Hell with Proper setup Apple Xraid

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Server, Xserve, and Networking' started by raidnoob, Feb 21, 2012.

  1. raidnoob macrumors newbie

    Feb 21, 2012
    Our small non profit revived a like new Xraid storage device, it came with 14x500GB Drives in it and has 1 month of use on it. We would like to use this as 2 drives on our internal gigabit network between both Macs and PCs. I do understand that i will have 1 controller act as 1 drive for 7 drives and the same for the other.

    Question is what do i need to make this happen? I have the Xraid and 2 Apple Fiver cables. Was thinking about getting an Xserve with a fiber card and Xsan.

    Also, should I get the batteries for the unit, it will be on a UPS but not a big one.
  2. belvdr macrumors 603

    Aug 15, 2005
    Not sure about the setup of the Xraid, but I can tell you two things:

    1. You can connect this device to any OS. It does not have to be an Xserve.
    2. You'll want to get batteries in for the array in order to enable write-back cache. The UPS won't enable this and your write performance will suffer.
  3. raidnoob thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 21, 2012
    Ok, yeah I am just not sure if I can plug this thing into the fiber ports on the switch lol, and i have had seen a few people talk about needing a file handler since it is block level storage
  4. pbuerk macrumors newbie

    Nov 5, 2010
    I'd recommend setting it up as a NAS, just connecting the XServe RAID to either a MacPro or XServe. Both require the installation of a FibreChannel card, and I'd recommend sticking with the Apple one for simplicity. Unless you have a burning need to implement a SAN, I'd hold off on installing XSAN or Lion Server. You have to balance the resulting complexity against the benefits of implementing XSAN, and for most users it's not worth it.
  5. raidnoob thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 21, 2012
    Do you know where i can find a how to on making it a NAS?
  6. kwikdeth macrumors 6502a

    Feb 25, 2003
    Tempe, AZ
    if you dont need the latest OSX Server, you can pick up a G5 Xserve and a FC card on ebay for quite cheap. I just picked up a replacement for my dead XSG5 (my dumb mistake) off ebay for $150. FC cards for them are also pretty damn cheap.
  7. raidnoob thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 21, 2012
    Would I see a difference with a G5 and a intel one?

    Do I need to have Xsan to set it up as a NAS or can I just plug it into the server and share the drive?
  8. belvdr macrumors 603

    Aug 15, 2005
    You cannot just connect it to a network switch, as you mentioned above. It is a disk drive.

    You do not need Xsan for a single node. You can find what you need about setting it up here:


    After you configure the array and format it, just share it out.

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