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Storage tiering and SLA models

I've started looking at switching storage charging models. Historically - it's been purely per-gig, in a big shared pool. But I'm looking at extending the model, and looking at tiering storage ...
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Monitoring a cluster storage on Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 HyperV via SNMP

As a part of my task of monitoring our whole server environment it is planned to check the cluster storage (cluster shared volume, csv) of our HyperV cluster with Check_MK/Nagios3. Exactly needed is ...
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Are storage pools basically another term for JBOD?

I am reading up on Storage for Windows Server 2012 R2 and I am trying to understand the purpose of Storage Pools. The way they make it sound is that you can create one big expandable ever growing ...
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Convert RAID from Mechanical Disks to SSD?

Any issues with converting a Mechanical Disk RAID to SSD by replacing the drives one-by-one? I couldn't find anyone online who has done this, so let's make this the place to post about it. If you ...
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How to change volume mount

I have two volumes in my EC2 ubuntu instance: NAME MAJ:MIN RM SIZE RO TYPE MOUNTPOINT xvdb 202:16 0 40G 0 disk /mnt xvda1 202:1 0 400G 0 disk / I want the 400GB one to be the main ...
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VMware ESXi <> Synology NFS Share (Physical Switch Redundancy)

This is my storage network: ESXi Host(Dual 10gb NICs) >> 2xNetgear xs712T >> Synology RS10613xs+ (Dual 10gb NICs) ESXi vmnic1 >> NG Switch 1 >> Syn NIC 1 ESXi vmnic2 >> NG Switch 2 >> Syn NIC 2 ...
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Best span size for 12 x 2TB drives in RAID10

We have just taken delivery of a new JBOD chassis, with 14 x 2TB NL-SAS drives - 2 have already been earmarked for enclosure spares, so we have 12 drives available. I have several options for setting ...
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Best scenario for global data replication and distribution between multiple servers [closed]

I need to store and serve about 30TB of data (for now) and the number will increase pretty fast. I also have to keep costs low, so I will have servers with no RAID at all. Instead data should be ...
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Performance for ZVOLs presented over iSCSI?

I have the following setup for testing: HP Microserver N36L (Dual-core low-power Athlon64) 8GB ECC RAM 2-port Intel Gigabit NIC 4x3TB WD Green (5400 RPM?) 1 sata disk for OS image (FreeBSD 10.1) ...
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XenServer 6.2: reattach SR but all disks have no description

I have recently reinstalled XenServer on my server. All the VHD files were stored on my NAS via NFS, so I re-added the NFS SR after reinstallation. However, all my VMs seem to be missing, and the ...
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One SAN connecting to Hyper-V and VMware [closed]

my customer currently has two hypervisor types in place - using VMware for Linux systems and Hyper-V for Windows. They currently have different storage infra for each of these platforms which cost ...
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IBM DS3400 - how replace a good disk

I've to replace all my disks with other bigger ones. I read in the manual: Never hot-swap a drive when its associated green activity LED is flashing. Hot-swap a drive only when its associated amber ...
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Undo adding disks to a RAID-Z Configuration

I've started running out of space on one of my data pool and decided to expand it by adding some extra disks. Below is what it looked like before extending: NAME STATE ...
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Extendable RAID storage system

I am currently building a storage unit for our office. It is rather low budget at the moment, but it needs to be extendable. basically we have a huge database that will grow over the next few months ...
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OpenStack Cinder: iSCSI login negotiation failure after reboot

I have a Cinder storage and controller node running on the same CentOS 7 box as Nova compute. Everything worked fine, until I rebooted. Now my instances can't mount volumes and I get the errors below. ...
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Exchange 2010 Whitespace after Archive move

We have multiple Archive Mailbox databases. I have had to create a new one with 500GB of Data space for the archives and 150GB for the logging files. The problem I am having is that even after ...
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Move space from one volume to other

I have one setup where / has 50G space. I want to increase space for /. [root@testsyst ~]# df -h Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on /dev/mapper/vg_testsyst-lv_root ...
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What are the differences between consumer grade SSDs and the much more expensive enterprise SSDs?

I am in need of a terabyte or so of storage space for Lucene indices on a testing server. I'm having a hard time differentiating between disks like the Samsung 840 evo for about $450 vs SSDs with ...
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NetApp filer - lots of 'low water mark' CPs triggering on idle filer

I've 4 NetApp 2240-4 filer heads. They're single chassis 'cluster in a box' so two separate units. Over the last few days, at about the same time - all of them started logging a LOT of Low water ...
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HP ProLiant ML350 G6 RAID 1 disk compatibility

We are running an HP ProLiant ML350 with a RAID 1 set up on two identical 300GB 6G SAS 10K rpm SFF (2.5-inch) Dual Port Enterprise HDDs and a third acting as a "hot spare" - HP part # HPQ-507127-S21. ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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FC-Multipath: Which path_selector performs best?

So I learned that since Red Hat 6 it is possible to choose between 3 algorithms for loadbalancing between different paths to my FC-SAN, the default dumb round-robin - and new - queue-length and ...
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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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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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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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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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Invisible (!) data on NAS machine

I am running a Thecus N7510 NAS machine, with 4 HDD in a RAID 10 configuration and one more as a "hot stand by". This machine is used for a variety of purposes, excluding backup up until now. Lately ...
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VMware VMFS5 Local Storage LUN Sizing

We have a VM ESXi 5.x host using local storage (DAS). It has 2 relatively large Logical Drives in RAID10 (10 HDD x1TB each). So, 2 LUNs of 5TB each. We are considering creating just two ...
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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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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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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 ...
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NetApp RAID DP - and disk space of parity drives

I've been reading: http://community.netapp.com/t5/Tech-OnTap-Articles/Back-to-Basics-RAID-DP/ta-p/86123 That basically describes RAID-DP as diagonal parity raid. But there's one thing that's ...
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Joining a NetApp to a domain on a Read Only Domain Controller

I have an isolated network, into which I've built a vfiler. The point of this network is that it's a non routed 'test' network. However, there's a need for LDAP/Kerberos and CIFS access to the ...
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HP ProLiant dl360 G4 with external backup

We are running a HP Proliant DL360 G4 with external HP Storageworks Ultrium 960 tape drive attached at the moment. Unfortunately the tape drive failed over the weekend and we are looking to upgrade ...
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How to find out if lvm mirror write is asynchronous or synchronous?

I am using redhat 5.8 with an lvm mirror, created with the following command: lvcreate -m1 --mirrorlog mirrored -n mirrorvol -L 10G myvg /dev/vdb /dev/vdc I would like to know, when I write, do I ...
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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 ...