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ML350 G5 - upgrade hot swap drives to 6 Gb/s?

I support a non profit. They got an ML350 G5 donated to them and I immediately put it to good use for them :) It came with four HP 300GB 15K SAS drives - and of course, they have all now failed. I ...
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What is good book for administration & configuration of Storage logical arrays? [closed]

I am looking for a book which can explain pros and cons of different combination of configurations/policies of storage Arrays and may also suggest some best practices for certain scenarios for e.g. ...
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Pool storage on multiple ubuntu Servers?

Say I've got.. 5 servers, each server has a partition with 50GB's of storage. Is it possible for me to combine these 5 partitions and then mount them as one on a 6th server?
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What is optimal sql server cluster storage solution?

I have been assigned a project where sql server is running on a single server with single raid 1 volume. This setup has worked fine until hardware failure resulted in about a day worth of downtime ...
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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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When reading SSD drive specs, what's the difference between MB/s and IOPS?

I'm trying to find a suitable SSD drive for my database server (postgres on debian 7 amd-64), and I find that for some SSD drives, while read speed is specified in MB/s, write speed is in IOPS. To ...
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What is the fastest and safest RAID combination for SATA drives?

I wonder what is the fastest and safest RAID combination for SATA drives and general use (some write, mostly read)? RAID 0 is fast but utterly unsafe, RAID 1 is safe but slow, RAID 5 is safe but not ...
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esxi passthrough storage adapter

I run ESXi 5.1.0 (HP version) on HP ProLiant ML310e G8 v2. There are 2 Storage Adapters: Smart Array P222 Dynamic Smart Array B120i Storage Adapters are visible in ESXi/Storage Adapters. Storage ...
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How to migrate a ZFS filesystem to use compression?

Question at the bottom. I have several ZFS file system I would like to use ZFS compression, but since enabling the compression will only affect new data written to the file system, I would like to ...
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Best practices in connecting EMC VNX iSCSI storage [closed]

We have an EMC VNX5200 with 2 service processors, each having 4 iSCSI ports, 1 data mover (with 4 ports) and a control station, all of which is plugged into two stacked switches. What are the ...
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10K SATA vs 10K SAS - SBS Server Upgrade [closed]

We are upgrading the storage on a SBS2011 server. It currently has a single 7,200RPM SATA drive (don't know the model). Small office with less than 10 users. Budget is low so the original plan was to ...
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Hyper V 2012 and SQL Cluster Live migration

I've been doing allot of searching and even asked around here at the office without a good answer. I would like to know, within Server 2012 R2 Hyper V, can you or can not do a storage migration of a ...
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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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KVM and Libvirt - How do I hotplug a new virtio disk?

I am trying to hot-add a file-based disk to a running KVM virtual server. I've created a new disk from scratch using the command dd of=/home/cloud/vps_59/test.img bs=1 seek=5G count=0 and I was ...
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Abstract physical drives to create a resizable raid array: is it possible?

I want to set up two hard drives with a portion of them set in raid1. I want that portion to be scalable too, as logical LVM volumes are. Is it possible to abstract physical volumes or to create an ...
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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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Access a share on a server using another servername

We've recently moved to a new office, and merged our network with a bigger one (Trust between our domains), and now we are using the storage box of the bigger network. This poses a problem for me: My ...
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Why did robocopy cause my Windows 2012 server to hang last night?

I'm in the process of decommissioning an old 2003 server, which acts as a file server, and am just attempting a dry-run of migrating the file repository over to a new Windows Storage Server 2012 box. ...
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SCSI disks capped at 40 MB/s

I have a batch of SCSI disks and a controller; the drives are HP 72,8GB 10k RPM Ultra320 SCSI (model number BD07296B44), the controller is an Adaptec AIC-7892A U160/m, the issue is that I can't get ...
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ZFS vs XFS

We're considering building a ~16TB storage server. At the moment, we're considering both ZFS and XFS as filesystem. What are the advantages, disadvantages? What do we have to look for? Is there a ...
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Parallel disk seek with JBOD

I'm looking to build a 80 TB file based storage system. Ideally, I'd like to do this with a large JBOD and one server with a lot of cores. My question is: Will JBOD containers (like Intel's) allow ...
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Unable to ping between ESXi host and Netapp storage on the same switch

I am unable to ping between ESXi host and Netapp controller that are both connected on the same switch and configured for private IP addresses. Yet I CAN ping between 2 Esxi hosts and between 2 ...
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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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Long running VMWare snapshots are bad… but what about VMDKs on a ZFS\LVM snapshot?

