FreeNAS server...will this hardware suffice? Multiple zpools?

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  1. markarr

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    I have found that LACP is very picky about config and it should be the same on both ends, in the end I had it drop out on me with a couple different switches and ditched the effort.
     
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  2. IamSpartacus

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    Without going virtual is there any other way to bond dual NICs in FreeNAS that is worthwhile?
     
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  4. IamSpartacus

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    Yes, I have many times.

    I figured out my issue. First I needed to configure one of my 1Gb NICs (I'll later be adding these to their own failover LAG group) to an interface and give it an IP. Once I did that I was able to create a new LAG group for my 10Gb NICs no problem and assign an IP in the VLAN assigned to those ports on my switch.

    What's weird is...I'm able to ping that IP now but the LAG group in FreeNAS is showing the media status as down and on the Cisco side it shows 1 port as active and the other as standby.
     
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    IamSpartacus Well-Known Member

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    I think I'm gonna bite the bullet and throw ESXi on this box and run FreeNAS in a VM. Managing the hardware on VMware (especially networking) is so much easier.
     
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  6. Potatospud

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    If the hardware can handle the workload and it works for you I say go for it. There's a best practices guide for virtualization by the FreeNAS developers out there floating around so stick to that and everything should be fine. I have both and while the AIO setup is more for sandbox testing, it also serves as a backup for the bare metal setup and I've never lost any data or had any kind of pool corruption.
     
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    Ok so I finally got my server setup and settled back on baremetal. I have my two pools of single mirrored vdevs setup and exported via NFS. What's the best way for me to go about testing performance over NFS so I can compare this to iSCSI at a later date? I've got VMware I/O Analyzer installed and setup but I have no idea what tests to run and how to analyze the results.
     
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    Hmmm well I've never used VMware I/O analyzer so I'm not much help there. Off the top of my head I can tell you that I ran iperf and ATTO, and I few others the names of which escape me at the moment. Anybody else have any ideas, care to add anything?
     
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    fio in a vm? Thats what I used to test a bunch of slogs recently.
    But ideally you'd use something as close to your actual workload as possible, whether that's read or write centric depends on your setup;)
     
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    Sorry for being slightly OT,
    I wonder why there is no STH standard that covers most of the typical use cases? Or at least a standard method and or standard parameters so that benches get comparable and everybody has the same starting point ?:)
     
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  12. wildchild

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    Lacp and ISCSI is a big no-no, for nfs it will work, but rather picky.
    For ISCSI you would want to use multipathing and round robin.
    Do not forget to optimze you IOPS over all av. Paths.
    Standard esx used 1000 iops before switching to another path, effectively not using rr untill a large file transfer
     
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  13. IamSpartacus

    IamSpartacus Well-Known Member

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    LACP is off the table for me anyway regardless of whether I chose NFS or iSCSI. I've tried with both 9.10 and 10RC1 with no luck between FreeNAS and my Cisco SG350XG-24F. At this point I'm just using a 1Gb LAG between my Dell X1052 and FreeNAS for management and a single 10Gb link for NFS (for the moment).
     
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    Yep, this can be quite helpful...under the right conditions :-D

    https://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/m...nguage=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=2069356

    What's the point of setting "--IOPS=1"?

    Automating the IOPS setting in the Round Robin PSP - CormacHogan.com
     
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