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  • 01/13/14--07:25: split brain
  • split brain
    posted by Greg Whynott on Jan. 13, 2014, 10:25 a.m.
    thought this was a bit funny. came in this morning and it appeared as if my desktop crashed at 2 different times.
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    thought this was a bit funny. came in this morning and it appeared as if my desktop crashed at 2 different times.
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    Understanding the Robustness of SSDs under Power Fault
    posted by Julian Firminger on Jan. 13, 2014, 10:35 a.m.
    Great article, pity we dont know the vendors. Especially SSD#5 and #14!

    Julian Firminger

    Head of Systems (SASA). VidiGo BV

    Sysadmin, Post Production Workflow Architect, Avid Video Editor, Colorist

    Amsterdam, The Netherlands



    On Sun, Jan 12, 2014 at 11:07 PM, Jathavan Sriram <sriram@harvest-postproduction.com> wrote:
    This paper (2013) is a good read for everyone using (Enterprise) SSDs in their facilities.
    https://www.usenix.org/system/files/conference/fast13/fast13-final80.pdf

    Summary of the findings:
    http://www.zdnet.com/how-ssd-power-faults-scramble-your-data-7000011979/

    We use Intel SSDs in different Raid configurations for our StorNext Metadata - haven't
    experienced these problems so far - even with 2 major power outages last year (graceful shutdown was possible while UPS kicked in)

    Anyone having weird SSDs issues, maybe data loss after power faults?

    Cheers
    Jatha

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    HARVEST /
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    Alter Wandrahm 8-9
    20457 Hamburg
    Phone: +49 (0)40.411 880-518
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    www.harvest-postproduction.com


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    Great article, pity we dont know the vendors. Especially SSD#5 and #14!

    Julian Firminger

    Head of Systems (SASA). VidiGo BV

    Sysadmin, Post Production Workflow Architect, Avid Video Editor, Colorist

    Amsterdam, The Netherlands



    On Sun, Jan 12, 2014 at 11:07 PM, Jathavan Sriram <sriram@harvest-postproduction.com> wrote:
    This paper (2013) is a good read for everyone using (Enterprise) SSDs in their facilities.
    https://www.usenix.org/system/files/conference/fast13/fast13-final80.pdf

    Summary of the findings:
    http://www.zdnet.com/how-ssd-power-faults-scramble-your-data-7000011979/

    We use Intel SSDs in different Raid configurations for our StorNext Metadata - haven't
    experienced these problems so far - even with 2 major power outages last year (graceful shutdown was possible while UPS kicked in)

    Anyone having weird SSDs issues, maybe data loss after power faults?

    Cheers
    Jatha

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    H A R V E S T / DIGITAL AGRICULTURE GMBH LOGO
    ///////////////////////////
    ///////////////////////////
    ////////////////////
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    HARVEST /
    DIGITAL AGRICULTURE GMBH

    Alter Wandrahm 8-9
    20457 Hamburg
    Phone: +49 (0)40.411 880-518
    sriram@harvest-postproduction.com
    www.harvest-postproduction.com


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    Trade register: Harvest Digital Agriculture GmbH, HRB 121482


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  • 01/13/14--08:20: Rack Studs
  • Rack Studs
    posted by Ben Roeder on Jan. 13, 2014, 11:20 a.m.
    These are really neat. http://rackstuds.com/ No more bleeding fingers, removed finger nails etc I had my first bag arrive and they work just like they say. Ben Roeder ben.roeder@sohonet.com -- ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Sohonet Ltd web : http://www.sohonet.com/ The Surest Path support : support@sohonet.com 24x7 : +44 20 7292 6909 +1 310 449 8610 +61 1800 77 5280 +64 9 951 8126 For full details of Sohonet's registered offices/addresses please visit http://www.sohonet.com/contact-us/ ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- To unsubscribe from the list send a blank e-mail to mailto:studiosysadmins-discuss-request@studiosysadmins.com?subject=unsubscribe
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    These are really neat. http://rackstuds.com/ No more bleeding fingers, removed finger nails etc I had my first bag arrive and they work just like they say. Ben Roeder ben.roeder@sohonet.com -- ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Sohonet Ltd web : http://www.sohonet.com/ The Surest Path support : support@sohonet.com 24x7 : +44 20 7292 6909 +1 310 449 8610 +61 1800 77 5280 +64 9 951 8126 For full details of Sohonet's registered offices/addresses please visit http://www.sohonet.com/contact-us/ ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- To unsubscribe from the list send a blank e-mail to mailto:studiosysadmins-discuss-request@studiosysadmins.com?subject=unsubscribe

