RackIt

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  1. It looks like the granularity for moving 'older' files is 1 day based on CTIME. I'd like to move files older than 1 hour based on CMIN. Am I not seeing a setting for this? If not, is there a work-around? (awesome plugin!)
  2. I currently do the same with a Synology for user storage that is versioned using BTRFS. It looks like you have the local backup covered. You then could have remote backup by taking drives offsite. I didn't outline every one of my goals, but one of my goals is to have fast versioned remote backup to the cloud. To get the versioning I could use a file-based backup application (of which I've used and tested many) or I'm thinking I could just use ZFS snapshots. Then just backup snapshots. I would also like to have the files verified by a hash check and I think ZFS would give me that. I hope all that makes sense.
  3. Thanks and good suggestion and my DS916+ supports it. While I like Synology in general, I'm not really a fan being vendor locked with their backup solution. I don't think I'll be buying Synology devices in the future. I'm still thinking I would prefer the robustness of ZFS as a backup server if what I outlined is sound.
  4. My home network is a Windows environment along with a Synology NAS. I want to be able to protect against ransomware so having incremental backups are important to me. I've been looking at various methods other unraid users are using but they all seem too complex for the purpose. I'm sure I'm not the first to consider this but I'm thinking of just using a 1U server to run FreeNAS so I can use daily ZFS snapshots and backup those snapshots locally and remotely. I can then backup important files from my Windows Server NAS, Synology NAS, and unraid all to the FreeNAS server and perform simple backups of FreeNAS. What are the holes in this strategy? p.s. I've also tried Synology backup methods but I found them really unreliable.
  5. Thanks. Not sure how I was missing it but the SAS drives show now.
  6. Great plugin! My SAS drives are not found in the scan. Does this support SAS drives?
  7. CacheCade basically allows you to use a few SSD drives as caching drives with the controller determining what to cache. I'm curious if anyone has tested LSI's CacheCade with unraid. I'm not sure if CacheCade even works with JBOD or if it requires an array. Anyone using it? Thanks.
  8. I restarted the emhttp process and the web interface is back up. killall emhttp nohup emhttp >/dev/null 2>&1 & I started the array but is still sits at "Starting..." but that may be because the cache drive is still mounting?
  9. Thanks. I actually tried loading it from another machine and the message is the same. I suppose I need to try some way to restart the web server component? My array is still completely offline. HELP PLEASE!
  10. If I may refer back to the problem I am having and posted of earlier, my array is still down but I just noticed that the tower website actually keeps showing "System is rebooting..." even after being rebooted a few times. Any suggestions? Thanks.
  11. I rebooted the array and the web interface and array is offline. My syslog is attached. Any help would be appreciate. Thanks. syslog_2012-05-09.txt
  12. I believe we have RC2-test and are awaiting RC2.
  13. unraid wouldn't really be run on it. :-) One parity drive to protect 895 wouldn't be much protection. Each of those slots in the photo actually hold 14 drives. There would be 32-64 arrays in that beast.
  14. A MAID archiver is right in line with the operation of unraid. It doesn't run unraid of course but I stumbled on this and thought I would share. And only for $1400. So tempting. http://www.ebay.com/itm/Copan-Systems-44U-23-MAID-File-Archiver-SATA-Hard-Drive-Array-Rack-Enclosure-1-/200746175391?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2ebd678b9f#ht_5170wt_906
  15. The application is a backup storage array so losing the current days image backups on the cache drive is not a worry. I'll need about 500GB for the cache to hold a days backups. I'll need to work the numbers again but I think SSD will be more costly but maybe not by much. But of course SSD does have the added benefit of simplicity over striping spinners.
  16. I'm curious if anyone has done this yet, but my plan is to use a 3-drive striped raid array for the cache drive. That will at least provide high write speed. (Any recommendation on a raid card supported by unraid in the manner?)
  17. Reading wikipedia in regards raid4 (which is close to what unraid is), the parity drive seems to be the bottleneck. So unraid is slow on writes and suffers greatly on multiple writes to multiple drives. But I see unraid as a particular type of tool for a particular type of job; depending on your priorities. If you want speed then use raid10, and I do already for some servers that need that speed. Now, I also want an economical mass storage device for large files with some data protection and which are read more than written; aka multimedia files and image backups of network computers. I couple unraid with CrashPlan and have a complete backup strategy; always having 3 copies of my data, one being off-site. --- With all that said, I'm setting up a separate unraid server to store my image backups. Speed is a bit more important in this case. So my intention is to create a 'hybrid' unraid and raid server. Simply, I will create a cache drive out of 3 drives striped in order to boost write speeds and speedup backups. The cache drive array will be large enough to handle a days worth of backups. This is I get the speed I need each day and the benefits of unraid on day+1.
