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  • ready to use and comfortable ZFS storage appliance for iSCSI/FC, NFS and SMB
  • Active Directory support with Snaps as Previous Version
  • user friendly Web-GUI that includes all functions for a sophisticated NAS or SAN appliance.
  • commercial use allowed
  • no capacity limit
  • free download for End-User

Community add-ons like AFP, AMP, Baikal, Proftp, Mediatomb, Owncloud, PHPVirtualbox, Pydio or Serviio.


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  • increased GUI performance/ background agents
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  • extensions like comfortable ACL handling, disk and realtime monitoring or remote replication
  • appliance diskmap, security and tuning (Pro complete)
  • Redistribution/Bundling/setup on customers demand optional
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Details: Featuresheet.pdf

napp-it-zfs

Hardware

Small NAS only HomeServer (without the option of ESXi virtualization or Multi-OS all-in-one, avoid when possible)

Minimum

   Mainboard with 2GB RAM see OI HCL
   Bootdrive min 32GB (best SSD, avoid consuler USB-Stick - too slow for an full featured Enterprise OS)

   If you like onboard ports for your boot OS, one or two Sata DOMs for a boot mirror are a good solution

   see http://www.supermicro.com/products/nfo/SATADOM.cfm  If you want to clone disks or Sata DOMs, you can use freeware tools
like CloneZilla that can clone from disk to disk or from/to NFS/SMB.

   one or more data drives. i suggest at least 2 drives to build a mirror


ready to use

  Hp Proliant N36/N40/N54 Micro Server
  4 HD Bays + 5,25" Slot for DVD oder 4 x 2,5" drives
  max 8G ECC Ram
  pci-e x16 und x1 slots

-MINUS of MicroServer
  Hardware Virtualisation, pci-passthrough (needed for multi OS - All-In-One homeserver) not available/possible


My suggestion: use server-class-hardware  (prepared for Multi OS/ all-in-one with integrated NAS/SAN)
add the premium for Multi-OS/virtualization and KVM remote management support

Mainboard with vti-d support
CPU with vtd-d support (best Xeon)
vgl/ see: http://wiki.xensource.com/xenwiki/VTdHowTo

- Min 4 GB ecc-ram - board should support > = 16GB (you should prefer ECC memory in any server)
- known to work with Solaris and ESXi


Low-Power or SOHO Server (my best to use suggestion)

Supermicro X10SL7-F with included SAS 2308 HBA (reflash to IT mode), you may need a regular Intel Nic

or
SuperMicro Boards Serie X9...-F with 202, 3420 or 5520 Server Chipset (about 150-190 Euro in Germany)
They are best not only for Solaris but also for virtualisation with ESXi and vt-d (multi OS all-in-one), support max 32 GB ECC,
and have 6 x Sata and 3-4 fast pci-e slots for expansions like HBA Adapter or 10 GBe Nics.

best is SuperMicro X9SCL+ -F due to its two Intel Nics, both supported under ESXi and KVM remote management onboard.
add 4-16 GB ECC RAM according to performance needs,
add a Xeon like the 2C/4T Model 1220L with 20 Watt (v.2=17 watt) max Power consumption under full load (180 Euro)
* You need Bios version 2.0 or above to support v2 Xeons, use v2 when available

For all-in-one and heavy VM-use: use a 4 Cores Xeon e3-1220/1230 V2 (69 Watt max power consumption).
Otherwise more RAM is mostly better than a faster CPU,

about new v.2 Xeons (look for those without integrated graphics for above boards):
http://www.cpu-world.com/news 2012/2012020701 Prices of Xeon E3-1200 v2 CPUs.html
http://www.engadget.com/2012/05/15/intel-launches-new-ivy-bridge-xeons-targets-microservers/


High-end/ Xeon options for Enterprise use
A reference setup:  http://www.supermicro.com/products/system/2U/2028/SSG-2028R-ACR24L.cfm
Add PCI-e NVMe's as ZIL or L2Arc like Intel P750 or better

Boot-Mirror
You can use a mirrored identical ZFS boot-disk-mirror - set the second disk as second boot option in mainboard Bios
(napp-it menu disk - mirror rpool)

SAS/Sata Controller

Best are LSI HBA controller in IT-mode (non-raid, 2TB+, use with expander)
http://www.lsi.com/products/storagecomponents/Pages/HBAs.aspx

-  LSI 9207, newest pci_e 3.0 technology, already flashed with the correct IT mode firmware

-  LSI 3008 (newer 12G SAS)

older ones:
 - LSI 9211-8i (or other LSI HBA with LSI 2008 chipsatz, flash with IT mode firmware)
 - SuperMicro AOC-USAS2-L8e (cheap, wrong side mounted, needs bracket modifications)
 - IBM 1015 (cheap used ones from Ebay, flash to IT mode and it is fully supported)


Cheap Sata controller needed for ESXi boot and All-in-one at home with ESXi5
You can use a PCI Sata Controller with SIL 3512 chipset, boot ESXi from it and pass-through onboard Sata
http://www.digitus.info/linux/produkte/zubehoer/interface-karten/pc-interface-karten/sata-ide/sata-150-raid-pci-karte-2-port-ds-33101/


Expander (24 or 36 Port)

Use  the newer LSI SAS2 based ones like
Intel RES2SV240 (24 port- 20 disks) or similar from Chenbro like CK23601 (36 port)
Mostly it is faster, often cheaper and more trouble free to use enough HBA controllers and avoid expanders

there are some problems reported with Expanders and Sata disks.
If possible, use SAS disks or avoid Expanders and use several SAS 8Port or 16 Port HBA Controller


Network

Use Intel 1 GB, prefer 10 GB Nics (It is time to switch to 10GBe)

Entry level, look at:
Intel X540-T1 (10 GBe Nic TP, about 300 Euro)
Netgear XS 708E ( http://www.netgear.com/landing/10gigabit/ , about 700 Euro )


Chassis

My current storage chassis
3,5" 3 U Chassis, 16 x 3,5"
SuperMicro SC836A-R1200B

2,5" 2U Chassis 16 x 2,5" SAS/Sata + 2 x 5,25 Bays
SuperMicro SC213A-R900LPB

2,5 " 2 U Chassis: 24 x 2,5" SAS/Sata with included LSI SAS2 Expander
SuperMicro SC216E26-R1200LPB
http://www.supermicro.nl/products/chassis/2U/216/SC216E26-R1200LP.cfm

use a LSI SAS2 HBA like LSI 9211i, connect one SAS cable to the included expander
and one to an external bracket for expansion/ second expander (SuperMicro CBL-0167L, CBL-0168L)

Best are 19" Hotplug cases, either the professional ones from SuperMicro or Chenbro
or the cheaper ones from Norco like the RPC -4224 with 24 Hotplug bays and SFF-8087 mini SAS connectors.


Large and cheap single case storage servers without Expanders
(up to about 160TB with 4 TB disks and 3 x
LSI SAS 9201-16i HBA)

36 slot case http://www.supermicro.com/products/chassis/4u/847/sc847a-r1400lp.cfm
50 slot case http://usa.chenbro.com/corporatesite/products_cat.php?pos=24

Disks:
With Expander, prefer SAS disks otherwise 24/7 Sata disks are ok. I prefer HGST/ Hitachis
read http://blog.backblaze.com/2014/01/21/what-hard-drive-should-i-buy/


In general

Solaris works with a lot of mainbaords, Most problems are with some nics (Realtek) and disk controller.
A good source for more information: http://forums.servethehome.com/forumdisplay.php?4-Server-Hardware


napp-it 31.03.2017