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  • 01/13/14--08:35: FFmpeg and a thousand fixes
  • FFmpeg and a thousand fixes
    posted by Ben Roeder on Jan. 13, 2014, 11:35 a.m.
    Not sure how many of you use ffmpeg in production, I know I have. see http://googleonlinesecurity.blogspot.co.uk/2014/01/ffmpeg-and-thousand-fixes.html I always thought that it was not very good at sanity checking its inputs. That said quicktime is not much better. Now they just need to fix the colour space issues :-) Ben Roeder ben.roeder@sohonet.com -- ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Sohonet Ltd web : http://www.sohonet.com/ The Surest Path support : support@sohonet.com 24x7 : +44 20 7292 6909 +1 310 449 8610 +61 1800 77 5280 +64 9 951 8126 For full details of Sohonet's registered offices/addresses please visit http://www.sohonet.com/contact-us/ ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- To unsubscribe from the list send a blank e-mail to mailto:studiosysadmins-discuss-request@studiosysadmins.com?subject=unsubscribe
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    Not sure how many of you use ffmpeg in production, I know I have. see http://googleonlinesecurity.blogspot.co.uk/2014/01/ffmpeg-and-thousand-fixes.html I always thought that it was not very good at sanity checking its inputs. That said quicktime is not much better. Now they just need to fix the colour space issues :-) Ben Roeder ben.roeder@sohonet.com -- ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Sohonet Ltd web : http://www.sohonet.com/ The Surest Path support : support@sohonet.com 24x7 : +44 20 7292 6909 +1 310 449 8610 +61 1800 77 5280 +64 9 951 8126 For full details of Sohonet's registered offices/addresses please visit http://www.sohonet.com/contact-us/ ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- To unsubscribe from the list send a blank e-mail to mailto:studiosysadmins-discuss-request@studiosysadmins.com?subject=unsubscribe

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  • 01/13/14--11:05: CentOS now part of Red Hat?
  • CentOS now part of Red Hat?
    posted by Ken Spickler on Jan. 13, 2014, 2:05 p.m.
    "we are joining the Red Hat family."

    <checks calendar. Nope. Not April 1st.>

    Am I the only one who's a bit bothered by this announcement? Does this mean we can soon look forward to paying a subscription to get security updates?
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    "we are joining the Red Hat family."

    <checks calendar. Nope. Not April 1st.>

    Am I the only one who's a bit bothered by this announcement? Does this mean we can soon look forward to paying a subscription to get security updates?

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    2.5" Caddy for Supermicro JBOD
    posted by Mathew Power on Jan. 13, 2014, 2:05 p.m.
    Hi,

    Does anyone in London have a 2.5" drive caddy for a Supermicro JBOD which I can buy/borrow/steal for tomorrow?

    Something like this?


    Everywhere seems to be out of stock at the moment and I need it urgently.

    If anyone does it would be greatly appreciated!

    Cheers,
    Mat
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    Hi,

    Does anyone in London have a 2.5" drive caddy for a Supermicro JBOD which I can buy/borrow/steal for tomorrow?

    Something like this?


    Everywhere seems to be out of stock at the moment and I need it urgently.

    If anyone does it would be greatly appreciated!

    Cheers,
    Mat

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    Parser for Autodesk .pit licensing files?
    posted by Jean-Francois Panisset on Jan. 13, 2014, 2:50 p.m.
    Autodesk license is completely over the top over-complicated, they need to delete all the code and start from scratch. Of course that will never happen.

    Now that I have gotten this off my chest: has someone ever run across code to parse, or even better to generate Autodesk .pit files? These files record your serial numbers and product codes, and unfortunately it seems that the only way to generate a comprehensive .pit file is to uninstall and reinstall all your products on the same machine, which could eat up a whole day.

    Why can't Autodesk just send me a pre-generated .pit file with all my licenses and product codes already baked in? That would be a real value add...

    JF

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    Autodesk license is completely over the top over-complicated, they need to delete all the code and start from scratch. Of course that will never happen.

