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Nexenta QuickTip: Get a real root shell

The Nexenta folks have spent a lot of energy making Nexenta “idiot-proof”.  You really can do almost everything you need from the web based GUI.  There’s a few more things you can do from the character based Nexenta Management Console (NMC).  Sometimes, though, you may want a shell… Read more

More on Nexenta

Here’s my $0.02 on Nexenta. (Based on my use of the free NexentaStor Community Edition, 3.0.2.

To summarize: Good stuff!  If you are looking for storage appliance software, try Nexenta first. Maybe you’ll luck out and Nexenta will like your hardware. If not, run Openfiler.

The Nexenta Community Edition is free to use. They do make you register it. That’s a bit of a hassle, especially if you fat-finger the key (“Is that an I or a 1?”)

The Nexenta load is no harder than, and arguably easier, than loading Openfiler.

Nexenta goes faster that Openfiler.  Nexenta goes faster than my $25,000 Dell/Equallogic PS5000E.

I’m working on a step by step how-to for loading Nexenta.


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Need inexpensive iSCSI? Try NexentaStor!

NexentaStor 3.0 Main Dashboard

NexentaStor 3.0 Main Dashboard

I’ve been using Openfiler for a long time now, but I’m always open to alternatives.  Recently I stumbled across NexentaStor, which is a software product you can load on your servers to make them into filers, like Openfiler.  NexentaStor is available both in an Community Edition, as well as a relatively inexpensive Enterprise Edition, which comes with all the bells and whistles like built in block level replication. Read more