I continue to look for the ultimate (cheap) storage server.

Here is a great iSCSI target package. I’ve not had a chance to do a full eval of it, but I can say that I got it up and running within 15 minutes.

That’s not bad considering that the setup is done entirely by editing config files.

The cool thing is – I can set up snapshots using linux LVM’s and remount them for backup, etc. It will take a lot of testing and play to get it working in a semi-production setting, but when it comes down to it, it’s a freebie.

At first glance the main drawback seems to be an inability to make changes without restarting the iscsi-target service.  This – in and of itself, may make it unsuitable for my purposes.  But I’ll give it a close look-see because the price is right. 🙂


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    • on June 20, 2008 at 8:47 am
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    I’ve been using the package with my wife’s Powerbook G4 as a way to implement Time Machine for the last few months. The performance (for my use of it) seems to be fine. I’d agree on the “drawback”. I wonder if you could kill -HUP it and not have to take a hit.

  1. I’ve got it running in a VM and I’ll test that as soon as I’m not so sleep deprived.

    I’m still playing with Open-E, I got a 60 day full-function trial version from their website and it seems to do almost everything as advertised. They have a “Lite” version that is supposed to be full-function (up to 1TB) but my early testing seems to show it doesn’t include a lot of the driver support that’s in the full version. (My Adaptec 2610 {dell CERC 1.5/6} doesn’t read correctly)

    Open-E is not long for the world in my datacenter though, the production version is too expensive for what it is, not when I can get everything I need on the OpenSource.

    I’m thinking that between the open-source driver, Samba, and NFSv4 that comes with CentOS5.1, I should have everything I need in a fileserver. I just need to make sure that the ‘fileio’ locking doesn’t break VMWare.

    • on June 23, 2008 at 3:05 pm
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    *cough* opensolaris *cough*

    Oh, and open-E’s free version was good for up to 2TB if you *acted now*. I heard you probably already have a copy of that though 🙂

    Unfortunately, 2TB isn’t even enough for most home users nowadays, at least not me. So… nexenta or opensolaris it is. COMSTAR for opensolaris has made things MUCH more interesting. Homebrew FC target gives you the best of both worlds.

  2. Yeah – I’ve got it. Problem is the DSS_Lite (as they call it) is truly lite as it doesn’t include a number of the drivers that the for sale version does.

    I got my system to work using the Demo edition of DSS, but not the lite edition. I’ve found too many bugs to leave me with any comfort level and will be switching over to testing Comstar testing next week.

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