Two NDS-4600-JD-05

Submitted by gpmidi on Tue, 02/04/2020 - 08:41

These two NDS-4600-JD-05 units each have space for 60 3.5" drives with four 6 Gbps SAS ports on each of the two controllers. The plan is to connect two R610s (eventually R620s) to each of them with the DAS units partitioned so that each of the R610s/R620s has 30 disks (well, 15-disks on each of a pair of redundant 6 Gbps SAS lines). There will be a Ceph OSD per disk on each of the 30 disks. Half of the 30 disks will be 8TB and half will be either 3TB or 2TB disks. 

Z Uber Move - Second Draft Of Plans gpmidi Sat, 02/01/2020 - 14:45

Updated Plans!

First up, the door install is set for Tuesday, February 11th. Once the door is in two of the libraries (the two working ones) will come inside. I'll probably end up using movers to handle getting the boxes, shelving, tool boxes, and other stuff out to the garage. Although I'm not sure yet if I'll try to get the libraries inside before, during, or after the movers come. 

How It Starts gpmidi Mon, 01/27/2020 - 00:27

First it's a single drive, then a small 16-slot library. Then you get into the TS3200 territory. Before you know it you have three Scalar i6000s...

Z Uber Move - First Draft Of Plans gpmidi Mon, 12/30/2019 - 21:22

Next up in the z uber move...Getting the tape libraries from the garage to the server room. This will require installing a much larger door (two doors really), building a ramp, and moving a metric ton of boxes of gear/cables/parts/etc.

Helped students talk to ISS! gpmidi Thu, 10/31/2019 - 14:11

On Tuesday 2019-10-29 at 11:01 AM US/East a team of amateur radio operations, myself included, made contact with the International Space Station. Thirteen students from Farmwell Station Middle School (FSMS), part of Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS), were able to ask questions of Dr. Drew Morgan. This was thanks to the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARRIS) program and Loudoun Amateur Radio Group (LARG).

Stupid Simple Python Script For Working With System vs ZFS Disks gpmidi Thu, 10/10/2019 - 09:42

This script helps identify what disks are in use (or not in use) by ZFS. It's a stupid-simple python 3 script that requires only 'sh'. You can get that via 'pip3 install sh'. 

import re
from sh import zpool,lsblk,ls
from pprint import pprint

print("Finding all disks")
sdisks = str(lsblk('-d').stdout)
# sdbl  67:240  0   7.3T  0 disk
alldisks = re.findall(r'(sd[a-z]+)\s+\d+:\d+\s+\d+\s+(.*?)\s+\d+\s+disk',sdisks,re.MULTILINE)
print("Found %d disks on system"%len(alldisks))


Ham Radio: The Old Guards vs Everyone Under 60

Submitted by gpmidi on Thu, 08/29/2019 - 17:01

For those who aren't aware, there is a bit of controversy in the ham radio community at the moment around Winlink. The tl;dr here is that a bunch of boaters started getting ham radio license so they could use Winlink to send and receive email when they're out at sea.

The problems started when a few of them started using it for more than personal use - they were using it commercially. This is strictly prohibited with ham radio. This is compounded by some of the boaters not using it properly; they'd use it on frequencies already in use by others at that time.