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PostPosted: Thu Apr 30, 2009 5:40 am 
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I know where you're coming from for sure... from the start I wanted to find a way to get ZFS (FUSE/Linux, BSD or OpenSolaris) on *this* hardware for the same reasons (awesome form-factor).

... but I also bought the unit because of its high network file transfer speeds and I wouldn't give that up to gain the 'nix feature set.

In the end MS fixed the corruption bug and I've been very happy with it since... that said I'll (someday) see how it handles a drive failure -- hopefully gracefully.


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No, just 100mb. Using UDMA33 on my disk in FreeNAS is a bit slow, moving files betweeen the internal disks.

Now i have better read/write in Ubuntu. Checked with hdparm & time dd ..


It reports UDMA33, but the speed is not limited to 33MB/s.
I've got FreeBSD 8.0-CURRENT with ZFS running on my EX470, and when benchmarking the individual drives, the speeds exceed 33MB/s (more than twice :) )

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I've also got bitten by the keyboard problem, and it appeared that only specific USB keyboards cause the panics. Also the server panics only if the keyboard is attached during boot. If you attach it after the machine booted it works, at least here.

P.S.: Still no luck with the SIS Gige adapter, I'm using Apple USB ethernet for now.


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PostPosted: Wed May 20, 2009 7:12 am 
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My USB Keyboard (logitech?) hangs/panics freeNAS/BSD when I plug it in after boot as well :(

At least that's what I recall. I haven't tested in a while.


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 13, 2009 11:14 am 
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I had some free time today and I was able to hack the SIS191 driver for FreeBSD.

I've made it to work (still some stuff is hardcoded for 1000baseT full-duplex), but works here :)

I've posted it online (served from the ex470 itself:) ) http://ndenev.ath.cx/sge/


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 03, 2010 2:42 am 
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The driver at the above URL has been updated with many fixes thanks to Pyun YongHyeon, a src commiter from the FreeBSD project.
I can now confirm that on my FreeBSD 8.0-STABLE I'm able to reach gigabit speeds in TX and RX! Yay!

TX :
[ ID] Interval Transfer Bandwidth
[ 3] 0.0-10.0 sec 1.04 GBytes 893 Mbits/sec

RX :
[ ID] Interval Transfer Bandwidth
[ 4] 0.0-10.0 sec 1.05 GBytes 902 Mbits/sec

nas# ifconfig sge0
sge0: flags=8843<UP,BROADCAST,RUNNING,SIMPLEX,MULTICAST> metric 0 mtu 1500
options=b<RXCSUM,TXCSUM,VLAN_MTU>
ether 00:0a:e4:86:62:fa
inet 10.0.0.13 netmask 0xffffff00 broadcast 10.0.0.255
media: Ethernet autoselect (1000baseT <full-duplex>)
status: active


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ndenev,

It's great that you have a fully working FreeBSD server on ex470 hardware!

Have you tried zfs raidz on ex470?
Can you report about zfs performance and smb performance using FreeBSD on ex470?

Pavel.


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Yes, I'm running a raidz zfs only setup. Performane seems OK for a singlecore with 2Gigs of ram (ZFS is a memory hungry beast).
I haven't done any measurements, but I will try to do some and post the results here .

Here is my disk setup :

nas$ gpart show
=> 34 1953525101 ad4 GPT (932G)
34 128 1 freebsd-boot (64K)
162 350 - free - (175K)
512 1953524623 2 freebsd-zfs (932G)

=> 34 1953525101 ad5 GPT (932G)
34 128 1 freebsd-boot (64K)
162 350 - free - (175K)
512 1953524623 2 freebsd-zfs (932G)

=> 34 1953525101 ad6 GPT (932G)
34 128 1 freebsd-boot (64K)
162 350 - free - (175K)
512 1953524623 2 freebsd-zfs (932G)

=> 34 1953525101 ad7 GPT (932G)
34 128 1 freebsd-boot (64K)
162 350 - free - (175K)
512 1953524623 2 freebsd-zfs (932G)

nas$ zpool list
NAME SIZE USED AVAIL CAP HEALTH ALTROOT
zfs 3.63T 1.48T 2.15T 40% ONLINE -

nas$ zpool status
pool: zfs
state: ONLINE
scrub: none requested
config:

NAME STATE READ WRITE CKSUM
zfs ONLINE 0 0 0
raidz1 ONLINE 0 0 0
ad4p2 ONLINE 0 0 0
ad5p2 ONLINE 0 0 0
ad6p2 ONLINE 0 0 0
ad7p2 ONLINE 0 0 0
cache
da0 ONLINE 0 0 0

errors: No known data errors

Right now I'm experimenting with a A-Data USB thumbdrive for cache device, but I'm thinking about getting an OCZ eSATA thumbdrive, which I believe will fit nicely in the eSATA port on the back of the ex470.


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Recently upgraded to just released Freenas 8.0.1 and this one also works just fine. Still using UFS mode, as ZFS requires 6GB (actually 8GB) to function at expected speeds and so far I don't see the need for ZFS and such required memory upgrade.

My system (EX490) changes:
- uProc update: Intel Pentium Dual-Core E5400 2,7Ghz
- added HD's: 2x Western Digital Caviar Green WD15EADS. 1.5TB
- Gen3 cable: viewtopic.php?f=6&t=8066 residing in upper drive bay and with jumper installed on motherboard (VGA, Keyboard, Mouse and BIOS access all working).
- 4GB USB stick with Freenas 8.0.1 (plugged in at the front side).

Running the 2x 1.5TB disks in RAID config and accessible via CIFS (Samba). Currently I'm trying to get the original disk up and running as AFP share to use it as Apple TimeMachine disk, but this somehow doesn't work yet ... user privileges issues or something...


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