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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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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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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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DFSR Backlog Stuck on Non-Existent Folders

I have two 2008r2 servers setup in a full-mesh multipurpose replication group. (01 and 02). 01 was the source server. The initial sync just finished last night and there are 2 folders that do not ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Use 'normal' disks in a Dell Powervault? [closed]

I want to build a two node rack, with one node being high compute intensity and one node used to store the results. I am not concerned with data integrity. When I look at the cost for 'nearline' ...
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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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NetApp filer - resetting NTFS permissions with fsecurity?

I have a NetApp filer, with a CIFS export. The permissions have been locked down on it, to a point where it's no longer accessible. I need to reset the permissions on this - I've figured out I can ...
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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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9211-8i HBA (IT mode) with Supermicro expander

I have managed to get things to a point that I see all my drives listed with "multipath -l". Now the question is how to add them to a ZFS zpool? All attempts at using dm* naming or /dev/mapper names ...
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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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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 ...