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Boston Linux and Unix InstallFest XXXII Saturday February 28, 2009

i am using iSCSI with SATA drives, raid1 for OS and raid 5 for storage . i just read about openfiler i am going to try it to night. 

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Jerry Natowitz" <j.natowitz-KealBaEQdz4 at> 
To: "BLU Discussion List" <discuss-mNDKBlG2WHs at> 
Sent: Monday, February 23, 2009 3:40:24 PM GMT -05:00 US/Canada Eastern 
Subject: Re: Boston Linux and Unix InstallFest XXXII Saturday February 28, 2009 

I will not be at the InstallFest, but I may be able to help you. 
Sometimes SAN (Storage Area Network) and NAS (Network Attached Storage) 
are confused. On a simple level, if you are using Fibre-channel or 
iSCSI, you are indeed building a SAN. On the other hand, if you are 
using ethernet, but not iSCSI, you are building a NAS. 

Building a NAS should be fairly easy using any standard distribution. 

Building a SAN, on the other hand, is more involved. A quick google of 
Linux SAN showed some articles that were really about NAS, and some that 
were about iSCSI. My take is that using iSCSI over 1 or 10 gigabit 
ethernet, and using SATA or SAS disks (depending on budget) would be the 
way to go. 

Jerry Feldman wrote: 
> On 02/23/2009 11:51 AM, Jean-Luc Momplaisir wrote: 
>> I am kind of new to Linux, I am trying to build a SAN using OpenSuSe 
>> 11.1 I need help to do it. Does anyone know on Saturday (Linux and Unix 
>> InstallFest XXXII Saturday February 28, 2009) someone will be able to 
>> help me? 
> I think it would be better if you were to post some details on what you 
> want to do. SANs have been around a long time, but are dependent on what 
> fibre-channel card you have. Personally, I am not the right person, but 
> I'm sure that John Abreau has experience as well as some other 
> volunteers that we have. All of our volunteers have quite a bit of 
> general Linux experience, but what it appears you need is the experience 
> of a system admin who works specifically with SANs. Both Red Hat and 
> Fedora essentially use the same drivers and kernels, but different sys 
> admin tools as well as the how you want to set the system up. 
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Jerry Natowitz 
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