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    ZFS and VMFS6 Space Reclamation

    VMware implemented a new file system type VMFS6 available with ESXi 6.5 and 6.7. One of its new features is automatic space reclamation. Space Reclamation Requests from VMFS Datastores The default setting on new datastores with VMFS6 is a reclamation priority of "Low" with maximum bandwidth of...
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    Intel Optane SSD 900P 280GB AIC $235 + YMMV 13% bucks

    NewEgg via eBay has a 15% discount on several items, including this Intel Optane 900P AIC. Regularly listed at $276.46, it drops to $234.99 when added to a cart. @gea has a great post on how Optane SSDs as Slogs improve write performance on Solaris/OmniOS ZFS. Intel Optane SSD 900P Series -...
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    Occasional OmniOS iSCSI disconnect from VMware

    I use a VM with OmniOS r151024ap and napp-it v. 18.01b as a storage server for a VMware 6.0u3 cluster. Around 30 VMs use 8 iSCSI LUNs for storage. It is mostly very stable, but about twice a year the storage VM stops responding to iSCSI requests from ESXi hosts. After an incident, vmkernel log...
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    Free CloudBerry licenses to celebrate World Backup Day 2017

    Cloudberry Backup is a good tool to backup to cloud servers in AWS, Google Cloud, etc. . It also supports private repositories using minio.io and other S3 compatible file servers. Until Sunday with coupon code WBDAY17 they are giving away free licenses for Windows desktops (not Windows Server)...
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    napp-it and OmniOS on Proxmox

    I have deployed napp-it and OmniOS as a ZFS storage server with VMware ESXi. It has worked quite well. A customer project is coming up requiring KVM with multiple Linux and Windows VMs. We are considering using a VM on Proxmox with napp-it and OmniOS for storage services. This article on the...