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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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Hyper-V 2012 and P2000 SAS SAN

Hi I am having major problems setting up a Hyper-V 2012 cluster on a P2000 SAS SAN. Running System Center VMM 2012 SP1 I am unable to see any storage to create my cluster. Has anyone had experienced ...
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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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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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volume undelete on a HP MSA

Is it possible to undelete a volume in a HP MSA 2000?
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Managing storage for Virtual Machines in Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization (RHEV)

I am using RHEV and I have created two virtual machines. These have too little disk space, how can I edit the disk space of these machines? I cannot find the option anywhere.
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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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Can a 7200RPM drive transfer speed at a full 6 Gbit/s?

Many vendors sell 4GB SATA and Nearline SAS drives which spin at 7200RPM. The vendors will advertise a 6 Gbit/s interface with no mention of actual data transfer speed. I've had conversations with ...
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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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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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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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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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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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When to use an EC2 server?

This question is a little more general than the title implies. I haven't been exposed to almost any server related code, so I hope you can be gentle with your replies. What I want to know, really, ...
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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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UCS FC Adapter Aborts

So here's the scenario, and I'm hoping @Chopper3 can chime in here. For our SAN fabric, we have a pair of Cisco MDS 9513 FC switches with three EMC frames and four Cisco UCS domains directly attached. ...
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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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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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Best way to test new HDD's for a cheap storage server

I want to build a storage server and bought 10 x 2TB WD RED's. The HDD's just arrived. Is there any tool you guys use to check for bad drives or to best defend against infant mortality before copying ...
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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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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 to QoS NFS?

I have the following NFS-based storage setup: Computes nodes are Linux. The NFS servers are Solaris. A not-so-important user runs a bunch of read intensive jobs on a subset of the compute nodes. As ...
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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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IQN Naming convention

I've seen a lot of information about how IQN's should be formatted, but there's not a lot of information on how to build them. I'm kind of a newb when it comes to iSCSI, and i have it working, but I'm ...
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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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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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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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Does an unplugged hard drive used for data archival deteriorate?

If I were to archive data on a hard drive, unplug it, and set it on a (not dusty, temperature-controlled) shelf somewhere, would that drive deteriorate much? How does the data retention of an ...
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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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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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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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SATA drives in HP ProLiant server?

Does anyone know if I can install normal 2.5" SATA drives inside an HP DL360 G5 server? Right now it has 6 72GB SAS drives. I am looking for raw storage for my files SAS performance in not required.
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Install ESXi for 2 servers on Dell Array

I have 2 Dell servers: PowerEdge R710, Dell PowerConnect Switch 6224 and an array: Dell EqualLogic PS4100. I need to install ESXi on my 2 servers. (Im just learning about VMWare, SANs, I have only ...
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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 ...
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Maximum number of simultaneous clients downloading from 7200rpm hdd [duplicate]

What is the maximum number of simultaneous clients downloading 1GB file from webserver? If I have 1x 2TB 7200rpm sata hdd - no raid and 10x 2TB 7200rpm sata hdd in raid 5/6? Would there be difference? ...
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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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How to replace NVRAM battery in BlueArc storage?

The RAID/NVRAM battery on a BlueArc Mercury storage host is located in the front of the storage head, and can be replaced without down time. From what I can gather, after battery change, I have to ...
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LSI Megaraid 150-6 as regular SATA controller

I have an old but reliable server board that does not have any SATA ports on it. Also i have LSI Megararaid 150-6 (with latest firmware) which i want to use as ordinary "dumb" SATA controller. I ...
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2012R2 Storage Spaces Memory and CPU requirements

I am looking at possibly using Storage Spaces in Server 2012R2 to build a NAS off of. I am looking to build a fairly large unit, 12-14 HDDs, in a "RAID10" like setup (I know storage spaces does not do ...
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Veritas and VNX LUN Expansion

I have an EMC VNX Storage array and a front end Linux server running Veritas. A 4TB lun has been assigned from a diskpool on the VNX and presented to the server where Veritas has split it out into ...
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How exactly does a SAS SFF-8087 breakout cable work? + RAID/connection questions

Please let me know if my question does not makes any sense as I am not sure if I am interpreting it correctly from my thoughts due to my lack of technical knowledge on this. If I am using a ...
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Why can't I extend my dynamic volume over a second drive?

We have a server that is running on hardware RAID1. We've needed to add additional disks, but unfortunately the raid controller doesn't support RAID10. So we've added another RAID1 array, and want to ...
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What is the “real” difference between a NAS and NFS? Or, why pick a NAS device over “mere” NFS? [duplicate]

From an end-user perspective, what is the difference between a NAS device and using NFS exports from a file server? They seem to accomplish the same end result. The difference between a SAN and ...
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How HP D2700 disk enclosure is monitored for alarms via SNMP

We have HP D2700 disk enclosure and we would like to monitor D2700 (connected to HP Proliant DL360G8) for alarms.I have following questions regarding this. What are the options available for ...
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Adding 4TB local SR to XenServer 5.6 SP2

I'm trying to add a secondary local SR to XenServer but not having any success. The server has two RAID 10 arrays; the primary array was selected for VM storage in XenServer setup - it totals 272GB. ...