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    Post Your Connection Speed

    Upgraded my plan, doubling speeds.
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    Monitoring Bandwidth Usage

    If you have the resources; install and set up the Observium Turnkey Linux appliance then configure SNMP on the boxes/devices you'd like to keep tabs on.
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    What kind of routers does the NSA use?

    I suppose that makes sense seeing as how it has a heavy security focus however openbsds network stack intentionally doesn't allow for stuff like traffic inspection (though they could just as easily use a separate dedicated box for that).
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    What kind of routers does the NSA use?

    I'd put my money on either customized Cisco boxes or something special from Narus.
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    Buying hardware on ebay from china.

    Maybe I've just been lucky so far but I also go by the "numbers". If a seller has 10-15k+, the overall feedback is 98%+ positive and hasn't seen a particularly recent upwards trend of negative then if the price and receive date are good I'll go for it. However if I can find the same merits...
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    Best practice to install router behind a modem/router

    I chose Ethernet when I got mine installed. I told the install tech I wanted to do Ethernet and he hooked it up. The ONT simply passes the public IP to the connected device (my router) and that's that. However this leads to many support issues when THEY are having problems and trying to...
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    Amazon storage

    Yeah been a while since I did the math but I've been using Crashplan with no complaints. Currently at ~5TB and as long as the file doesn't need significant breakdown and processing, I can fill my upload pipe (35Mbps[4MBps]).
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    27tb zfs with Dell 9th gen hardware

    Yep this, exactly this. I always tell people, it's not strictly a requirement but it is highly advised and upon failure help will not be forthcoming. It's like Chris Rock once said, "you can drive a car with your feet I you want to but that doesn't make it a good fucking idea!"
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    [H]ome SAN Build

    I went back and forth for quite sometime but landed on SFP+ due to its upgrade path. I figured, I ever wanna go farther than 7 meters (I think that's the max for passive direct-attach cables) I could do optics and fiber. More expensive than RJ-45, sure, but SFP+ uses less power and offered...
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    [H]ome SAN Build

    Yeah what brutalizer said. I went with FreeNAS, ZFS, SSDs (mirrored then striped) and 10GbE (Intel x520-DA2) for my home SAN.
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    Noob questions about NAS

    I'm quite partial to and extremely happy with FreeNAS + jails/plugins. However my storage server is exactly that, it does storage for everything on the network (iSCSI, NFS exports and mounts, CIFS, AFP for TimeMachine). Plex, Transmission and MineOS are my favs plugins and then there are a...
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    Your home ESX server lab hardware specs?

    Same here, and I wondered the exact same thing after I saw w1retaps post so I Google'd around and tried again, was up and running a few hours later. The only thing I haven't completed is the resolution issue (upon reboot it reverts back to 1024x768) but to get started you'll need the Unlocker...
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    Strange Netflix black screen

    Yeah what the last two posts said, sounds like an HDCP issue. If you're running an Nvidia card you can pull up the Nvidia control panel and check HDCp status to the display.
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    D-1541 vs D-1557 - Windows Server 2016 Hyper-V

    Yeah, I believe you are correct, it's coming back to me now. Apparently I interpreted the info wildly different from what I actually read.
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    D-1541 vs D-1557 - Windows Server 2016 Hyper-V

    I was under the impression that Intel did some re-working of the turbo feature in Brodewell-DE to allow for the turbo'ing of multiple cores while under load...? It was my understanding that it wouldn't be all cores but certainly more than one as it has been in the past.
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    are this 10 gig nic and sfp+ cable will work as direct attach (PC to NAS)

    Based on the info I could find, albeit quickly and not extensive, the Mellanox ConnectX2's do indeed work with Synology. The only catch22 I saw was that you must be running DSM 5.1 or later. The only reservations I'd have are 1) the card you specified is a rebrand and sometimes, for whatever...
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    are this 10 gig nic and sfp+ cable will work as direct attach (PC to NAS)

    I only tried the Intels with FreeNAS and ESXi, but yes they were plug n' play. Same with the Mellanox on my Windows 10 box. Once the hardware install and boot sequence were completed the card(s) were immediately recognized and usable. The cables I got were extensively researched prior to...
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    are this 10 gig nic and sfp+ cable will work as direct attach (PC to NAS)

    Cards: 3x Intel X520-DA2 1x Mellanox MNPA19-XTR Cables: 2x 10Gtek SFP-H10GB-CU1M 1x Hummingbird Networks SFP-H10GB-CU1M 1x Cisco SFP-H10GB-CU3M (it came with the Mellanox) I saw a link to a sweet eBay deal on STH and decided for $20 I'd go for it. And since it was going into a workstation and...
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    Physical vs. Virtual FreeNAS + iSCSI vs. NFS: performance testing results.

    Ooooh yeah that stuff too. I got confused when I first started my experiment with the extents, file vs disk (or something), etc. So I did more research and upon seeing an update to a previous page I'd read early on I found they were now recommending NFS, so I did that lol To each their own I...
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    Physical vs. Virtual FreeNAS + iSCSI vs. NFS: performance testing results.

    Oh yeah VAAI is pretty sweet, I've only read about it. Nothing I've done has required it and therefore it wasn't a thing I investigated in practice only in research and theory. I ended up with SSDs purely for speed and separation from the main pool. I also wasn't jived by the notification in...
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    Physical vs. Virtual FreeNAS + iSCSI vs. NFS: performance testing results.