    Now that I have gotten this off my chest: has someone ever run across code to parse, or even better to generate Autodesk .pit files? These files record your serial numbers and product codes, and unfortunately it seems that the only way to generate a comprehensive .pit file is to uninstall and reinstall all your products on the same machine, which could eat up a whole day.

    Why can't Autodesk just send me a pre-generated .pit file with all my licenses and product codes already baked in? That would be a real value add...

    JF


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    Wacom control panel and Centos 6
    posted by Brian Krusic on Jan. 14, 2014, 2:55 p.m.
    Hi, Any one mind giving so e guidance on Wacom control panel with Centos 6? I had it working in 5 but unsure were to begin in 6. The Wacom does work with hot plug w/o needing Wacom proxy which is cool. But I would like to remap buttons etc.., Thanks in advance, - Brian Sent from my stupid POS iPhone on the craptaculous AT&T network. To unsubscribe from the list send a blank e-mail to mailto:studiosysadmins-discuss-request@studiosysadmins.com?subject=unsubscribe
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    Hi, Any one mind giving so e guidance on Wacom control panel with Centos 6? I had it working in 5 but unsure were to begin in 6. The Wacom does work with hot plug w/o needing Wacom proxy which is cool. But I would like to remap buttons etc.., Thanks in advance, - Brian Sent from my stupid POS iPhone on the craptaculous AT&T network. To unsubscribe from the list send a blank e-mail to mailto:studiosysadmins-discuss-request@studiosysadmins.com?subject=unsubscribe

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    Systems builders and integrators in Stuttgart Germany
    posted by  on Jan. 14, 2014, 6:35 p.m.
    Does anyone have a good reference for systems builders / integrators nearStuttgart Germany? Looking for a company that can provide onsite support. Thanks in advance.

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    mcoliver@gmail.com
    858.336.1438
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    Does anyone have a good reference for systems builders / integrators nearStuttgart Germany? Looking for a company that can provide onsite support. Thanks in advance.

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    Michael Oliver
    mcoliver@gmail.com
    858.336.1438

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    Free to a good home (in NY) -- 13RU racks
    posted by Rob LaRose on Jan. 15, 2014, 3:30 p.m.

    Hi folks,

    I've got a pair of the most wonderful little equipment racks, and sadly no use for them anymore.  If anybody can use them and wants to pick them up (midtown NYC), I'd like to see them go somewhere that they'll be loved.  Specs:

    - 13 standard middle atlantic-style Rack Units with threaded holes
    - 4 locking wheels make 'em convenient to roll around.
    - Easy-to-remove side panels -- this is really handy.
    - Removable grey laminate tops make them presentable for under a desk OR next to it
    - Appx. 28" tall including the wheels and the tops.  A few inches less if you remove.
    - Appx. 30" deep including the tops.. save a couple inches if you remove it

    We used them in bays for UPS, mixers, rack-mounted drawers, etc.  We even used to sit Mac Pro towers on a bottom shelf w/ the little feet-holder things (not included)

    I was gonna send them to my LA office, but the freight cost is annoying, so they're just remaindered.  Anyone who will come wheel them away is welcome to them.  Email me off-list if you're interested!

    For that matter, I'll ship them to you if you want to pay the shipping.

    --Rob


    rob larose | engineer | rock paper scissors | 212-255-6446 | www.rockpaperscissors.com
    **NOTE OUR NEW STREET ADDRESS: 245 Fifth Ave, 23rd Fl, New York, NY 10016.
    Our billing and remittance stays the same

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    Hi folks,

    I've got a pair of the most wonderful little equipment racks, and sadly no use for them anymore.  If anybody can use them and wants to pick them up (midtown NYC), I'd like to see them go somewhere that they'll be loved.  Specs:

    - 13 standard middle atlantic-style Rack Units with threaded holes
    - 4 locking wheels make 'em convenient to roll around.
    - Easy-to-remove side panels -- this is really handy.
    - Removable grey laminate tops make them presentable for under a desk OR next to it
    - Appx. 28" tall including the wheels and the tops.  A few inches less if you remove.
    - Appx. 30" deep including the tops.. save a couple inches if you remove it

    We used them in bays for UPS, mixers, rack-mounted drawers, etc.  We even used to sit Mac Pro towers on a bottom shelf w/ the little feet-holder things (not included)

    I was gonna send them to my LA office, but the freight cost is annoying, so they're just remaindered.  Anyone who will come wheel them away is welcome to them.  Email me off-list if you're interested!

