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Active Storage Re-Opens Under New Management

Active Storage seems to be back. This post was found on their support forums:


Active Storage is back in business under new management. We are happy to announce that we honor warranties for installed ActiveRAID, mRAID and mVault products. We offer three-year system warranty starting from the invoice date and one-year warranty for batteries. For products with expired warranties we offer extended warranty service as well. We have large inventory of spare parts and new systems. We are excited to serve your requirement for system expansions and new installations.  

Active Storage, Inc. closed down in January 2013 and was re-opened in October 2013 as Active Storage, LLC. Please visit us at www.active-storage.com to learn more about our products, services, and technical support. 

Happy holidays!

Interesting to say the least.

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ATTO HBA LUN ISSUE - AGAIN, this time with 10.9??? RESOLVED!


I used to have issues with ATTO 41/42ES HBAs seeing all the LUNs on our XSAN system (Qlogic 5600/Infortrend RAIDS). Replacing the problem client PCI card with an Apple 4Gb card eliminated the problem.

Since updating the XSAN to Lion 10.7.4/10.7.5, and using the latest available ATTO drivers/flash files for the 41/42ES - the problems 'had' disappeared.

Unfortunately, while rumming some pre-upgrade tests using a metadata controller on Mavericks 10.9.1, it appears the problem has reoccured. Its a real issue now as I have many connected clients running the ATTO cards, and updating the MDC OS may or may not make them stop seeing the various XSAN volumes.

I've tried flashing the ATTO firmware etc, but a test client machine I have here happily running on an ATTO 41ES and Lion 10.7.5 to our existing 10.7 MDC, when connected to the test 10.9 XSAN will not see some LUNS on either 10.7 or 10.9. Swap the HBA for an Apple, and hey presto - there they are. Grrrr!

Has anyone come across this issue - or better still got a fix (that does not involve buying Apple cards!) ?



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Open Directory Replica on a MDC - Incorrect Search Policy


Im having an issue I hope someone can enlighten me on. 

I have an xsan environment with 2 metadata controllers. MDC1 is just a the master controller. MDC 2 is also a AFP re-share and is an open directory master. 

All clients and MDC’s are bound to MDC2 open directory master. 

When MDC2 needs to be rebooted all clients loose ACL’s to the xsan because the OD is offline. 

I made the MDC1 an open directory replica and that functions as expected. Unfortunately now in xsan admin MDC1 now says “Incorrect Search Policy”  because it is now bond to itself and not MDC2. 

How can I have both? Can a MDC not be a OD Replica?

vhannon's picture

Lion and Mavericks

I made a snap decision to upgrade a workstaion to 10.9 completely forgetting that XSAN would be unhappy as our MDC is on 10.7.  

Has anyone done either of the following?

Install an older version of the XSAN client on 10.9?  or

Forced an upgrade to 10.9 on an Xserve that isn't supported?

Any other creativesolutions for getting around this predicament would be great.  (I could roll the workstation back to 10.7 but I'm saving that as the worst case scenario)



aaron's picture

Mac Pro Unboxing Video from 9to5mac.com

xsanguy's picture

Mavericks OD Replica problems on upgrade

Upgrading ML Xsan MDCs to Mavericks - same issue on every system we build in the lab and several clients - OpenDirectory Replica does not survive. Attempts to re-create the OD replica fail with this message:

2013-12-23 07:58:15 +0000 NSMutableDictionary *_getRootDSE(const char *): rootDSE not found
2013-12-23 07:58:15 +0000 Error: Unable to determine the master's software version.

And yes I've tried the SSH fixes. They don't seem to do anything.

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Mac Pro 2013 Processor Upgrade Confirmed by OWC

Confirmation came from OWC today, you can indeed swap processors with the new Mac Pro. This is huge once these prices start falling down the road. They used an Intel E5–2667, this is interesting as upgrade options will be very interesting when these chips prices drop in a few years.

abstractrude's picture

ProRes White Paper Updated

Apple has updated their ProRes white paper with information on bandwidth for 4K and 5K video streams. You find the whitepaper here.

abstractrude's picture

Mac Pro 2013 Article Roundup

The new Mac Pro has already seen a ton of reviews and information. Here is a collection of a few great links.

Probably the best technical review from AnandTech. For a less geeky review, there is a good general review from Macworld, which helps explain why the 8 core chip is probably the best bet for most users. If you want to dive deeper into the different CPU configuration options and what they mean, check out this post from iOS Dev Marco Arment. Understanding the Turbo feature on these new chips is really important. There have been some reviews critical of the new machine, Dave Girard at Arstechnica has some interesting points.

Finally, for those of you interested in future upgrade/exapandibility of the Mac Pro. Check out this great teardown from iFixIt.

aaron's picture

Migrate Metadata From Xsan to StorNext

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



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