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Apple Pro Training Series: Xsan Quick Reference Guide

Book Description

Apple’s exciting new enterprise-class file system offers high-speed access to centralized shared data. This handy booklet provides invaluable setup, configuration, and troubleshooting tips. Designed as a reference, you'll find clear explanations of everything from multiple-seat topologies to working with Xsan Admin software, plus useful illustrations and schematic diagrams. A must for every Xsan installation.

Table of Contents

  1. Copyright
  2. 1. Xsan Overview
    1. The Network
    2. SAN Volumes
    3. Controllers
    4. Clients
  3. 2. Hardware and Software Requirements
    1. Supported Computers
    2. Memory
    3. Supported Operating Systems
    4. Storage Devices
    5. Fibre Channel Fabric
    6. Fibre Channel PCI-X HBA Cards
    7. Fibre Channel Switches
    8. Metadata Network
  4. 3. Xsan Topologies
    1. Topology Example 1
    2. Topology Example 2
    3. Topology Example 3
  5. 4. Setting Up Your Storage
    1. Calculating the Bandwidth Need
    2. Calculating the Bandwidth Availability
    3. Metadata Storage Requirements
    4. Raid Levels for Video Work With Xsan
    5. Striping Definitions
    6. LUNs, Storage Pools and Volumes
    7. Striping or Slicing
    8. Xserve RAID Striping Examples
      1. 1. Xserve RAID
      2. 1. Xserve RAID
      3. 2. Xserve RAIDs
      4. 2. Xserve RAIDs
      5. 3. Xserve RAIDs
      6. 3. Xserve RAIDs
      7. 4. Xserve RAIDs
      8. 4. Xserve RAIDs
    9. Raid Admin Utility
      1. RAID Admin Client Connection
      2. RAID Admin Application
  6. 5. Setting Up Your Metadata Controller
    1. Server Applications
    2. Entering Xserve Firmware Boot Commands
    3. Setting Up Your Server With Server Assistant
    4. Configuring Xsan for Local Authentication
    5. Configuring Xsan for Open Directory
    6. Permissions With Centralized Directories
    7. Home Directories
  7. 6. Setting Up Your Clients
    1. G5 PCI Slot Configuration
    2. Permissions With Local Authentication
    3. User ID Setup
    4. Viewing and Changing the UID and Group ID
    5. Changing Home Folder Ownership
    6. Setting Up Groups (Centralized Directory)
    7. Setting Up Users (Centralized Directory)
    8. Binding a Client to the Directory
    9. Creating a Directory Entry
    10. Specifying the Search Path
    11. Checking for Successful Client Binding
  8. 7. Fibre Channel Networking
    1. Fibre Channel Protocols
    2. Fabric Topologies
    3. Fibre Channel Host Bus Adapters (HBAs)
    4. Fibre Channel Cabling
    5. SFP Transceivers for Optical Cables
    6. Switch Configuration Basics
    7. Brocade
    8. Emulex
    9. QLogic
  9. 8. Xsan Admin Configuration
    1. Logging Into Your Metadata Controller
    2. Adding Xsan Clients
    3. Setting Up the Controller
    4. Setting Up the Clients
    5. Labeling Your LUNs
    6. Creating Volumes
    7. Allocation Strategies
    8. Creating Storage Pools
    9. Storage Pool Settings
    10. Adding LUNs to Storage Pools
    11. Affinities and Permissions
    12. System and Volume Logs
    13. Xsan Admin Graphs and Statistics
    14. Xsan Maximums
    15. Reserved Xsan Storage Pool Names
  10. 9. Using the Command Line
    1. Xsan Directory
    2. Using the Shell Commands
    3. /LibraryFilesystems/Xsan/bin
  11. 10. Troubleshooting
  12. 11. Glossary