Archive for December, 2010

iPhone and iPod Touch NAS Integration with NetPortal by Stratospherix

Regular readers of this site may have read my recent article on an Apple iPad app called FileBrowser which allows a user to connect to a NAS an retrieve files, stream music and video, and etc. After that piece, Stratospherix of...


Kingston KVR1333D3E9SK2/4G 4GB (2x2GB) ECC Unbuffered UDIMM Kit Changes

Regular readers of my site know that I am a fan of the Kingston KVR1333D3E9SK2/4G 4GB (2x2GB) ECC Unbuffered DIMM kit. It works in Intel 3400 chipset motherboards that are picky about memory. Two major changes have been happeni...



IBM ServeRAID BR10i LSI SAS3082E-R PCI-Express SAS RAID Controller

A lot of users on this site, and of Windows Home Server, FreeNAS and OpenSolaris look for compatible RAID controllers that are both supported and inexpensive. For these users, both the older SAS 3.0 and SATA II LSI 1068e chipet...


Entry DIY Storage Server Buyer’s Guide, December 2010

A lot of comments have been logged asking for an entry/ low-end storage DIY guide. The purpose of this guide is to provide a solution for a system with 2-6 drives which is more robust than a simple 1-2 drive NAS system sold by ...



Configure Passthrough-VMDirectPath in VMWare ESXi for RAID Cards, HBAs, and USB Drives

Oftentimes people talk about passing a RAID controller/ HBA/ USB drive through to a guest OS in VMware ESXi (this guide is based on 4.1 and works for ESX too) using VMDirectPath I/O or disk through disk in Microsoft Hyper-V. Th...


Mid-range DIY Storage Server Buyer’s Guide, December 2010

Having recently published the high-end home/ small business December 2010 buyer’s guide, I received a lot of feedback requesting items for the mid and low-end guides. The mid-range I define as a minimum of six drives in the s...



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NAS and iPad Integration – Storing Files on Network Attached Storage for Remote iPad Use

Recently I decided I wanted to reach documents and media stored on my WHS and NexentaStor-ZFS based NASes from my Apple iPad. I have flown about 100,000 miles this year so I am oftentimes far from my NAS. While WHS would provid...


High-End DIY Storage Server Buyer’s Guide, December 2010

A constant question I am asked is what is a good NAS build for various usage scenarios. Based largely on my experiences with things like The Big WHS and reviewing other components for this site, I have put together two power-us...



G.Skill Phoenix Pro Review 60GB Sandforce SSD

Today I am taking a look at the G.Skill Phoenix Pro 60GB Sandforce SFF-1222 based SSD. Two things that should be clarified at the outset are that the G.Skill Phoenix Pro 60GB and the ADATA S599 64GB both have the same formatted...


LSI 9211-8i SAS 2008 8x SSD in RAID 0 Bug and Workaround Found

I have been doing a bit of testing recently with the LSI SAS 2008 based controllers such as the 9211-8i in RAID 0 with various SSDs. Recently I took eight 64GB ADATA S599 Sandforce based SSDs and placed them in RAID 0 on the LS...