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    FreeNAS - Temporary Storage for VMware ESX Cluster

    I have an ESX Cluster with three hosts running HA, and I want to shuffle around some stuff on my storage, but I'm a little short on free-space. I've run into some file locking issues where only a single hosts can RW any particular datastore with another much older storage product, causing...
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    Saturating Cisco 2960s stack with iSCSI traffic; move to 3560g? 4948?

    I imagine for some of you this would be a fairly basic question; I deployed a ESX cluster a few years ago on a 2960s stack. HP G6 dual quad core, each server with 8 1gb NIC's. HP P4300 storage It was relatively low traffic and seemed to work well from what I can tell. I've since added a...
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    ZFS/nexenta instance failed drive question

    I have a 16x1TB server in RAIDZ3. I had a disk throw a write error, went ahead and replaced it. I am aware that the rebuild does take a long time, probably 5-7 days. We're on day 2, and we lost a second disk Question is, do I go ahead and replace it now, or let the first disk finish? I...
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    VMware ESX; cheaper datastor for archived guests?

    Greetings. I think this is a pretty straight forward question. I have three servers in a VMware ESX 5.0 cluster. Each server is presented say, a dozen different datastore's of an HP Lefthand SAN product over iSCSI. Each server can access each datastore and different VM's on the same...
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    Can't enable passthrough on supermicro board

    Two threads in one day. Just trying to get some sort of server running so I can give my devs at work some VM capacity. Does anyone have any tips other than BIOS updates to get VT-X / pass through enabled? I can't find anywhere on the internet that says VT-X isn't enabled on this motherboard...
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    PSOD with ESXi 5.1 / SM X7DWU

    Does anyone else use this motherboard? Supermicro X7DWU Firmware is latest / up to date. With 32GB FB/ECC/DDR2 / dual xeon E5405 I've tried removing all the add-on cards, lots of futzing, less ram, more ram, turning off the SATA ports on the motherboard, Consistenly PSOD with the...
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    Too old for ZFS?; suggestions on disk config

    I've got some older but still use able servers on the shelf at work I want to make available for ESXi capacity. I've been happy with some of my latest builds but these last few servers I have aren't necessarily ideal for all-in-one due to various factors. This thread pertains to disk...
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    After rebooting ESXi host, directpath device still isn't available.

    Hi there. I have a 2U supermicro server that has a 4 slot riser card in it. No matter how many times I reboot my server, any card plugged into ports 2-4 on the riser card in this server isn't ever made available to my guest vm's; they all are "pending" from restart. Any combination of...
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    Stupid check; Move from Corsair H60 too ?

    I am someone who tries to mitigate issues with my computer, I've read enough horror stories of the H60 leaking to be considering a move back to an air cooler. I got myself into an i7-3930k on retail edge a few days ago, and at the time of replacement I'm considering dumping the h60. Air cooler...
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    TIM on i3-370m. Exposed Die, is it safe to use Arctic Silver?

    I took apart a Dell Latitude with a i3-370m processor. This processor has an exposed "die" as well as a bunch of little bumps of electronics on the CPU. Is it safe to use Arctic Silver or other thermal paste on this processor? I've got a couple of tubes of cheap stuff that came with $30...
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    Seagate updates warranties?

    Just got this guy in the mail. http://img.en25.com/Web/Seagate/Seagate_WarrantyNotice__SPP_AMER.pdf Nice to see 5 years out of the enterprise drives again. Reason I bought them in the first place.
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    Trust SMART / CrystalDiskInfo

    The Story is. 1. Build the freenas Fileserver listed below. Used an 400W Corsair Supply. (12 hard drives, so I knew I was stretching it a bit but those corsairs are usually champs) 2. While transfering data, freenas indicated one of the 2TB hitachi drives failed, smart errors, spin-up time...
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    Supermicro AOC-SASLP-MV8 bsod IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL

    I have a server 2008 R2 machine with a Supermicro AOC SASLP MV8 card in it. I've done the latest (3.1.?) bios update for the card. I believe it's a version 1 card, with a PCI-E 4x bus. (The OS install didn't recognize the V2 card drivers, but it did recognize the V1 drivers) This is...
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    Will I regret nas4free on ESXI without VTD?

