Sierra, Drobo Pro and iscsi HELP!

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Daremo, Mar 8, 2017.

  1. Daremo macrumors 68020

    Daremo

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    After 3 days, I'm ready to throw my Drobo's in the trash. Here's my struggle, and I'm begging for help here...

    I have a Mac mini running macOS Sierra 10.12.3. I have a Drobo Pro, and it DOES connect with USB. I want to use the Ethernet connection for the optimum speed. In order to do this, you need to install an iscsi initiator as the OS doesn't have this built in. These can be quite expensive. I purchased one from Daemon Tools, basically you can add extra computer licenses for $3 each, so I paid roughly $75 for it.

    Following the instructions from Drobo, I mounted the Pro with USB, and manually set the IP address of the drive. I installed the Daemon Tools, and activated the iscsi Initiator. I run the direct Ethernet cable to my Mac, from the Drobo, and the computer cannot see this drive, no matter what I do. I've tried to connect to it via the IP address I have assigned it, through both the Drobo Dashboard software, as well as the Daemon Tools software. Nothing works.

    Is there ANYONE out there can explain and walk me through setting this up, like I'm a child? Apparently, I can't wrap my head around this, and I must be missing a very simple step some where.

    I even called Drobo, and offered little help unless I paid for the help, only saying "It should work."

    PLEASE help...
     
  2. maflynn Moderator

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    USB is faster then Ethernet, or am I misunderstanding your comment?
     
  3. BrianBaughn macrumors 603

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    If the Mini is pre-2012 it has USB 2.0 ports.
     
  4. maflynn Moderator

    maflynn

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    Ahhh, good point
     
  5. Daremo thread starter macrumors 68020

    Daremo

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    Correct. It's USB 2.0 ports, and by allowing the ethernet port see and use iscsi devices, it opens up about 50 megabytes per second more then the Drobo FS with standard Ethernet. They also recommend that the USB is for making initial communication with the Drobo, to set up the iscsi and IP address for the NAS to work.

    All I need is to find a way to make the Mac mini see the iscsi device, and I thought installing the iscsi initiator would do this.

    Here's another amazing thing... I joined the Daemon Tool forum, and ask this exact same question. It requires moderator approval before it posts. I wake up this morning to the image below. Seriously? Screen Shot 2017-03-09 at 11.36.01 AM.png
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    The Drobo Pro itself is only equipped with USB 2.0 as well.
     

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