On Jan 3, 2012, at 9:35 AM, Svavar Örn Eysteinsson wrote:

> Hello.
> I'm planing to replace my old Apple XRAID, and XSAN Filesystem(1.4.2) Fiber 
> environment.
> This setup only hosted a AFP,CIFS for a large advertising agency.
> Now that Fiber is damn expensive and for one thing, we do not need the fiber 
> connection
> as every client connects with IP.
> So iSCSI, AFP, CIFS should be efficient for us.
> We have been running this setup since late/early 2006/2007 without problems.
> No that the hardware/software is warned out and we had pretty damn 
> catastropic filesystem failure lately.
> I've been running OpenIndiana on a custom made server with ZFS,CIFS,AFP and 
> all that
> for couple of months right now. Really good. This server just acts as a 
> temporary
> solution. Currently has 4x 2TB Enterprise SATA disks in RAIDz1 and expanding
> in few weeks with Supermicro AOC-USAS-L8i and 4-8 more disks.
> Doing daily snapshots and, yea really love it.
> Are there any recommendations regarding HP Servers running OpenIndiana to act 
> as a ZFS
> Capacity server ?
> The server should only do :
> * AFP
> * CIFS
> * NFS
> * iSCSI
> * and of course ZFS underneath
> So what I'm looking at is a large capacity server.
> We need 12-20TB at the start.
> Any other vendors good ?  any servers that comes out of the box and runs
> Openindiana 151 with no problems (drivers / hardware ) e.t.c. acting as a 
> capacity server.
> And support would be a good option to.
> Any help would be much appreciated.
> Thanks allot.
> Best regards,
> Svavar - Reykjavik - Iceland

I haven't really seen any 100% commercially supported solutions for this.  If 
you put this configuration on an HP server & call them to report a problem, 
they're going to most likely deny your request because you're using an 
unsupported OS.  You may be able to get away with using Solaris 11, but you'll 
pay for it.  I suggest looking at NexentaStor & it's partners:  
http://www.nexenta.com.  Talk to them about what you want to do, they'd most 
likely be most receptive of "unique" setups.  I was able to get AFP working on 
NexentaStor Community edition.  I was not able to get it working with Active 
Directory (I'd love advice if anyone has it).  If anything, their partners 
would most likely be receptive to supporting the hardware configuration itself 
& the software would be up to you.  Better than nothing at all.


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