    For that matter, I'll ship them to you if you want to pay the shipping.

    --Rob


    rob larose | engineer | rock paper scissors | 212-255-6446 | www.rockpaperscissors.com
    **NOTE OUR NEW STREET ADDRESS: 245 Fifth Ave, 23rd Fl, New York, NY 10016.
    Our billing and remittance stays the same


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    Ridiculous licensing mechanisms never fail to astound me
    posted by Jean-Francois Panisset on Jan. 15, 2014, 4:30 p.m.

    From the DCPFLICS help file (licensing mechanism used by FumeFX):

    ===

    Incrementing Licenses

    Once you've authorized your ACAP plug-in tool, if you purchase additional licenses in the future that you would like to add to your DCPFLICS server so that they are all kept in one location, please do the following:

    1. On a workstation with 3ds Max and the ACAP plug-in (that does NOT have the DCPFLICS Server on it), launch 3ds Max and open the plug-in so it's Interface is open. This will effectively request the license from the server so that it is "in use".
    2. On the computer where the DCPFLICS server is located, launch 3ds Max and try to access the plug-in you would like to increment the licenses for.

    By default, you will get the DCPFLICS authorization dialog and a message saying that all licenses are in use. This is what you want.

    1. Now, click Authorize within the DCPFLICS dialog, and choose whether you'd like to register online or manually.
    2. In the resulting form that appears, when you are prompted for your Serial Number, enter BOTH serial numbers separated by a comma. (i.e. ABC1234X, DEF5678Y)
    ====

    So really, I'm expected to install and run 3DS Max on my license server just to install a new license? That would have to be my "fail of the week".

    JF

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    From the DCPFLICS help file (licensing mechanism used by FumeFX):

    ===

    Incrementing Licenses

    Once you've authorized your ACAP plug-in tool, if you purchase additional licenses in the future that you would like to add to your DCPFLICS server so that they are all kept in one location, please do the following:

    1. On a workstation with 3ds Max and the ACAP plug-in (that does NOT have the DCPFLICS Server on it), launch 3ds Max and open the plug-in so it's Interface is open. This will effectively request the license from the server so that it is "in use".
    2. On the computer where the DCPFLICS server is located, launch 3ds Max and try to access the plug-in you would like to increment the licenses for.

    By default, you will get the DCPFLICS authorization dialog and a message saying that all licenses are in use. This is what you want.

    1. Now, click Authorize within the DCPFLICS dialog, and choose whether you'd like to register online or manually.
    2. In the resulting form that appears, when you are prompted for your Serial Number, enter BOTH serial numbers separated by a comma. (i.e. ABC1234X, DEF5678Y)
    ====

    So really, I'm expected to install and run 3DS Max on my license server just to install a new license? That would have to be my "fail of the week".

