Tag Archives: iSCSI

Don’t trust your primary data to a Drobo

I was reminded to data about the availability issues with storage. Of course, I live it every day on the “sell side” working for Pure Storage. But for my home lab and office, I tend to have “less than enterprise” requirements. Even so, my primary use of my DroboElite has been for secondary copies (backups)… Read More »

How to DOS (Denial of Service) an iSCSI Drobo

Here’s how you can reboot any iSCSI Drobo (DroboElite or B800i, anyhow) on your network: Install FreeBSD 8, 9 or 10 on a system or VM Fire up the iSCSI initiator (old version with FreeBSD 9 or earlier, or new version with FreeBSD 10 beta) Connect to the Drobo With the earlier version of the… Read More »

Migrating NetApp cloned LUNs for iSCSI boot

If you are booting a Linux system via iSCSI (using Broadcomm or Intel iSCSI-bootable Ethernet), certain information specific to your system is embedded in the Linux configuration during the OS installation. If you then clone that LUN and try to boot it with another system, all hell breaks loose. The system starts to boot and… Read More »

Installing Windows 2008 R2 to an iSCSI target (Broadcomm NetExtreme II)

We have a lab at work for the various sales engineers to use. We’ve done a home-brew boot-from-iSCSI farm of servers so we can change boot luns pretty easily, based on a NetApp FAS270 (old cheap but reliable for the moment.) I had the iSCSI initiator in the BIOS set up and could see it… Read More »

DroboElite Review Part 3: Functionality and Performance meet Ease of Use

This is a long overdue post. Back in October I took advantage of DataRobotic’s evaluation program, obtaining a DroboElite for a 30-day period for testing. I finished up my testing and data gathering in November.  My plans included comparing the iSCSI performance of the iSCSI DroboElite with server-based iSCSI target solutions such as Nexenta. Life,… Read More »