Lion and Mavericks

vhannon's picture

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)

Thanks.

V

abstractrude's picture

how big is your SAN? The solution is to get MacMini contollers. I have done a few hacks to get non supported Macs to support Mavericks. You need to run chamelon/hackintosh boot loader to emulate 64-bit EFI. Additionally on an old intel xserve, you will need to upgrade the video card. I would replace your controllers with Minis, they are cheap and super reliable. 

-Trevor Carlson
THUMBWAR

vhannon's picture

Interesting solution.  Wouldn't there be a little bit of a performance hit?  Our SAN is 10TB.  I'll definitely put your idea on the list though, thanks!

 

V

 

abstractrude's picture

I would actually think there would be a small performance increase, the i7 single thread performance in your mini is better than your old Xserve.

-Trevor Carlson
THUMBWAR

mrk4's picture

Thumbs up to mac-minis and ATTO thunderlinks.

I wouldnt have believed they are as much of an improvement over the Xserve as they are - but they are!

Our mac-mini mdc'ed XSAN is currently 360TB and growing...

abstractrude's picture

Yeah, if you think about it the mini is actually a great MDC. It has a simple,reliable design and good single thread performance. With two running together, they have redundant power. 

-Trevor Carlson
THUMBWAR

Sam Edwards's picture

I have two minis as MDC's with Sanlinks and all is well for over a year.

Operate a small xSan in a road case.

heyatoms's picture

Have two mdc running, went the mac mini route w/ SSD drives.  To keep the clutter down went with with this enclosure (has slots for pci cards!) http://www.sonnettech.com/product/xmacminiserver.html