    JF


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    Ridiculous licensing mechanisms never fail to astound me
    posted by Dan Mons on Jan. 15, 2014, 4:35 p.m.
    I find it more and more common that the people who write the administrative tools associated with software that requires management in a large, complex setup don't actually have any experience managing a large, complex setup. Most of the time their dev environments consist of a single machine (maybe a few VMs if they're really clever) and everything on the same subnet. When you see how this stuff is developed with no consideration for real world deployment, you quickly understand why it's so bloody terrible at real world deployment. I still maintain that every developer should spend 3 months a year being a sysadmin. I think software quality would dramatically improve if that were the case, even with the time "lost". -Dan ---------------- Dan Mons R&D SysAdmin Unbreaker of broken things Cutting Edge http://cuttingedge.com.au On 16 January 2014 07:25, Jean-Francois Panisset wrote: > From the DCPFLICS help file (licensing mechanism used by FumeFX): >> === >> Incrementing Licenses >> Once you've authorized your ACAP plug-in tool, if you purchase additional > licenses in the future that you would like to add to your DCPFLICS server so > that they are all kept in one location, please do the following: >> On a workstation with 3ds Max and the ACAP plug-in (that does NOT have the > DCPFLICS Server on it), launch 3ds Max and open the plug-in so it's > Interface is open. This will effectively request the license from the server > so that it is "in use". > On the computer where the DCPFLICS server is located, launch 3ds Max and try > to access the plug-in you would like to increment the licenses for. >> By default, you will get the DCPFLICS authorization dialog and a message > saying that all licenses are in use. This is what you want. >> Now, click Authorize within the DCPFLICS dialog, and choose whether you'd > like to register online or manually. > In the resulting form that appears, when you are prompted for your Serial > Number, enter BOTH serial numbers separated by a comma. (i.e. ABC1234X, > DEF5678Y) >> ==== >> So really, I'm expected to install and run 3DS Max on my license server just > to install a new license? That would have to be my "fail of the week". >> JF >>> To unsubscribe from the list send a blank e-mail to > mailto:studiosysadmins-discuss-request@studiosysadmins.com?subject=unsubscribe To unsubscribe from the list send a blank e-mail to mailto:studiosysadmins-discuss-request@studiosysadmins.com?subject=unsubscribe
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    I find it more and more common that the people who write the administrative tools associated with software that requires management in a large, complex setup don't actually have any experience managing a large, complex setup. Most of the time their dev environments consist of a single machine (maybe a few VMs if they're really clever) and everything on the same subnet. When you see how this stuff is developed with no consideration for real world deployment, you quickly understand why it's so bloody terrible at real world deployment. I still maintain that every developer should spend 3 months a year being a sysadmin. I think software quality would dramatically improve if that were the case, even with the time "lost". -Dan ---------------- Dan Mons R&D SysAdmin Unbreaker of broken things Cutting Edge http://cuttingedge.com.au On 16 January 2014 07:25, Jean-Francois Panisset wrote: > From the DCPFLICS help file (licensing mechanism used by FumeFX): >> === >> Incrementing Licenses >> Once you've authorized your ACAP plug-in tool, if you purchase additional > licenses in the future that you would like to add to your DCPFLICS server so > that they are all kept in one location, please do the following: >> On a workstation with 3ds Max and the ACAP plug-in (that does NOT have the > DCPFLICS Server on it), launch 3ds Max and open the plug-in so it's > Interface is open. This will effectively request the license from the server > so that it is "in use". > On the computer where the DCPFLICS server is located, launch 3ds Max and try > to access the plug-in you would like to increment the licenses for. >> By default, you will get the DCPFLICS authorization dialog and a message > saying that all licenses are in use. This is what you want. >> Now, click Authorize within the DCPFLICS dialog, and choose whether you'd > like to register online or manually. > In the resulting form that appears, when you are prompted for your Serial > Number, enter BOTH serial numbers separated by a comma. (i.e. ABC1234X, > DEF5678Y) >> ==== >> So really, I'm expected to install and run 3DS Max on my license server just > to install a new license? That would have to be my "fail of the week". >> JF >>> To unsubscribe from the list send a blank e-mail to > mailto:studiosysadmins-discuss-request@studiosysadmins.com?subject=unsubscribe To unsubscribe from the list send a blank e-mail to mailto:studiosysadmins-discuss-request@studiosysadmins.com?subject=unsubscribe

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    Hitachi Drives for Blue Arc / HDS
    posted by Greg Whynott on Jan. 15, 2014, 6:45 p.m.

    We are shipping our Blue Arc off to another home over seas. The admins there were asking me how much disks cost to replace. My response was "probably about 1000 dollars if you buy them from HDS, but they may not sell them to you if you are not a customer.".

    he: can we buy them somewhere else cheaper?
    me: not likely, i think they have a custom firmware on them and the system would reject any drive without a 'blessed' firmware.


    Is this true? has anyone put drives into their BA/HDS system which were not sourced from HDS/Blue Arc?

    he: can we buy 'blessed' drives on the internets?
    me: maybe.. lets check..

    so we search for "HUS723020ALS641" which is the model number of our slower storage drives in the system. Google returned no results on that string, it did find lots of instances of "HUS723020ALA641" where the only difference is the S and A in the ones we found for sale online. So ALA vrs ALS. the ALA ones are only 200 dollars new.

    Now I assume that 'S' is indicating a different firmware. the funny thing is quite often HDS will send us the wrong drive when we lose one. They'll send me one which appears to be the proper physical drive, but comes in a NetApp sled, for the E5400s or Dells' 3x60. Most of the numbers, even the model number and revision are the same. I called support one time and asked them if i could swap the drive into the proper sled and RMA the failed drive with the improper sled they sent. I was told yes.

