I posted the other day that I decided to give up on the network RAID configuration I did with my first iSCSI SAN setup using Ubuntu, iSCSI Enterprise Target (IET), ZFS and GlusterFS. The problem was in the data integrity after the LUN files were replicated to the passive node. If you take out the complication of GlusterFS though, the Ubuntu/IET setup is really easy and rock solid. The only issue with IET is that it currently doesn’t support SCSI-3 features like persistent reservations which VMWare likes, and Windows 2008 R2 server requires for failover clustering. I haven’t had an issue with VMWare, but I cannot get failover clustering in Windows 2008 R2 to work with it. The good news is that according to this thread, SCSI-3 should be available in the next version of IET.
Right after I finished writing my post ripping on the iPad, I came across a post entitled “How the iPad 2 Became My Favorite Computer.” When I saw that title, I was ready to pooh-pooh that post. And I did leave some critical comments. But as I started reading comments from other people and reading the author’s responses, I realized that computing is immensely personal. After all, computers were known early on as “personal computers.” HP had an ad campaign where their slogan was “The computer is personal again.” Everybody uses computers differently. Who am I to criticize a computing setup that works for someone? If something works, good. I am so picky about components that I built my own PC. Computers sold in stores weren’t good enough for what I was trying to do. I’m sure there are people who would say my computer is overkill, but I think it’s fine. Some people are perfectly fine using a seven-year-old PC. Macs work for some. Windows-based PCs are essential for others. Some go with Linux.
My GPO has the App-V client being pushed to ALL computers, on the principal that even on servers, I would rather have the App-V client and a virtualized PDF reader than have to actually install third-party software. That got me in some trouble with my brand new x1600 from HP.
App-V, iSCSI, WSS, and trouble!
On Google+ ( https://plus.google.com/110340962945642622580/posts/VkhaiQxTQCJ), I said: *** I just got an invitation from HP to test out an ink subscription service with a printer. The first step is to fill out a form.
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Just dropped a HP DG0300FAMWN drive off of my main server and the spare in the box picked up and started rebuilding the array. That's the good news.
Getting a spare.
I’m running Win2008 R2 (RTM) in a vSPhere VM, and while everything appears to run perfectly fine, if I install something via Server Manager it gets almost all the way complete and crashes… the server completely hard locks, no mouse, etc.
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Win2008 R2 crashes when installing roles via Server Manager