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Best practices on VM disk management

I'm replacing two old rack servers with a new one that has plenty of power to take over the functionality the current servers. The server is a 4U rack mount with 16 3.5" SAS drive bays, two 2.5" bays, ...
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What are the performance implications of running VMs on a ZFS host?

I'm considering migrating from ext3 to ZFS for data storage on my Debian Linux host, using ZFS on Linux. One killer feature of ZFS that I really want is its data integrity guarantees. The ability to ...
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Would storing logical volumes on a ZFS storage benefit from caching?

What I'm planning to do is having a ZFS storage connected to my network. Attaching it with either iSCSI or SRP to the hypervisor server. And storing KVM images (logical volumes) on it. Would this ...
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ZFS on KVM virtualised server. Should I run ZFS on the host or the guest?

I'm planning to run ZFS on Linux (latest Ubuntu stable ppa). The hardware is a xeon E3-1270 with 24 GB of RAM, 6 SAS ports on the motherboard, and a supermicro HBA with 8 SAS ports. I plan to have 4 ...
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Hosting a ZFS server as a virtual guest

I'm still new to ZFS. I've been using Nexenta but I'm thinking of switching to OpenIndiana or Solaris 11 Express. Right now, I'm at a point of considering virtualizing the ZFS server as a guest within ...
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KVM on Illumos (OpenIndiana vs. SmartOS)

I'm considering virtualizing a number of guests onto a single server running a recent port of KVM to Illumos. It sounds like my two primary options will be OpenIndiana and SmartOS. The distribution ...
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recommendations for efficient offsite remote backup solution of vm's

I am looking for recommendations for backing up my current 6 vm's(and soon to grow to up to 20). Currently I am running a two node proxmox cluster(which is a debian base using kvm for virtualization ...
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Virtualizing OpenSolaris with physical disks

I currently have a OpenSolaris installation with a ~1Tb RaidZ volume made up of 3 500Gb hard drives. This is on commodity hardware (ASUS NVIDIA based board on Intel Core 2). I'm wondering whether ...
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hardware recommendations for a DIY storage system based on ZFS [closed]

Looking to make use of old server lying idle as a proof-of-concept ...here are specs Dell PE 2900: Xeon 5110 - 2P, 12 GB RAM, 8x 300 GB 15K drives, Perc 5i+256 MB cache what additional h/w would be ...
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ZFS - zpool ARC cache plus L2ARC benchmarking

I have been doing lots of I/O testing on a ZFS system I will eventually use to serve virtual machines. I thought I would try adding SSD's for use as cache to see how much faster I can get the read ...
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ZFS virtualized on an LVM volume

We've got some large SATA disks kicking around, and I've been toying with the idea of throwing them in a KVM host and installing a FreeNAS VM to manage them. I'd be adding these via LVM to the host, ...