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Disk Benchmark Part 1

Lately I have been running benchmarks on storage solutions that I have built myself using open source file systems such as ZFS. I needed to compare the performance on the platform when I incremented or used different types of disks, changed RAID levels, added SSDs for caching, etc… With that in mind I started looking for a good benchmarking utility that could provide me with the information needed to evaluate a configuration change....

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ZFS iSCSI LUN MPIO Setup Windows Server

I have been working with Microsoft failover clustering in my home lab and needed to configure some of my windows 2008/2012 servers to access LUNs that I created in my OpenIndiana server using COMSTAR. My OpenIndiana server which was built last year originally had 2x1G networks ports. Since then I added a 4x1G NIC because I wanted to dedicate two ports for iSCSI traffic and have the original two ports for home SMB/NFS/FTP traffic. I also...

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vSphere Upgrade Process

I have been upgrading some VMware clusters lately and I figured I would put together some steps that you should normally follow when doing so. This post is more of a guideline rather than being very detailed as compared to my other posts. With that said, let’s get started 1. The first thing that you normally update should be vCenter and it is a good idea to always take a snapshot of the VM before doing so. If everything goes as...

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ZFS FTPD Configuration

In this article I will go over the process of installing ProFTPD so that we can enable FTP support on our ZFS file shares. The reason why I decided to create this article was because I have multiple network adapters on my server and I wanted my network shares to be accessible via FTP on multiple IP addresses. Getting this to work entailed manually modifying some of the configuration parameters. Let’s go ahead and get started. By...

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Configuring VLANs on pfSense

Intro: In this article I will go over how to configure routing between multiple VLANs by using our pfSense router and a switch that supports 802.1Q. On our pfSense router we will configure our LAN port with multiple sub interfaces and assign each one to a certain VLAN. The uplink port on the switch side connecting to our pfSense router will be set to tag all the traffic using the 802.1Q protocol. This configuration is known as a router on...

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ZFS iSCSI Configuration

Intro: It has been a while since I made a blog post. I have been busy playing with some new toys 😀 and haven’t had a chance to update the content on this site. In this article I will build upon my previous ZFS post and will configure iSCSI using Napp-it so that we can connect an ESXi Host. iSCSI Configuration: We will use Comstar to configure iSCSI on our server. There is a couple of components that have to be created before we can...

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ZFS Storage Server Build and Configuration

In this article we will go through the process of building a storage platform for your data needs. I have been contemplating updating my storage server for a while now since it is becoming outdated and is not capable of keeping up with my demands. My current setup is running on an old Intel P35 based motherboard using a dual core Intel E8400 processor. I am doing RAID 5 using 4*1TB hard drives via a Dell PERC 5I raid adapter. This setup...

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