Author Archives: Randy

Simple Monitoring with Email Alerts that works on LSI MegaRAID and Adaptec

This tool will poll the output of command(s) or URL(s), and send email alerts if the output changes, contains (or not contains) certain text, or becomes unavailable. It’s a light weight, reliable monitoring replacement for the pile of garbage most RAID vendors include with their cards. Complex excludes and finds can be specified as Perl […]

XenServer multipath configuration for LIO targets

XenServer multipath.conf with special support for LIO-based iSCSI targets to maximize multipath performance and ensures 100% stability. path_grouping_policy setting doesn’t seem to matter (between group_by_prio and multibus) in most basic setups. Invalid lines (as reported by XenServer 6.1) have also been removed. Specifically: device { vendor “LIO-ORG” product “*” path_grouping_policy group_by_prio path_checker tur getuid_callout […]

X9SCM / X9SCL Network Timeout

Supermicro X9SCM and X9SCL main boards will lose network connection after some heavy traffic, especially on RHEL/CentOS 6. Updating BIOS and driver will not always fix this: Oct 19 18:32:49 zeus kernel: ————[ cut here ]———— Oct 19 18:32:49 zeus kernel: WARNING: at net/sched/sch_generic.c:267 dev_watchdog+0x26d/0x280() (Not tainted) Oct 19 18:32:49 zeus kernel: Hardware name: X9SCL/X9SCM […]

Kickstart 4-disk RAID10 Recipe

Here’s a nice recipe for a RAID10 array comprised of 4x SSD disks. Tested to work on CentOS 6 (RHEL 6). Be sure to add the discard option in fstab for Trim support. zerombr yes bootloader –location=partition –driveorder=sda,sdb,sdc,sdd clearpart –all –initlabel –drives=sda,sdb,sdc,sdd part raid.100000 –size=250 –ondisk=sda part raid.100001 –size=250 –ondisk=sdb part raid.100002 –size=250 –ondisk=sdc part […]