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Resolving slow ssh login performance problems on OpenIndiana

For some time my production systems have been plagued with intermittent slow login performance over ssh. In day to day operations, it was rarely an issue, except for a couple of zones where it was always persistent. It really seemed … Continue reading

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Crucial M4 SSD SMART failure detection

Crucial/Micron is kind enough to trigger a SMART failure in their M4 SSD drives when they reach about 88% of their wear level. This metric is tracked in ID #202. The precise measurement they appear to be using is a … Continue reading

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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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Los Hicimos! We Did It! We broke the bonds of Amazon (AWS, EC2)

Moving out of Amazon is no small feat. After a couple of months preparation we finally moved out of Amazon Web Services ([AWS], aka. the Roach Motel) on December 12th, 2011. And not a moment too soon. In the end, … Continue reading

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Creating USB boot media on OpenIndiana or Solaris for OpenIndiana

Today I was rather irritated with the USB build instructions for OpenIndiana. Someone had taken the time to write excellent directions for the Mac but didn’t write anything for Solaris, Opensolaris, or OpenIndiana. I thought this might be useful for … 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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My Last Day at AOL

Today was my last day at AOL. It was a surprisingly long and uneventful day. However, I was unexpectedly flagged as a ‘Legal Hold.’ Apparently someone over there thought “I knew too much” or had to much access. At any … Continue reading

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Intel SSD 710 Endurance Results & SSD Rants by Artur Bergman

  Here is some leaked data on the new Intel 710 SSD. It is good news for those using hybrid storage pools such ZFS like those available on OpenIndiana, Solaris, and Nexenta. If your pockets are deep enough you could … Continue reading

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