    I've been tasked to provide a fair amount (~8TB) of disk space for a simple backup server for material on a video editing machine at work (Currently 5 TB of data that doesn't change very much). I had some issues installing nas4free on bare metal, so I installed ESXi, then the NAS software on...
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    $15 Perc 5/i mod

    Just wanted to show off a simple mod here, taken from some tips that other people posted throughout the net, but no one ever did pictures. I had some bare Perc 5/i's i pulled out of some older servers for free, put a little money into them and I should be able to use them for home use. You read...
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    pick [H]'s brains for RAID configuration

    Greetings. I have a new server, 16x1TB disk, rack mount server for the backups. This server is the backup sever, and a colo, so I'm trying to make it reliable, and tolerate a disk failure without me having to drive out there right away. The server will have Windows Server 2008 R2 on it...
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    Stupidity check - GTX 295 + GT 610 + 3 monitors

    GT 610 shows up fine in device manager, but not in the nvidia control panel. Any monitor plugged into it doesn't show up, either. Am I doing something stupid here?
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    SMART info question

    Bought two new Samsung HD2404UI drives. What showed up was re-branded Seagate ST20000DL04 drives. So I'm a little upset about that. What makes it worse is crystaldiskinfo shows one of the disk shows "BAD". I know not to always trust these disk info programs but since its a seagate I'm a little...
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    How to test Seagate SAS drives?

    I have a stack of about 15 seagate 10/15k rpm drives at work that have fallen out of various RAID arrays over the years. I've had no luck with anything like Seatools or whatever to figure out if they are actually bad or not. I've used a couple different cards [AOC-SASLP-MV8, SASWT4i]...
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    Opinions; upgrade from i7-875k?

    Should I jump ship to SB-E? I'm considering it more for some native SATA III ports, and 8 DIMM's [hey, ram is cheap why not?] than really wanting the speed bump. I feel like the new Sandy-Bridge E processors is sort of the new i7-920; it will be around for a few years and is the workstation...
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    Any Vmware VSA users

    A little back history; I've been preparing my company to migrate fully to a virtualized HA front-end, with a redundant SAN back-end. I've been re-utilizing existing hardware [Think dell PE2950/2970's] to continue to add capacity for our business and better utilize the hardware [before...
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    Minimum PS for HD 5850

    Greetings! I just upgraded from a crossfire 5850 to a single 7950. Some difference, but not a lot. Anyways. my question is I have the following at home sitting on a shelf; "Factory" HD 5850 ASRock MATX H55M-GE motherboard with i3-550 3.2ghz with 16GB DDR3 ASUS ATX M4A79T motherboard...
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    Slow speeds with 9260-4i + M4 / C300

    Greetings. I purchased a LSI 9260-4i controller card a while back, got all settled down with it, but never really got speeds that seemed proper. I never benched write speeds but I benched read speeds at under 220MB/s with a Crucial C300 128GB Similiar speeds on a crucial 512GB M4 I believe...
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    720p video stuttering on E-350 APU?

    Greetings; I have a media server/htpc with a 1.6ghz E-350 APU. [link] It has server 08 installed on it and 8GB of memory, and has 5 1.5TB WD Green drives plugged into it, including one partitioned and a chunk used for the OS. Have the latest AMD drivers for the APU, though the control...
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    How to beat ICHR10 performance? Not with Intel SASWR4I.

    A thread to comment on this controllers mediocre performance, and inquire about preferred controllers that ideally don't make as much heat. The whole system doesn't currently make a lot of heat, so I was trying to find a RAID controller that wasn't tremendously hot, with 0 success so far. I...
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    ZFSGuru; Can't write to NFS Shares.

    Hello. I've been beating my head against the monitor a few days here off and on when I can take the pain. I have a pretty basic ZFSguru install. I have a single RAIDZ tank called ... tank It's shared over SMB. I can read and write to it over SMB. This is what my /etc/zfs/exports looks...
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    Opinions on storage system

    Hello. I'm looking for some opinions on how I'm upgrading from my current storage system, in particular any pros and cons for operating systems. I'm familiar with all manner of operating systems, including Ubuntu Server, Server 2008/R2 I am also comfortable with virtualization platforms, in...
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    W7x64 - Prefecting/Superfecth - 8GB -> 16 GB Worth it?

    This is kind of a generic question, but I'm interested in making the whole machine feel faster in general without jumping on board with SSD. I've tinkered with an Intel X32-E 32GB for OS, as well as a A-Card 9010b for OS, and ran into more problems then they are worth. [intel drive failed...
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