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Mac Pro Available (to order) Tomorrow, December 19

Mac Pro

Apple today announced that the long-awaited Mac Pro will be available TOMORROW. Well, not exactly. It will be available to order starting tomorrow. We learned about base pricing a few weeks ago. Tomorrow we'll learn about pricing on CTO (configure-to-order) options, including 8-core and 12-core, GPUs, 1 TB flash storage, and much more. We'll let you know when we learn when they are shipping. Of course, please post your thoughts and experiences here.

The pricing we know today? 3.7 GHz quad-core Intel Xeon E5 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.9 GHz, dual AMD FirePro D300 GPUs with 2GB of VRAM each, 12GB of memory, and 256GB of PCIe-based flash storage: $2,999. Same as above with 3.5GHz 6-core processor, dual AMD FirePro D500 GPUs with 3GB of VRAM each, 16GB of memory: $3,999.

The press release is after the break.

aaron's picture

Password problems :-(


Seems we have some password migration issues. And worse, the password reset emails are getting rejected as spam. Web hosting is so much fun.

I'm working on it. In the meantime, you can try to reach me at aaron -- at -- tekserve -- dot -- com.

Update: It appears that passwords didn't quite migrate as hoped. So you should instead use the Password Reset feature to set your password. Check your junk mail for the email...

aaron's picture

Welcome to the NEW and IMPROVED Xsanity


Your eyes do not deceive you. Welcome to the NEW and IMPROVED Xsanity. We have a new platform, a new server, and plans for way more. Your logins should still work and all eight years of forum contact has been migrated (I think). Those front page stories from Geeklog haven't made the trip yet. It may take a more few weeks before that happens.

And we launched before the Mac Pro did. ;-)

And I have two people to thank.

One: Joel Samuel of /32 Consulting has provided the server and hosting. Little known fact: we'd been running on an Xserve G4 since our launch over eight years ago. Now, we're on some *cloud* server with a control panel and stuff. Not only is it fast, it actually will work. Now that's an improvement.

Two, and most importantly, Trevor "abstractrude" Carlson of Thumbwar — but better known as "that guy who knows more about Xsan than God" — was the number one proponent of modernizing Xsanity. Without his encouragement, we'd be still getting there, someday...

Xsan versions included with, or required by, OS X (Apple KB)

Learn which versions of Xsan are compatible with OS X.

Read more: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1862

maximumjack's picture

Reconfiguring Xsan question

Hey Xsanitians,

I’m looking for some advice on reconfiguring our Xsan storage setup.
We currently have a Vtrak E class with 16 2TB drives and another VTrak E class with 16 1TB drives with an attached J Class with 16 1TB drives.
We are looking to configure these to serve up a single Xsan volume that will be used for almost exclusively HD video content (students will be using Final Cut Pro X).
When configuring a new volume for HD video with Xsan admin it is recommended to use LUNs in multiples of 4 (in fact if you don’t then the Xsan configuration ‘wizard’ tells you that “For best performance, use multiples of 4 LUNs in each affinity that it used for data”)
Looking through the documentation ([url]http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1200/url) I don’t see a way to configure the available VTraks to have a number of LUNs that is a multiple of 4. Should I just go with [url]http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1160/url) for the 16 2TB Vtrak and [url]http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1163/url for the second VTrak and it’s expansion chassis?
Any advice would be greatly appreciated as it is not often I get to work on Xsan configurations and I’m definitely feeling a bit rusty!!



bas13's picture

File disappear and cvfsck clean real folders

Sorry for my bad english!!

Here's my question!

it's not the first time i encounter this error.

After one month of work something goes wrong and the XSAN Volume let disappear files created and copied inside

after this strange situation i'm trying to copy files from the XSAN to another backup disk but during copy finder start hangs so i need to restart the mdc and mdc backup server

Stopping Volume making a sudo cvfsck -j command and fsck -nv to check the integrity and finding some issue about metadata journal i use cvfsck -wv to repair xsan and i saw disappear from my volume a big list of files and data about 2TB

after repair appears a list of files and folders

with FOUND.0x……..

After this commad my Open Directory master stop working

do you know how i can recover lost files?

and fix this error

I have an iscsi Volume created with ATTO Xtend San latest version Server 10.8.5


dmastroluca's picture

XSAN re-install on a Mavericks client.

I know XSAN is now part of the OS, but I really bunged up the config files of one of my XSAN clients running Mavericks. I used to be able to uninstall XSAN and reinstall and add the client back in. Can't do that now. I think I know the answer to this (re-install the OS) but how can I re-install just XSAN?

arls1481's picture

QLogic SanBox 9100 question


I've got a Sanbox 9100 with (5) SB9004 - 4/2/1G blades in it and have run out of ports. I'm having a hard time sourcing out 4/2/1G blades but can come up with 8/4/2G SB9008 blades pretty easily. Anyone know if its kosher to pop those newer blades in to the 9100? I'm assuming it will work fine and that any ports I connect that have 8G at both ends will utilize it and it downscales otherwise???

bartbroek's picture

Looking for second hand Active Raid storage


I'm looking for a ActiveRaid main chassis (with or without drives) or expansions chassis to replace an Expansion chassis that is giving me trouble. I'm also looking for some spare Active raid controllers.

We are a post-production company based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Thanks in advance for any suggestions!


messenger82's picture

Question about unsupported volume resizing

This something wholly unsupported but we're playing around with it anyway for experimental reason. If anyone has a thoughts I would love to hear it.

We have a lab / sand box system using commodity storage. Specifically it's a FreeNAS server. We are using it as an iSCSI target and have setup a series of zvols as device extents. On the client side we have Mac pro's, we use one physical port for the iSCSI network, the other port is virutalized with a connection to our public network and metadata network. We are using globalsan client side to connect to the iSCSI storage. We labeled the LUNs, XSAN let us use them to create a SAN.

So my question, one of the things were playing with is resizing volumes and adjusting storage on the fly (or at least with a restart). So lets say I re-size my zvols on my iSCSI side (which I did) which should create a larger volume on the XSAN side, but it doesn't. The volume stays the same size. So how would I tell XSAN that my LUNs (and subsequently my volume) should be larger?

Yes, this is like crossing the streams with our proton packs. It's just a fun thought experiment about using low cost hardware to take advantage of FCPX's SAN Location benefits in low cost labs.


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