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How to build a highly available file server using OpenSolaris, iSCSI, ZFS and St

Jun 07, 2009, 18:02 (0 Talkback[s])

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""When researching this solution there was quite a lot of information out there but it was all in different contexts and none of it directly related to each other. By the end of this how to you will have a solution somewhat similar to the below.

"To achieve this you will need :

2 servers for the file servers, we used a pair of IBM xSeries each with a single quad 2ghz xeon and 16gb's of RAM.
A dedicated gig switch I prefer L2 dumb switches for this sort of application as it lessens the chance of performance issues stemming from L3 and vlan tagging.
2 iSCSI chassis -- we used Inforend Eonstor's (A12E-G2121-2 to be exact), we chose to back the file servers with these iSCSI shelfs due to the fact we had two. If we had not had these two shelfs then it is quite likely that we would have used something like an IBM DS3200.
A spare gig nic in each of the servers you want to hook into the storage
2 4 port gig nic's for the file servers."

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