    Based on that, i think its safe to assume NetApp and HDS do not share any custom firmwares they may be using, and these are not overly proprietary drives but rather perhaps drives which passed a higher level of QA and are reserved for enterprise storage vendors. (or maybe TLER types vrs non TLER, or whatever that is which prevents you from using them in a RAID setup).

    Further to that, whenever you upgrade your SMU/Titans sometimes it'll indicate its updating the firmware on the drives. I mention this as I wonder if he does put in the non ALS drives, if they'll be 'upgraded' to the current array firmware version anyway.

    Now the flip side of that and to add confusion, these drives are going into an LSI chassis (RS12), NetApp owned LSI for awhile, so perhaps there is something there, as both BA and NA were offering common shelves (re-branded of course) for a period of time.


    bah.. so the question remains ,.... have you ever used drives not sourced from HDS (or an 'official' channel) in your blue arc?



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    We are shipping our Blue Arc off to another home over seas. The admins there were asking me how much disks cost to replace. My response was "probably about 1000 dollars if you buy them from HDS, but they may not sell them to you if you are not a customer.".

    he: can we buy them somewhere else cheaper?
    me: not likely, i think they have a custom firmware on them and the system would reject any drive without a 'blessed' firmware.


    Is this true? has anyone put drives into their BA/HDS system which were not sourced from HDS/Blue Arc?

    he: can we buy 'blessed' drives on the internets?
    me: maybe.. lets check..

    so we search for "HUS723020ALS641" which is the model number of our slower storage drives in the system. Google returned no results on that string, it did find lots of instances of "HUS723020ALA641" where the only difference is the S and A in the ones we found for sale online. So ALA vrs ALS. the ALA ones are only 200 dollars new.

    Now I assume that 'S' is indicating a different firmware. the funny thing is quite often HDS will send us the wrong drive when we lose one. They'll send me one which appears to be the proper physical drive, but comes in a NetApp sled, for the E5400s or Dells' 3x60. Most of the numbers, even the model number and revision are the same. I called support one time and asked them if i could swap the drive into the proper sled and RMA the failed drive with the improper sled they sent. I was told yes.

    Based on that, i think its safe to assume NetApp and HDS do not share any custom firmwares they may be using, and these are not overly proprietary drives but rather perhaps drives which passed a higher level of QA and are reserved for enterprise storage vendors. (or maybe TLER types vrs non TLER, or whatever that is which prevents you from using them in a RAID setup).

    Further to that, whenever you upgrade your SMU/Titans sometimes it'll indicate its updating the firmware on the drives. I mention this as I wonder if he does put in the non ALS drives, if they'll be 'upgraded' to the current array firmware version anyway.

    Now the flip side of that and to add confusion, these drives are going into an LSI chassis (RS12), NetApp owned LSI for awhile, so perhaps there is something there, as both BA and NA were offering common shelves (re-branded of course) for a period of time.


    bah.. so the question remains ,.... have you ever used drives not sourced from HDS (or an 'official' channel) in your blue arc?



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  • Playback Storage
    posted by Jason Navarro on Jan. 15, 2014, 10:45 p.m. (1 day ago)
    We're looking to increase the storage on our playback system (2K stereo dpx's off an HP Z820 w/CentOS 6). We're thinking we need something in the neighbourhood of 800MB/s sustained throughput and about 20TB usable capacity. Has anyone bought or built something similar? If so, please post specs and your experience. Particularly interested in:
    1. Brand/model of appliance or if you built it yourself, a shopping list (chassis, controller, drives) and cost
    2. Raid setup
    3. Chosen filesystem
    Thanks in advance for any info/suggestions!

    Jason
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    We're looking to increase the storage on our playback system (2K stereo dpx's off an HP Z820 w/CentOS 6). We're thinking we need something in the neighbourhood of 800MB/s sustained throughput and about 20TB usable capacity. Has anyone bought or built something similar? If so, please post specs and your experience. Particularly interested in:
    1. Brand/model of appliance or if you built it yourself, a shopping list (chassis, controller, drives) and cost
    2. Raid setup
    3. Chosen filesystem
    Thanks in advance for any info/suggestions!

    Jason

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    Ridiculous licensing mechanisms never fail to astound me
    posted by Rob LaRose on Jan. 16, 2014, 9:45 a.m.

    On Jan 16, 2014, at 3:23 AM, Ben De Luca wrote:

    So if you have 100 instances of the license and you would like ten more. First launch the plugin in on 100 machines and wait for a license unavailable message!

