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Migrate Metadata From Xsan to StorNext

Charles Edge writes about the snmetadump command on his blog Krypted:


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Using the Mac Pro (Late 2013) on its side

From Apple KB http://support.apple.com/kb/HT6099

Although the Mac Pro (Late 2013) is designed to operate in an upright position, you can also use it on its side.

The Mac Pro (2013) has a fan system capable of cooling the computer in a vertical or horizontal orientation as long as you follow these guidelines.

  • Provide enough space at each end of the computer for unrestricted airflow into the base and out the exhaust at the top. Make sure that the air intake and exhaust ports are not covered.
  • When using multiple Mac Pro (Late 2013) computers, do not direct the exhaust at the top of one Mac Pro towards the intake of another system. Place the computers side by side with a gap of at least several inches between them.
  • When on its side, secure the Mac Pro (Late 2013) to be sure that it doesn't roll. Place the computer on a protective surface that will not scratch or damage the enclosure. Note: The Apple Limited Warranty does not cover cosmetic damage to the enclosure.
  • Orient the computer so that the Input/Output (I/O) panel remains accessible during use.
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Using the Mac Pro (Late 2013) on its side (Apple KB)

Although the Mac Pro (Late 2013) is designed to operate in an upright position, you can also use it on its side.

Read more: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT6099

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Xsan vs GigE NAS?


We're looking at upgrading our Xsan (and all of its clients to new Mac Pros) as it's a 5 year old install and locked to 10.6.8.

I know that some places are marketing "video workflow" optimized NAS solutions over 10 gig E as an alternative. I assume these boxes just use standard AFP and file level storage.

Does anyone have a comparison of using one of those vs. Xsan? Seems like a higher theoretical bandwidth vs 4 Gb fibre (at least that's what our current switch and cards can handle)... But how does Final Cut Pro X and/or Premiere work with a file level storage system vs. Xsan? I assumed that Xsan would offer maximum compatibility for collaborating on files but I'm not sure if any changes to Final Cut X or these newer NAS boxes mitigated any issues.

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Legacy Xsanity content has been migrated

We've been able to migrate the eight years (eight years!) of legacy Xsanity posts/stories over to our new site. Comments, too. And now it is certainly bedtime.

Please keep the suggestions and comments coming.

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LUN config for Promise Ex30 (non Apple)

Good Evening

I'm about to configure a Promise Ex30 (non apple) for an Apple Xsan Environment (Yes, Promise already confirmed that works with the hardware i have, like a Qlogic 5800, Atto and LSI cards)

I was wondering about the LUN Configuration.

The system is a 24 bay, dual controller, HDD NL-SAS of 3 TB.

What configuration do you recommend for performance?
Workflow is for both HD Full HD ProRes, and 4k XAVC (So 30 - 40 MB/s for every layer)
But i could also manage a layer of SonyRAW 4K from an F55 in 3840x2160 50p, that means 500 MB/s

2 LUN of 11 disks Raid 5 + 1 dedicated spare?
4 LUN of 6 disks Raid 5 without spares?

I have a dedicated metadata array 4 Gbit, cause of the presence of multiple volumes

The ALUA should be enabled for better performance? (Clients will be 10.9 / 10.8.5)
What about the stripe size?

Thank you all for your time.

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Mac Pro (Late 2013): Memory specifications (Apple KB)

Learn which kinds of memory to use with your Mac Pro (Late 2013) computer. 

Read more: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT6064

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Mac Pro (Late 2013): Recommended software and firmware updates (Apple KB)

OS X software and firmware updates are available for Mac Pro (Late 2013) computers.

Read more: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT6091

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Mac Pro (Late 2013): Might not wake from sleep in Windows 8 (Apple KB)

If you're using Windows 8 on your Mac Pro (Late 2013), it might not wake from sleep after pressing a keyboard key or clicking the mouse button.

Read more: http://support.apple.com/kb/TS5310

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Mac Pro (Late 2013): How to find the serial number (Apple KB)

Learn how to find the serial number for your Mac Pro (Late 2013) computer.

Read more: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT6062


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