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Monday, January 25 2010 @ 06:27 AM EST
Active Storages Releases Monitoring Application for iPhone
Active Storage has released their long-awaited iPhone app. The app allows you to monitor (not change) the status of their line of RAID systems. Features include:
Too bad you can't make the lights blink. The free app is available from the App Store, of course. Be the first to review it!
Wednesday, January 20 2010 @ 11:26 AM EST
Quantum Releases StorNext 4.0
Quantum has released StorNext 4.0, highlighting the following new features:
While Xsan shares much of its DNA with StorNext and can be used to make Macs into StorNext clients, many of the existing features in StorNext like the ability to manage tiered storage with Xsan metadata controllers or the Distributed LAN Client (which essentially delivers the SAN via ethernet alone) are absent from and unsupported for Xsan clients. However, the features that are particular to a StorNext metadata controller or Storage Manager environment can often be leveraged in StorNext environments that include Xsan clients. Apple tends to lag Quantum in issuing compatibility guidelines for Xsan and StorNext, so stay tuned and respect your version dependencies.
Friday, December 18 2009 @ 06:21 AM EST
Xsan 2.2.1 is now available
Apple has released Xsan 2.2.1, fixing several bugs in Xsan 2.2. The update is available through Software Update, or as separate installers for Mac OS X 10.6 and Mac OS X 10.5. An updated uninstaller is also available.
This update works only on existing installs of Xsan 2.2. As always, make sure your metadata controllers have OS and Xsan versions at least as great as all your clients. (This is sometimes difficult to control when updates arrive over Software Update. Be sure to manage your clients!) In addition, Apple warns that no Xsan settings should be changed during installation.
Monday, November 09 2009 @ 10:52 PM EST
Snow Leopard 10.6.2 Updates, Leopard 10.5.8 Security Updates
Late Monday afternoon Apple released updates to Snow Leopard and Snow Leopard Server, and a security update to Leopard 10.5.8. Below are links to Knowledge Base (KB) articles listing details on each update.
Monday, September 14 2009 @ 08:18 PM EDT
Xsan 2.2 is now available
It needed a bit of extra time on the oven, but Xsan 2.2 is now available for download. You can find it in several flavors:
Or you can just use Software Update. (I can't remember a release of the full installer like this before. It is certainly a nice touch.)
Make sure you update your metadata controllers before updating clients. To be safe, make a backup of your MDC's /Library/Filesystems/Xsan/Config folder. And don't go enabling extended attributes until everyone is running Xsan 2.2.
[Update: Please note the interesting experiences in the comments below.]
Monday, September 14 2009 @ 02:08 PM EDT
Xsan 2.2 Knowledge Base Articles
Although I can't find the download anywhere, Apple has posted several KB articles on Xsan 2.2. I guess they want us to be good and ready for the release.
They also updated a few older articles...
Thursday, August 27 2009 @ 10:09 PM EDT
Xsan 2.1.1 is not compatible with Mac OS X v10.6 or Mac OS X Server v10.6
Apple has posted a knowledge base article about an incompatibility between Xsan 2.1.1 and OS X 10.6:
Tuesday, August 25 2009 @ 03:39 PM EDT
Xsan 2.2 brings Snow Leopard, 64-bit compatibility
Apple quietly announced Xsan 2.2 yesterday. Although not yet shipping, we do have some information to bring you.
First, the bad news. Xsan 2.2 is Intel-only. It will not run on PowerPC hardware. This implies that your metadata controllers need to be Intel.
Also, support for 1.x clients has been dropped when connecting to a metadata controller running 2.2. Time to shell out the upgrade money! To be clear, clients can be either PPC (running 2.1.1) or Intel (running 2.1.1 or — better — 2.2).
Now the good news: Xsan 2.2 supports Mac OS X
Now a friendly reminder: Keep your upgrades under control. No Xsan client should have a greater version of the OS or Xsan than the MDCs. You may want to restrict the ability for your clients to perform software updates until you have updated your MDCs.
Expect Xsan 2.2 to be released shortly. Keep looking here for the latest info.
Tuesday, July 14 2009 @ 09:19 PM EDT
Apple provides loaded pistol; you provide the foot.
Apple has posted a new shell script in the Knowledge Base to automatically reboot your old Metadata Controller in the event of an MDC failover. It uses Lights Out Management (known to the rest of the world as IPMI) to reboot even if you have total software failure. It seems like a carefully written script.
It also seems like a script that could turn small problems into seriously large problems. Please engage brain before using.
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