Category Archives: IllumOS, OpenIndiana, OpenSolaris, Nexenta, & Solaris

Discussions about OpenIndiana, Nexenta, IllumOS, Solaris, and other related distributions

Using vlan tagging with OpenIndiana and Juniper switches

Setting up VLANs with OpenIndiana is shockingly simple. I will show you how to do it. My environment already uses link aggregated groups (LAGs). I use Juniper EX4200 switches set up in virtual switch(es). The two gigE links from the … Continue reading

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ZFS: Performance Tuning for Scrubs and Resilvers

My environment is write heavy. I have hundreds of millions of phones sending me events continously. They are like billions and billions of star like bubbles invading my spinning rust. Consequently, when a disk fails or takes on excessive CRC … Continue reading

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Reconfiguring OI/Solaris 11 for full reboot instead of Fast Reboot

Buried deep in the repository is an entry named ‘boot-config.’ This control how your system reboots when you type ‘reboot.’ Sounds simple right? Good. The svcs(1) reports the service as follows: jason@heimdall:/home/jason/smf% svcs boot-config STATE STIME FMRI online Mar_23 svc:/system/boot-config:default … Continue reading

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OpenIndiana 151 was released last week

The Release Notes list a number of new features, fixes, and bugs. In the good news category: KVM – Kernel Virtual Machine which includes extensions for Intel VT. KVM can now run Linux, BSD, or Windows images as guest operating … Continue reading

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Making Seagate 2TB Green drives compatible with your LSI 1068E based controller

So I purchased a number of Seagate 2TB Green drives for my home file server. This new set of drives is to act as a backup to the primary “production” zpool and hold backups of various systems in the house. … Continue reading

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Using OpenIndiana on Dedicated Hardware to Blow the Doors Off of the Amazon Cloud

I wrote his article back in August of 2011 but for whatever reason did not publish it. So I took a job at a mobile engagement management company (now some seven months ago) as the head of operations (for those … Continue reading

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ZFS: How to check disk based write cache status

  One of my OpenIndiana origin servers suddenly starting writing very slowly. The cause is still under investigation. One thing I wanted to verify was that the on-board disk write cache was enabled which is required for ZFS to do … Continue reading

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Adjusting disk time outs on errors

Here is very interesting post about adjusting disk time outs to minimize disk subsystem brown outs on your favorite OpenIndiana, Solaris, Nexenta based system. The techniques describe can be applied to SATA drives as well, as it boils down to … Continue reading

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Simple COMSTAR iSCSI, FCoE, FC config view

Someone reached out to me indicated they were having problems masking their iSCSI LUNs. It occured to me that there is no simplified means to quickly view all the iSCSI related STMF configuration data. I don’t count dumping the STMF … Continue reading

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How to backup and restore COMSTAR (stmf) configurations on OpenIndiana and Solaris.

STMF/COMSTAR configuration data is maintained in the service configuration repository, just like processes started by the service management facility. Like all system configuration data, it is important to maintain backups of your system configuration for all the obvious reasons. Coming … Continue reading

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