 5e HBA - OS Windows 2012 R2 ...
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Getting ssd, should i keep the ssd cache drive

We are going to install sdd's as main hdd in all of our pc's. However, some of them already have an ssd drive that is beeing used as a cache drive. Should be keep this chace ssd? It was my though ...
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How can I measure complex I/O activity to develop realistic benchmarking? [closed]

I need to retrieve a few metric from my service server to benchmark another stroage solution. There are various options are provied by benchmark program(I choosed ...
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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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How can I safely use storage thin provisioning?

I have storage that allows me to thin provision my volumes presented to the clients. Is this safe? What are the best practices?
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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 ...