The VMWare KB and multiple blogs state that long running snapshots are bad for both performance reasons and integrity. They have valid points. Granted this is not with ESXi but rather ...
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Is running permanently in a VMWare snapshot bad for performance?

I understand that the VMWare KB frowns upon long running snapshots mainly due to two things (In my opinion) Taking tons of snapshots can fill up the data store. Snapshots are simply delta files. ...
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How effective is LSI CacheCade SSD storage tiering?

LSI offers their CacheCade storage tiering technology, which allows SSD devices to be used as read and write caches to augment traditional RAID arrays. Other vendors have adopted similar ...
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unable to login to CISCO management IP

I 'm inable to login to my fabric CISCO switch ( MDS 9506) through management IP It's giving an error- when logging it from Device manager "10.20.XX.XX" timed out Busy Network, No Route, or snmpd ...
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HP StoreEasy 1630 Pool Expansion

We have a single HP StoreEasy 1630 with the following disk configuration: Pools RAID Drives Capacity Virtual_Disks Physical_Disks Size_Per_Disk A 1 2 450GB 1 ...
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IBM Fiber Storage

I am asking this question on behalf of the company i work for, What the problem is that we have just setup a fiber storage system with an IBM Server and IBM Fiber Storage system, we brought the both ...
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Adding a local HDD to an ESXi host

I am trying to add a 4TB HDD to my ESXi server, but I can't find out how. I've tried following a few tutorials on the internet, which say to go to the configuration tab, storage, rescan the datastores ...
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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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EMC storage - set login/password VIA naviseccli command

I have two NETRA machines that connected to EMC storage ( EMC flare 28 ) I installed Solaris 10 on both NETRA machines my question - is it possible to set the login and password for EMC storage by: ...
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Using a JBOD for redundant NFS

I have a Xyratex sp-2224 JBOD enclosure (dual controller) and a pair of Dell servers with SAS HBAs installed that I'm looking to utilize in a redundant NFS cluster. The hardware isn't what I'm ...
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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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Does a 3ware “ECC-ERROR” matter on a JBOD when I have ZFS?

I have a FreeBSD 8.x machine running ZFS and with a 3ware 9690SA controller. The 3ware controller shows an ECC-ERROR with one of the disks: //host> /c0 show VPort Status Unit Size ...
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Maximum Size Limit for CIFS Share Accessed by Windows Server 2003 (32 bit) Client?

We have a CIFS share being served out by a NETAPP appliance. The CIFS share has grown to over 2 TB in size. A Windows Server 2003 32 bit-client accesses the share. Lets say, for example, the ...
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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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Server 2012R2 DFS High Availability - with local storage?

Can I use clustering for high availability on two identical 2012R2 boxes that use LOCAL storage (not attached or SAN)? Local storage is super cheap and scalable, which is why the SAN has been ...
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SAS Expander backplane performance drops when more than 8 drives are active?

We are using an LSI 9211-8i raid controller (flashed in IT mode) in a PCI-e 2.0 x8 slot. It's connected to a supermicro SAS 836EL1 backplane with 1 SFF-8087 cable. We have 16 drives installed. When ...
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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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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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MacBooks are destroying SSDs

I'm opening this topic to find the cause of our SSD failure rate of +50%. We work with Mac (13" Macbook Pro & 13" Macbook Air), with installations of both Mac OSX Mountain Lion and Ubuntu. 90% of ...
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Would 6 SSD's in RAID 0 last longer than a single large SSD? [closed]

To my understanding, the main factor for SSD's to fail is constant reading/writing to the drive. I recently helped a friend setup RAID with 6 SSD's. Would this theoretically extend the lifespan of ...
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How to benchmark a whole storage infrastructure

I'm a 100% sure that I'm not the first one to consider benchmarking a whole infrastructure, but yet I haven't found any relevant information on how to face this challenge. As I guess we all know what ...
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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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Identify disks on an LSI SAS1068E controller

I'm trying to identify clearly which disk needs replacing in a RAID1 array. The controller shows it's PhysDisk 0 id=1. When opening up the machine how do I know for sure which disk this is? (Ideally ...
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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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Oracle: how to find out storage space used by a table?

How to find out (if possible via Enterprise Manager), the total in Mb that a certain table is using?
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Hardware mods: kludging a conversion from U320 SCSI to SAS/SATA

I apologise if this isn't an appropriate question for this forum. I've an elderly server that works well and that I'd therefore prefer not to scrap entirely. But I would like to replace the current ...