    Intriguing results, thanks for the update. I have a similar setup at home; FreeNAS box for storage of various kinds running on bare metal and two ESXi boxes running a variety of VMs and OSs. All three have 10GbE cards using SFP+ in direct-attach. But for the datastores I ended up using SSDs...
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    are this 10 gig nic and sfp+ cable will work as direct attach (PC to NAS)

    Well I'm sorta an Intel snob/fan-boy especially when it comes to server hardware but I did buy a mellanox card to go in a workstation. When I get home tonight I can let ya know which card(s) and cables I got exactly.
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    are this 10 gig nic and sfp+ cable will work as direct attach (PC to NAS)

    Assuming the OS's support this card; yes. I have one of these in my Win10 machine and it's direct-attach'd to an Intel x520-DA2 in my FreeNAS box using 3meter cable. Speeds topped out around 9.28Gbps so that was great. FYI it's not that not all cards don't support direct-attach, cuz they do...
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    Physical vs. Virtual FreeNAS + iSCSI vs. NFS: performance testing results.

    SFP+ is great right?!?! After doing research, I figured it would be the most versatile and come out on top. Do you happen to have pics of the setup(s)?
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    Physical vs. Virtual FreeNAS + iSCSI vs. NFS: performance testing results.

    Wow I'm impressed and surprised by the power there, nice. Maybe I'm weird but upon reading the specs I have immediately ruled out any Xeon-D motherboard that doesn't have SFP+. But I am really looking forward to joining the Xeon D club one day hopefully soon.
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    Physical vs. Virtual FreeNAS + iSCSI vs. NFS: performance testing results.

    Haha yeah unfortunately in my case it was all an afterthought (in regards to the screenies, documentation and info sharing). Thanks again and keep up the good work. If you do more like this please feel free to keep us updated! Follow up questions; - What's your overall power consumption...
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    Physical vs. Virtual FreeNAS + iSCSI vs. NFS: performance testing results.

    Sweet write-up!!! I did a few rounds of testing similar to this albeit less comprehensive and much smaller scale (in terms of hardware) a while back. It was very barebones, quick and dirty (while yours appears to be well laid out and methodical so kudos). I also neglected to do a write-up...
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    Need advice with file storage

    _Gea has valid points and while I see and understand what you're saying olavgg I'd also say that you're one of the lucky ones. I too have experienced only 2-3 actual memory issues/errors (in my ~15 years in the IT field) BUT when they occurred it caused a cascading effect of problems. ALWAYS...
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    Need advice with file storage

    Matthew Ahrens, one of the founding fathers of ZFS, has spoken; Ars walkthrough: Using the ZFS next-gen filesystem on Linux - Ars Technica OpenForum So there you have it folks. For those interested you can also Google 'zfs ecc' and find out exactly how, when and why ZFS will choke and your...
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    Your home ESX server lab hardware specs?

    I just got an Ubuntu 16.04 VM set up myself, enabled native ZFS w/ pass thru to an HBA, setup a 6TB pool and installed Crashplan. In the early stages of testing for viability as a long term archive-offload box for the cold (stale) data from my main storage box. So far so good!
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    Need advice with file storage

    As anyone running RAID should know already, RAID is not a backup! You should always have a backup of the critical or irreplaceable data (off site or otherwise). And again ECC is not a requirement for ZFS. But should your hardware and budget allow for it, do it. I'd say you can get away...
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    Need advice with file storage

    As Keljian stated, you should seriously consider using ECC RAM when using ZFS. While not a requirement perse it was built with using it in mind so it is highly recommended. If you're serious about long term data storage then ZFS is really your only option. BTRFS is definitely coming around...
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    basic home network security ... would you put an IP camera up?

    I built 4 cameras myself recently using Raspberry Pi's and the available camera module, no sound but all the wife and I wanted was a video feed anyway. I bought all the components (including cases and stands/mounts) through a vendor we use at work so I got a business discount on top of a...
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    HP Procurve 1810g-24

    A necessity, no but I find it easier and more pleasant than the CLI (personally). I believe what you're trying to do is do-able as the 1810g-24 (which I also have) is layer3 but I haven't done it myself so unfortunately I can't walk you through it... Sorry dude. Keep looking and if you can...
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    Anonymous VPN Services?

    I use PIA myself, they somewhat recently upgraded and enabled the use of AES-256 with RSA 4096 so I've happily been rocking that for a few months. I believe it's $40/year and I've been rather pleased, speeds are superb (ping times as well) as I'm able to max out my 50Mbps FiOS connection...
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    Your home ESX server lab hardware specs?

    Nice dude, just beautiful. I actually followed your build over at STH. Was wondering how those Xeon D's are working out for you?
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    File Integrity @ WHS 2011

    Oh yeah totally, I hear you on all points and feel like I was in the same boat. For me however, I couldn't find anything in that regard or rather simply felt that what was available just wasn't adequate so I switched. Hopefully you'll find something that both works for you and makes you...
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    My first home esxi aio server

    I'm using a pair of Intel 535 240GB in a mirror for VM storage, shared over 10GbE via NFS. No power loss protection but the rack has a UPS so it wasn't necessary.
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    File Integrity @ WHS 2011

    The more I dug into this very same issue upon researching my options in a post-WHSv1 world the more I began to realize that nothing can hold a candle to ZFS. I spent a LOT of time doing research and while, for me at the time, it was unthinkable to switch to anything else... I also began to get...
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