    <blackholedeveloperlogic>

    Oh sure, it sounds crazy when you put it that way.  But why do you have 100 licenses if you're not using them?

    </blackholedeveloperlogic>

    --Rob



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    On Jan 16, 2014, at 3:23 AM, Ben De Luca wrote:

    So if you have 100 instances of the license and you would like ten more. First launch the plugin in on 100 machines and wait for a license unavailable message!

    woo! 


    On Wed, Jan 15, 2014 at 9:25 PM, Jean-Francois Panisset <panisset@gmail.com> wrote:

    From the DCPFLICS help file (licensing mechanism used by FumeFX):

    ===

    Incrementing Licenses

    Once you've authorized your ACAP plug-in tool, if you purchase additional licenses in the future that you would like to add to your DCPFLICS server so that they are all kept in one location, please do the following:

    1. On a workstation with 3ds Max and the ACAP plug-in (that does NOT have the DCPFLICS Server on it), launch 3ds Max and open the plug-in so it's Interface is open. This will effectively request the license from the server so that it is "in use". 
    2. On the computer where the DCPFLICS server is located, launch 3ds Max and try to access the plug-in you would like to increment the licenses for. 

    By default, you will get the DCPFLICS authorization dialog and a message saying that all licenses are in use. This is what you want.

    1. Now, click Authorize within the DCPFLICS dialog, and choose whether you'd like to register online or manually.
    2. In the resulting form that appears, when you are prompted for your Serial Number, enter BOTH serial numbers separated by a comma. (i.e. ABC1234X, DEF5678Y)
    ====

    So really, I'm expected to install and run 3DS Max on my license server just to install a new license? That would have to be my "fail of the week". 

    JF


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    On Jan 16, 2014, at 3:23 AM, Ben De Luca wrote:

    So if you have 100 instances of the license and you would like ten more. First launch the plugin in on 100 machines and wait for a license unavailable message!

    <blackholedeveloperlogic>

    Oh sure, it sounds crazy when you put it that way.  But why do you have 100 licenses if you're not using them?

    </blackholedeveloperlogic>

    --Rob



    rob larose | engineer | rock paper scissors | 212-255-6446 | www.rockpaperscissors.com

    **NOTE OUR NEW STREET ADDRESS: 245 Fifth Ave, 23rd Fl, New York, NY 10016.
    Our billing and remittance stays the same

    On Jan 16, 2014, at 3:23 AM, Ben De Luca wrote:

    So if you have 100 instances of the license and you would like ten more. First launch the plugin in on 100 machines and wait for a license unavailable message!

    woo! 


    On Wed, Jan 15, 2014 at 9:25 PM, Jean-Francois Panisset <panisset@gmail.com> wrote:

    From the DCPFLICS help file (licensing mechanism used by FumeFX):

    ===

    Incrementing Licenses

    Once you've authorized your ACAP plug-in tool, if you purchase additional licenses in the future that you would like to add to your DCPFLICS server so that they are all kept in one location, please do the following:

    1. On a workstation with 3ds Max and the ACAP plug-in (that does NOT have the DCPFLICS Server on it), launch 3ds Max and open the plug-in so it's Interface is open. This will effectively request the license from the server so that it is "in use". 
    2. On the computer where the DCPFLICS server is located, launch 3ds Max and try to access the plug-in you would like to increment the licenses for. 

    By default, you will get the DCPFLICS authorization dialog and a message saying that all licenses are in use. This is what you want.

    1. Now, click Authorize within the DCPFLICS dialog, and choose whether you'd like to register online or manually.
    2. In the resulting form that appears, when you are prompted for your Serial Number, enter BOTH serial numbers separated by a comma. (i.e. ABC1234X, DEF5678Y)
    ====

    So really, I'm expected to install and run 3DS Max on my license server just to install a new license? That would have to be my "fail of the week". 

    JF


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    Colour Purity on workstation displays
    posted by Bill Varley on Jan. 16, 2014, 11:22 a.m.

    When it comes to colour purity of an image display device, what critieria would you use to accept or reject the performance of a display unit?

    For example; while displaying a 75% full field white signal, you reject a display when:

    1- I can easily notice a colour shift with the naked eye.

    2- I can barely detect a colour shift with the naked eye.

    3- I can detect a colour shift with the naked eye which occurs just around the perimeter/edges of the display.

