Just would like to know the setup of your file server?
5x 750GB-1Tb (Dell have sent us the 1TB drives instead of the 750GB when we call in a replacement) Still only using the 750GB space
Raid 5 down to 3 Partitions
50GB OS (server 2003)
1.5TB User Areas
1TB "Data" Drive
I don't ever think a FileServer needs to be necessarily powerful. We have a small simple HP MicroServer n54l with 6TB worth of storage space and running Windows Server 2008 R2. I did upgrade the RAM to 4GB though!
It's all backed up to a 9TB NAS Box which runs Windows Backup Server.
Despite what you guys may say in regards to the hardware being carp, it's actually very fast and serves around 500 users accessing shared areas and Home Drives No problems with it at all cost the school £80 after the HP cashback (obviously the hard drives where a bit more)
Last edited by abillybob; 8th May 2014 at 02:14 PM.
We have two virtual hosts, each running Hyper-V, with a separate file server VM on each sharing the same shares through DFS-R. The OSs of the VMs are stored on a virtual disk stored on a DAS RAID 10 array on 300GB 10k SAS disks, the file shares are on a separate virtual disk on a separate DAS RAID array of 7.2k SAS disks. We don't have that much space (roughly 2TB for file shares on each VM file server) but OS and shares are totally separate, and they're quick. They were also built to be easy to expand with more disks in the future.
Will not be touching RAID 5 again on any file servers, too slow and unreliable.
We've got our storage servers set up as follows:
8 x 100GB SSDs - for ultra fast storage (remote desktop server virtual disk images - we have 3 RDS servers running at any one time, and for our SIMS server)
17 x 300GB 10kRPM SAS disks - split into 2 arrays, one with 8 disks - for the rest of our virtual machine hard disks, and the remaining 9 disks for OS and data storage.
So, we end up with 1 x 200GB partition for OS, 1 x 651GB SSD partition, 1 x 1.9TB SAS partition and 1 x 1.8TB SAS partition.
The server itself is a HP DL380 Gen8 with an E5-2420 CPU and 20GB RAM (should be 16GB but we had a spare pair of 2GB sticks).
We then have it connected up via 10GbE.
This was an upgrade from our old non-virtualised network, where data storage was on a 4x500GB SATA NAS unit. Everything absolutely crawled. Much faster now.
We actually have 2 of those, 1 which replicates the other (DFSr for the data, nightly backups of virtual images for the VM storage).
We then back everything up to a 8 x 2TB SATA NAS box (nightly incremental for data and full SIMS data, weekly full data and VMs).
And then finally, we also do off-site backups to 3 x 4TB USB3 external drives. 1 is done yearly for audit purposes. The other 2 are rotated every couple of weeks. We should probably increase the regularity of the off-site backups to be honest.
We've got 500GB SSD as our main file server. No RAID.
We also have a 1TB SSD for movies and audio files which is separate.
We keep the size down doing this
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Last edited by zag; 8th May 2014 at 02:36 PM.
Two fibre channels hosts running ubuntu 12.04 with samba4 each host is
2 x 12 core CPU
2 x 140GB OS Disks
1 x Fibre channel card
Both hosts are connected up to a 32TB HP P2000 MSA the samba config is pushed out via puppet meaning that each share can be accessed via either host and in the event of a host failure we can migrate the IPs over onto the other host
4x NetApp 3020C https://www.ndm.net/netappstore/NetA...etapp-fas3020c
25 TB of Space at main Site, De-Duped in use space 16-17TB... for the entire network we have approximately 150+TB of space.
We also used DotHill assured SANS, all our data is replicated between sites and de-duped.
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File server is a VM, 8GB ram, 2 cores from 2 cpus assigned. Generally that's far more than it needs though.
Storage is an Eonstor A16E-G2140 iSCSI SAN. Two iSCSI connections to the storage using multipath. Presented to the VM using Microsoft iSCSI initiator rather than RDMs. (Unsure if the latter would give any benefits over what i have now really, it's an idea we've thrown around though for switching to) Disks within the SAN are 16 x 2TB SATA drives in RAID10, split on the VM into two 5.4TB partitions.
Surprised by how much hardware some people here have thrown at their file servers, even opting for massive hardware on a sole server rather than VMs?
We have 14TB SAN for user docs. 950ish students 150ish staff using a total of 4TB docs. lots of media work uncompressed videos
Other data drive is 500gb using less then 200gb.
All raid 5... SAN is 8x2TB drives... Other data server is 4x300gb. A few other servers with 2tb but running vmware machines. Exchange running 800gb using less then 250gb.
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