NAS OS Install – A Journey in Patience

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I’m in the process of setting up the OS for the new NAS server, and I have to say, the OpenIndiana installer is slow.  I waited 10 minutes to after seeing the Sun Copyright banner, and then 15, then 20, and eventually 30 minutes.  At that point I decided to go download Freenas 9.10.1 and prepared to mount it via the IPMI on the SuperMicro Xeon D board.  But low and behold we have movement! Then we stalled again.  I was starting to have flashbacks of Solaris on Sun Hardware with Software RAID on 16 Drive Storage arrays running early version of ZFS.

Then I got smart, or so I thought.   I took the USB Expander and removed it.  Then I plugged the USB directly into the motherboard.  It didn’t do a thing unfortunately.

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So instead, I decided to a mount an ISO via the IPMI and go with FreeNas. So everything was going well.

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Okay we are making progress

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After logging in and doing some basic setup, I created the first Volume.

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Speed tests were as expected, one mirror does one disk performance, 2 mirrors do two disk performance.

I still plan on installing OpenIndiana on this machine in the future and benchmarking it as well.  My 10G Switch and new Card has arrived, so I’ll be sure to put those benchmarks up as well.

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NAS Hiccup

So as I was starting to do the NAS Build and I noticed an issue.  I had ordered the wrong 10G Nic for my Motherboard.   My motherboard uses 10G RJ45 and I ordered a NIC that uses SFPs. Also I had to add a larger Sata DOM as OmniOS and NappIt need the size.  I decided to add a SLOG drive even though it isn’t needed for just streaming, but if I decide to do ISCSI or NFS for VMware it would be useful.

The final build is below.   This will not inhibit me from continuing the build but will not allow me to do 10G Tests.

6X HGST 6TB He Drives

64GB DDR4 ECC

SuperMicro X10SDV-4C-TLN4F Motherboard

LSI 9211-8i HBA

Supermicro SSD-DM064-PHI 64GB SATA DOM (Disk on Module)

Fractal Node 804 Case

Intel S3710 200GB SSD (SLOG)

Intel X540-T2 10G Controller