    4- I can detect a colour shift with the naked eye which is spread out all over the viewing area.

    5- I can not see a colour shift but my calibration probes indicate there is one.

    6- I don't care about purity.

     

    Cheers.

    Bill

     

     

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    When it comes to colour purity of an image display device, what critieria would you use to accept or reject the performance of a display unit?

    For example; while displaying a 75% full field white signal, you reject a display when:

    1- I can easily notice a colour shift with the naked eye.

    2- I can barely detect a colour shift with the naked eye.

    3- I can detect a colour shift with the naked eye which occurs just around the perimeter/edges of the display.

    4- I can detect a colour shift with the naked eye which is spread out all over the viewing area.

    5- I can not see a colour shift but my calibration probes indicate there is one.

    6- I don't care about purity.

     

    Cheers.

    Bill

     

     


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    Robocopy like functionality question.
    posted by  on Jan. 16, 2014, 12:15 p.m.
    Does anyone know of an easy way to achieve the following. I have 2 directories that need to be in sync. DirA -> DirB I would like to be able to run something similar to robocop /PURGE but instead of deleting files on DirB that no longer exist on DirA, I would like to move those files to a specific directory that is defined. A sort of network trash can where items can be reviewed before confirming the deletion of the files. Anyone know of a tool that can achieve this? Bonus points if the original directory structure is maintained under the new specified folder. Thanks To unsubscribe from the list send a blank e-mail to mailto:studiosysadmins-discuss-request@studiosysadmins.com?subject=unsubscribe
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    Does anyone know of an easy way to achieve the following. I have 2 directories that need to be in sync. DirA -> DirB I would like to be able to run something similar to robocop /PURGE but instead of deleting files on DirB that no longer exist on DirA, I would like to move those files to a specific directory that is defined. A sort of network trash can where items can be reviewed before confirming the deletion of the files. Anyone know of a tool that can achieve this? Bonus points if the original directory structure is maintained under the new specified folder. Thanks To unsubscribe from the list send a blank e-mail to mailto:studiosysadmins-discuss-request@studiosysadmins.com?subject=unsubscribe

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    Solid Angle actually has a web site!
    posted by Jean-Francois Panisset on Jan. 16, 2014, 3:15 p.m.
    http://www.solidangle.com/

    I guess they are a real company now (just kidding, I put them in the "good guys" column as far as vendors go).

    JF

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    http://www.solidangle.com/

    I guess they are a real company now (just kidding, I put them in the "good guys" column as far as vendors go).

    JF


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    To be printed and stuck by your switches
    posted by Derrick MacPherson on Jan. 16, 2014, 7:35 p.m.
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    Can someone explain Maya SP vs Ext please?
    posted by Rob LaRose on Jan. 17, 2014, 1:05 p.m.

    Say, can anybody explain the Maya 2014 version order to me?  There's a bunch of Service Packs and an Extensions and they've got me all mixed up.

    Is Extension for Maya 2014 Service Pack 1 an Extension for "Maya 2014 SP1"?  And is it therefore obsoleted by Maya 2014 SP2 and SP3?

    Or is it Service Pack 1 to "Extension for Maya 2014", and therefore... newer, same-as, or any relation at all to Maya 2014 SP1 / SP2 / SP3?

    Help a brother out.  I got a flu shot this week and I think I'm experiencing "Flu-Like Symptoms" in my brain.

    --Rob


    rob larose | engineer | rock paper scissors | 212-255-6446 | www.rockpaperscissors.com

    **NOTE OUR NEW STREET ADDRESS: 245 Fifth Ave, 23rd Fl, New York, NY 10016.
    Our billing and remittance stays the same

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    Say, can anybody explain the Maya 2014 version order to me?  There's a bunch of Service Packs and an Extensions and they've got me all mixed up.

    Is Extension for Maya 2014 Service Pack 1 an Extension for "Maya 2014 SP1"?  And is it therefore obsoleted by Maya 2014 SP2 and SP3?

    Or is it Service Pack 1 to "Extension for Maya 2014", and therefore... newer, same-as, or any relation at all to Maya 2014 SP1 / SP2 / SP3?

    Help a brother out.  I got a flu shot this week and I think I'm experiencing "Flu-Like Symptoms" in my brain.

    --Rob


    rob larose | engineer | rock paper scissors | 212-255-6446 | www.rockpaperscissors.com

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