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grinder

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this post transcends storage, networking and O/S. It's mostly a storage thread so I will start it here.

I want to build a nas out of hardware i already have. Ideally i want iSCSI support so I can get deep into ESXi testing, and be able to freely rebuild and maintain my servers as necessary without disrupting file sharing capability for media centers, etc.

Athlon X2 5000+
ASUS M2N-SLI
4 GB DDR2 RAM
Intel SRCSASBB8I Raid controller
(8) Seagate 1TB SATA hard drives
(2) intel pro 1000 nic cards with jumbo frame support


Tried: FreeNAS

This product is fail for hardware raid. I averaged 150 MB/sec when windows 2008 was on this rig, FreeNAS melted that down to 11 MB/sec.. brutal.

I've spend all weekend tweaking, time well wasted.


NEXT UP: Openfiler
 

grinder

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this is a nas rig,


im running ESXi on real servers, PowerEdge r710's, etc, etc,
 

enaberif

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this post transcends storage, networking and O/S. It's mostly a storage thread so I will start it here.

I want to build a nas out of hardware i already have. Ideally i want iSCSI support so I can get deep into ESXi testing, and be able to freely rebuild and maintain my servers as necessary without disrupting file sharing capability for media centers, etc.

Athlon X2 5000+
ASUS M2N-SLI
4 GB DDR2 RAM
Intel SRCSASBB8I Raid controller
(8) Seagate 1TB SATA hard drives
(2) intel pro 1000 nic cards with jumbo frame support


Tried: FreeNAS

This product is fail for hardware raid. I averaged 150 MB/sec when windows 2008 was on this rig, FreeNAS melted that down to 11 MB/sec.. brutal.

I've spend all weekend tweaking, time well wasted.


NEXT UP: Openfiler
what version of freenas did you use? v8 really sucks but v7 is good and I think you may not have setup something properly.

I tried openfiler but didn't like it.

And debian with samba isn't a nas.. its just a os with file sharing capabilities.
 

misterd

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I use ESXi 4.0 with vSphere + iSCSI on Openfiler @ work. It's ok for what we were doing. However we just bought NCIX.com - Buy QNAP TS-859U-RP+ 8-BAY 2U Rackmount Turbo RAID NAS Server W/ iSCSI & Dual Redundant Power Supply - QNAP Systems Inc. - TS-859U-RP+-US - in Canada
to replace the ghetto boxes we had running Openfiler. More redundancy in power/drives/network and way more space (4x 2TB SATA vs 3x 200GB IDE) Until drives started failing these were rock solid and good for what we needed at the time.

[SIZE=-1]Kernel Version[/SIZE] [SIZE=-1]2.6.29.6-0.24.smp.gcc3.4.x86.i686 (SMP)[/SIZE] [SIZE=-1]Distro Name[/SIZE]
[SIZE=-1]Openfiler NAS/SAN [/SIZE] [SIZE=-1]Uptime[/SIZE] [SIZE=-1]322 days 58 minutes[/SIZE] [SIZE=-1]Current Users[/SIZE] [SIZE=-1]0[/SIZE] [SIZE=-1]Load Averages[/SIZE] [SIZE=-1]0.05 0.16 0.24[/SIZE]
That's from the one that didn't have any drives fail (yet)

If you have any questions let me know.
 

grinder

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haha, i got the EXACT same qnas model on order to run my online backup server, should be in next week. But that's a different topic.

From what i've read FreeNAS is pretty much software raid (even if you have a hardware raid card), so i'm not going to waste more time on it, no matter what version.

So far openfiler looks promising (2.99 x86_64) but i get a kernel_panic every time I enable the intel pro 1000 NIC's. Out of the box I get way better transfer rates than freeNAS when it works; but still less than what I'm used to when this same hardware is running windows server 2008.

I will try openfiler 2.3 x86 next and hope i can aggregate 3 gigabit NIC's with jumbo frames (which is what i'm after)

What hardware were you running misterd?
 

supaflyx3

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what version of freenas did you use? v8 really sucks but v7 is good and I think you may not have setup something properly.

I tried openfiler but didn't like it.

And debian with samba isn't a nas.. its just a os with file sharing capabilities.
Yes it is :l samba allows access to the server from the network... so it's a network attached storage device.
 

misterd

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What hardware were you running misterd?
Warning - Laugh alert - Warning

Rackmountable P3 1266 with 512 SDRAM on an Asus CUSL2
3x 200GB IDE in Raid 5
1x 20/40GB IDE boot drive
Intel Pro 1000 Dual Port Gigabit PCI-X (not express)

I had 3 identical iSCSI datastores setup like this.

1. they're rackmountable with redundant PSU
2. I have 25+ of them around and for running Openfiler they were great
3. I need to prove to some beancounters that this would work so my budget was uber cheap

Oh side note, I did have FreeNAS running off of a USB stick. I'm gonna try the same with Openfiler.
 

BrainEater

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but i get a kernel_panic every time I enable the intel pro 1000 NIC's.
Try running just 1 nic.

In the past I have had issues running multiple intel nics....for example , I could NEVER get an intel pro GT and an intel pro MT to work in the same box.

:thumb:
 

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