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Introduction to Storage

In the field of storage, you used to be able to simply buy enough hard drives to fill your space needs and you would end up with sufficient disks to fulfill your performance needs. Unfortunately with hard disks getting so large, this is no longer the case. To make matters worse, when you start moving from Directly attached storage to a Storage Area Network (SAN), the problem is compounded. In a SAN environment you now have multiple servers competing for the same resources, whereas previously you Read more […]

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Reading and Analyzing Perfstat Files from 7-mode Netapp

When troubleshooting performance issues on a Netapp storage system, Perfstat is a very useful utility. There are other ways to get performance statistics, but they are not quite as detailed.The perfstat file at first glance can be rather daunting. Perfstat files get very large, very fast, and may scare away the faint at heart. But, if you spend a little time looking them over, they start to make some sense.For the purpose of this article I am going to focus on three areas which will help you to pinpoint Read more […]

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How to install Open Filer 2.3

Today’s video shows how to install Open Filer in a Virtual Machine. Open Filer is a very easy to use storage system which integrates with Active Directory and LDAP. It supports NFS, iSCSI, SMB, etc… It has many features including Snapshots, Replication, and High Availability. There is a both a Community Version (Free) and a Commercial Version (Not Free).**Note: This information was migrated from our old site and some of the information may be out of dateIf you will be using this as the production Read more […]

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Picking a Motherboard and Processor to use with Virtualization

When selecting you hardware, there are many factors to consider; How many Virtual Machines do you want to run at a time? How busy will these Virtual Machines be? If you are getting ready to P2V a bunch of virtual machines, then you should use Perfmon (In a Windows Environment) to take a benchmark before proceeding. In this article, I am not going to focus on sizing your environment, but rather making sure that the hardware you select is going to be compatible with what you want to do. **Note, this Read more […]

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Difference between a Storage Area Network (SAN) and Network Attached Storage (NAS)

At first glance Network Attached storage, also called NAS is not much different from a Storage Area Network (SAN). They both attach to a network, they both provide storage to computers on their network. There are some major differences between the two storage roles. However, these two things are becoming more and more the same thing. Today we will discuss what the difference is between a storage area network and network attached storage (SAN vs NAS). Differences in Appearance The first thing Read more […]

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Differences between Enterprise and Consumer grade Storage Systems

When considering your storage systems you will be faced with many choices covering a whole range of price ranges. In this chapter I will cover some of the differences and similarities between consumer grade and enterprise grade equipment. **Note this content was migrated from our old site. Some information may be a bit dated In my examples, I will use a Netapp FAS 2040 as my model Enterprise system. It is the cheapest Netapp you can buy at this time, and it falls into the Enterprise class storage Read more […]

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Configuring OpenFiler Tutorial

Today’s video outlines how to configure Openfiler and continues where I left off from the installing OpenFiler video. This article assumes that you have already already installed Openfiler. For instructions on how to do that see our video on installing openfiler.**Note: This information came from a previous site of ours, so the information may be out of dateToday’s video covers: Setting up the OpenFiler LDAP Server (Part 1) Creating Users and Groups (Part 1) Setting up Network ACL’s (Part Read more […]

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Connecting to storage Systems using iSCSI, NFS, and CIFS (SMB)

As there are a variety of tasks you may need to achieve, there are many different ways to connect to your storage system. Each operating system has differing methods for utilizing these protocols, and different operating systems will perform differently with each protocol. For the purpose of this article we are going to focus on two methods of connecting to storage; LUN’s and File Shares. In my examples I will be using Open Filer as the storage device, then various Linux and Windows editions to Read more […]

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Enable BranchCache On Netapp CIFS shares

Branch Cache is a caching technology to help with performance when accessing file shares over a WAN. Netapp supports this technology and it can be used with compatible clients such as Windows 7 Enterprise and newer, and Server 2008r2 and newer Enable Branch Cache on a storage system Enable SMB 2.1:

The command enables both SMB 2.0 and SMB 2.1. Enable BranchCache:

Optional: Configure the time (in seconds) to keep Read more […]