  18. That worked! Thanks. And I had to remove the file smb-extra.conf which I had from previous instructions.
  19. I'm new to unraid and I've waited for this RC release for AD to work correctly. I've joined TOWER to the domain but authentication on a share does not authenticate. root@Tower:~# wbinfo -a domainuser1 Enter domainuser1's password: plaintext password authentication failed Might anyone have recommend steps to get AD working for RC1?
  20. I've completed my first unRaid server at home. I went cheap and used only existing hardware I already had on hand. Maybe in a year I'll replace this completely with a new 20-drive server. I am new to unRaid and have always relied on hardware raid. For a media server I did try WHS for a while but I hated it. I was considering FreeNas until I stumbled upon unRaid. Easy expansion was my goal. SATA on this server is at 1.5GB/s versus the now common 3GB/s and 6GB/s for SSD. Pre-clear is running at about 30MB/s. I'll post some performance numbers once I have them. What's in photo1: (1) the unRaid server is the top device with 6 drive bays. - Supermicro P4DP6 with two Xeon processors - 8GB ECC memory - PCI-X 3-ware raid controller (used just as a SATA expander) - SATA drives are one 80GB parity drive and four 80GB data drives, and one 80GB cache drive. I will use this setup to test and understand various unRaid functions and in a week I'll replace all drives with 3TB drives. Also, the P4DP6 has no USB boot capability so I have a Plop boot manager CD which boots first then it boots the USB drive. (2+3) These are servers which run virtual machines with about 6TB storage in each. Striped RAID 10 for boot and striped RAID 10 for data partition. Both have an inter-connect using InfiniBand which provides a dedicated 40GB network channel between the two servers for failing over VM's. Photo2 is the inside of the unRaid server: http://I've completed my first unRaid server at home. I went cheap and used only existing hardware I already had on hand. Maybe in a year I'll replace this completely with a new 20-drive server. I am new to unRaid and have always relied on hardware raid. For a media server I did try WHS for a while but I hated it. I was considering FreeNas until I stumbled upon unRaid. Easy expansion was my goal. SATA on this server is at 1.5GB/s versus the now common 3GB/s and 6GB/s for SSD. Pre-clear is running at about 30MB/s. I'll post some performance numbers once I have them. What's in the photo: (1) the unRaid server is the top device with 6 drive bays. - Supermicro P4DP6 with two Xeon processors - 8GB ECC memory - PCI-X 3-ware raid controller (used just as a SATA expander) - SATA drives are one 80GB parity drive and four 80GB data drives, and one 80GB cache drive. I will use this setup to test and understand various unRaid functions and in a week I'll replace all drives with 3TB drives. Also, the P4DP6 has no USB boot capability so I have a Plop CD which boots first then boots the USB drive. (2+3) These are servers which run virtual machines with about 6TB storage in each. Striped RAID 10 for boot and striped RAID 10 for data partition. Both have an inter-connect using InfiniBand which provides a dedicated 40GB network channel between the two servers for failing over VM's. I've completed my first unRaid server at home. I went cheap and used only existing hardware I already had on hand. Maybe in a year I'll replace this completely with a new 20-drive server. I am new to unRaid and have always relied on hardware raid. For a media server I did try WHS for a while but I hated it. I was considering FreeNas until I stumbled upon unRaid. Easy expansion was my goal. SATA on this server is at 1.5GB/s versus the now common 3GB/s and 6GB/s for SSD. Pre-clear is running at about 30MB/s. I'll post some performance numbers once I have them. What's in photo1: (1) the unRaid server is the top device with 6 drive bays. - Supermicro P4DP6 with two Xeon processors - 8GB ECC memory - PCI-X 3-ware raid controller (used just as a SATA expander) - SATA drives are one 80GB parity drive and four 80GB data drives, and one 80GB cache drive. I will use this setup to test and understand various unRaid functions and in a week I'll replace all drives with 3TB drives. Also, the P4DP6 has no USB boot capability so I have a Plop CD which boots first then boots the USB drive. (2+3) These are servers which run virtual machines with about 6TB storage in each. Striped RAID 10 for boot and striped RAID 10 for data partition. Both have an inter-connect using InfiniBand which provides a dedicated 40GB network channel between the two servers for failing over VM's. Photo2 is the inside of the unRaid server: