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    alternative to disk2vhd?

    One more vote for StarWind V2V. I have done multiple successful P2V conversions. Following article was helpful https://www.starwindsoftware.com/blog/starwind-v2v-converter-now-with-physical-to-virtual-p2v-conversion-option
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    Is a 128 GB SSD still large enough for Windows 10 in 2019?

    128GB SSDs is still enough for Windows to work. I have never utilized that amount of space. As for RAID, you should be able to configure it during boot entering configuration menu.
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    Is there an issue with my SSD?

    Totally agree that you should check the smart of the drive first. Smart should show you if the drive has any issues. In addition, you can try to boot from Live USB and check the SSD.
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    upgrading hard drives and partition questions

    Hi, If I understand you right, you want to use your old 1TB drive to backup data from new 2TB. Yes, it would be possible, to partition it that way (if it is needed). You can avoid it using some kind of a backup solution. However, the amount of space on an old drive would be an issue here.
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    Starwind VSA HA

    Why did you ended up choosing StarWind? I am building a homelab and deciding what software-defined storage choose for 2-3 hosts.
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    ZFS: RAID-Z3 (raidz3) Recommended Drive Configuration

    I would agree. I usually prefer RAID10 with proper backups over Z3. Performance wise it is much more important for me.
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    Samsung SM961 256gb Nvme M.2 drive

    Interesting number. I should get one myself for testing purposes.
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    Asus RMA- what on earth

    I've had multiple cases open with Asus RMA about 4 years ago and never had such weird answers. Meh, support went wrong direction. I would agree that contacting their social channels should help you getting a RMA request fulfilled.
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    Logitech Slim Folio - Delay/lag in typing.

    You can try using third party keyboards for iOS, I've heard that they could work better. If it doesn't help, contact Apple support
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    Scythe Kotetsu Mark 2 vs. Arctic Freezer 33 Plus for 2600 OC

    Totally agree with LigTasm. The Scythe is much better than the Arctic because of the heatsink. The two fans will not cover the difference between the heatsink.
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    local vs iscsi

    I have a Hyper-V cluster in my lab. For a shared storage I am utilizing StarWind VSAN over iSCSI. Local storage is RAID10 HDDs. Each server has dual port 10GbE card for cluster and iSCSI traffic great performing and stable setup. Depending on your NAS (and its iSCSI stack) you can play with it...
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    Intel 900p Optane ...WOW

    I've been benchmarking couple 900p Optanes recently. The performance is incredible. ~500k 4k random writes with 32 depth. It is really great and I will use one of those in my system :)
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    SSD in a NAS ?

    It depends on what to store and what you are working with. I am using HDD drives in my NAS, since it for backups and media. As for my VM server, I am using SSDs for better performance.
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    SSD upgrade time

    Getting a 1 TB (or more SSD) would be the best choice. Moreover, it would be more cost effective comparing to getting 2x500GB drives.
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    Broadcom/Avago/LSI MegaRAID, possible to remove physical disk then rebuild?

    You can replace disk 1, for example, wait for the rebuild and then proceed with the next one. Repeating this, you will recieve RAID6 array with 8TB drives, but with old usable capacity (cause the controller will be using only half of the capacity of your drives). I would recommend you create...
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    Cheapest way to get a really fast cross-platform external SSD?

    I think this option would be the best. Thunderbolt 3 should give you up to 40 Ggps speed (I have never tested it myself, but I have seend some results. The following article could help to choose: https://www.computershopper.com/feature/2017-guide-the-best-external-ssds
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    Anyone use oVirt ??

    Yes, of course you can use minimal setup. In addition, you can check the following template I have found on the github: https://github.com/rharmonson/richtech/wiki/CentOS-7-1511-Minimal-oVirt-Template Might be useful for you. Check the oVirt requirements...
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    microSD card as cache in a server system

    MicroSD or USB stick for the ESXi is a good idea. Speaking about Windows Servers, I would recommend you installing it on SataDOM or on RAID array. As for cache, as mentioned, it is better to use server side caching (e.g. cachecade on the RAID controller using SSDs or Software-Defined cache again...
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    samsung 960 evo performance drops ?

    It should, but the problem is that the drives are not designed for that workload. Treat it like an SSD cache with a USB stick behind it.
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    Poor Storage IOPS

    1. Get rid of that teaming. 2. Get rid of the complex setup you made and decompose it to smaller parts you can diagnose: remove LSFS, use image files; remove WT cache, see how it works without it. If you still see bad performance, go to starwinds forum and get support from their engineers. They...
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    Poor Storage IOPS

    Get rid of the teaming and do MPIO with links on 2 subnets. You can easily trace how the performance goes up when you try 1 link without teaming and then 2 links without teaming. Also, what's the cache configuration? Is it write-through or write-back?
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    Help with an small network RFP (request for proposal)

    If you're in procurement you should be seeing a commodity server and a backup unit box (Probably a Synology/QNAP/Buffalo NAS) Maybe OS/Hypervisor licenses & a backup product license. If your company IT environment requires high availability you'll probably see an offer for a Hyperconverged...
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    Hyper-V Clustering

    What SANs do you have? Are they the same make/model & do they have the same drive layout? Typically if you're going for SAN-SAN failover you're paying premium to the SAN vendor. There are 3 ways to configure the replication. 1 - configure the replication feature provided by your SAN vendor. in...
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    Anyone using Storage Spaces Direct (S2D)?

    Olga-SAN 4 nodes? I guess you're playing with an earlier WS 2016 TP. In the latest version it does support 3-node S2D scenario. So it's already 25% less. However, no optimization from Microsoft comes for free, so in a 3-node S2D cluster you can only lose 1 drive before the system goes...
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    Enterprise Grade Storage Recommendations

    I typically hear about Hitachi/IBM at the scale you mentioned. I've got a customer with a mixed environment @ 130 TB, while scale is smaller the approach may interesting. They're using StarWind's HCA for their 4-node View VDI. But, the remaining infrastructure is not HCA, it is 2 dedicated...
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    Switching from iSCSI to FC... need advice

    Those aren't hypervisor specific. If you mean switchless it's supported by StarWind but not by VSAN.
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    Switching from iSCSI to FC... need advice

    Using StarWind with X520 & X540 cards, 3 years at cruising altitude & periodic cleaning with a duster. The ability to omit the 10G switch rocks! If you decide you need one - check Netgear as ultra affordable stuff, or Mellanox SX1012 if you need top performance. PS: Used Mellanox appears on...
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    Anyone demo'd Simplivity yet?

    That would be a neat solution given their FPGA-powered dedupe. Can you share some details about the deployment? How many seats? How many on one appliance?
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    building file server for ESXI lab

    +1 to TType85 here, Get StarWind Free and use their iSCSI implementation. That would be way faster than storage spaces. Don't forget to add some RAM caching when you create the device. More RAM-> Better IOPS ;) BTW: They have 2 free versions now. One is for mere mortals and it can only do...
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    publishing Nutanix performance info violated the EULA

    You're OK to benchmark and compare. It's not OK to share these results without prior admission from Nutanix. I partially agree with them (Partially not because they leverage this part of the EULA to hide not-so-good results) I've seen lots of SMB customers doing a file copy and yelling "this SAN...
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    publishing Nutanix performance info violated the EULA

    And does the EULA prohibit sharing any benchmarks? I mean if I take Nutanlx Community edition is it still the case?
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    Looking at revamping my VM/storage setup (open source only) looking at options

    +1 to StarWind free for this scenario. their NFS implementation is pretty fast so it's worth considering. BTW: If you're an IT pro or active online community contributor they can easily give you a full-blown NFR license for free! That one supports unified fault tolerant SMB3/NFS/iSCSI storage...
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    P2V Server 2K3

    It would be a good idea to run the virtual disk file through StarWind V2V converter converting it to the same format and enabling the recovery mode option during conversion. This way the VM applies the hardware change properly. That trick actually saved my bacon when migrating from old...
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    13TB SSD Available For $13,000

    That makes a great flash cache for cloud storage. I'll stay tuned for the next "I can stick more chips in 2.5" bay" contender.
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    VSPEX Blue / EVO:Rail / HCI Experiences?

    (Sorry for resurrecting the topic) Just wondering what was the main factor for buying 4 hosts? Was it your compute requirements or the minimum recommended number of nodes with VSAN?
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