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  1. On 7/9/2019 at 2:38 AM, Christopher (Drashna) said:

    They don't.  Or rather, most of them are block based, so they don't need to deal with this.

    As for drivers like ours.... either they don't support it at all, or they have support, but the code is closed source and obfuscated.  

    As in, I know we've talked about this internally, and Alex has an answer: "Yes, it can be done" EldOS does it, I think.  But if you check the price .... it's not cheap.  It also runs in userspace.... 

    So there IS a solution

  2. On 6/12/2019 at 10:28 PM, Christopher (Drashna) said:

    It's the methods that we query with, IIRC.

    As for exposing that, we do expose at least some info to WMI.  For instance, phpSysInfo will actually read from WMI to get those settings. 

    Is there some documentation on interacting with the Scanner API? Asking for examples I would understand that would be a bit too much; I want to interact with it using Powershell.

  3. On 4/9/2019 at 1:27 AM, Christopher (Drashna) said:

    Use.  They use VSS, they talk to it.  They pull data from it.  

    To support VSS, we have to support the API that VSS uses to talk to the drive.  Not that programs use to talk to VSS. 

    The difference is that you're talking about the front end.   which has plenty of documentation.  We need to support the backend.  which has NONE. 




    Or in more detail, when SAMBA uses VSS, it makes an API call to VSS, which then makes an API call to the file system.  

    The  API calls to VSS are documented.  The API calls to the file system are a black box. 

    Could you explain how other software leverages it then?

  4. On 4/5/2019 at 2:42 AM, Christopher (Drashna) said:

    Because there is no documentation on how to support VSS on the file system level.  
    There is documentation on how to access VSS, and plenty of it.  But that's not the issue.  The problem is how the file system is supposed to handle the VSS calls.  There is NO documentation on this, in the wild.   Any documentation that may exist is internal Microsoft documentation. 

    If by Samba, you mean Samba/SMB/CIFS/Windows Shares, then you're just connecting to the API.  You're relying on the underlying drive that the SMB share resides on supporting VSS.   This is the top level VSS stuff, we need the bottom/low level info, how you'd implement it on a different file system.

    So, right now, we'd have to reverse engineer exactly how VSS interacts with NTFS, at the file system level.  That is not a simple thing, at all. And it would be incredibly time consuming.

    If you mean a specific software, could you link it? 

    Back up the underlying disks in the pool, not the pool drive. 

    As for restoring .... basically the same. 

    That or used something file based, or a sync utility (such as AllWays sync, good sync, free file sync, synctoy, etc).


    Im sorry but I dont understand....


    Every software on planet earth can use VSS perfectly. I dont see any reason your software can (even if it has to do it on each individual drive instead of the pool)





    These documents/links show how to leverage VSS over Samba as long as the underlying file system supports snapshots (such as ZFS). AFAIK, the underlying file system (the rest of the disks) are NTFS so they can be VSSd...


    About backing up, IMO you need to be much clearer and it needs to be added in official documentation...

    "Backup the underlying disks in the pool"...So what you are saying is that instead one volume being backed up, its necessary to back up several (in the sense that one disk = one volume)? And then restore them?


    I dont think its that difficult; Drivepool should provide a easy way for backup software using VSS to backup its pool. Not allowing so breaks compatibility with a lot of backups software.


  5. Ill never understand why Drivepool and VSS are not compatible.

    Samba, which is open source software, is fully compatible with VSS. So its not about "there isnt documentation about it"; There is an implementation already!


    Anyways, I want to know what is Stablebit's official procedure on making a backup of a pool and how to restore from backup.



  6. Hello

    I remembered that just in case Im gonna enable Shadow Copies and tried to enable it and got this error

    Volume Shadow Copy Service error: Unexpected error DeviceIoControl(\\?\Volume{e6a2b8d3-536f-4726-8e52-0340af2b09fa} - 00000000000002A4,0x0053c008,0000025D65CADDE0,0,0000025D65FB0080,4096,[0]).  hr = 0x80820001, The bootfile is too small to support persistent snapshots.



  7. On 2/20/2019 at 7:57 PM, Christopher (Drashna) said:

    @Umfriend's comment is important.

    Some controllers won't show the SMART data out of box.  This is because it may need methods that have been known to cause issues, and are in our blacklist. 

    You can enable this by enabling the "unsafe" option in the advanced settings.

    Enabling unsafe mode did the trick and now shows S.M.A.R.T. data.

  8. Hello

    I was going to buy Stablebit Scanner but during the trial period I just noticed something...

    It is not giving me any S.M.A.R.T data and says it is not accessible.

    I installed smartctl and right out of the bat, it can access the S.M.A.R.T. data, show me values, etc....

    The ability to see S.M.A.R.T data and even notify me is a BIG reason I got the bundle the first time around. Now, if it doesnt work, why should I?

    Im using the SAME drives that worked in a similar setup so...Its not a drive issue.

  9. 11 hours ago, srcrist said:

    Covecube is, as far as I know, two people. And also as far as I know, the forums aren't an official support channel, though Christopher and Alex do respond here from time to time. If you have urgent questions you'd be better off submitting a support ticket, not complaining because other users aren't responding to you quickly enough in the discussion forum. You can find the contact form here: https://stablebit.com/Contact

    If they reply on there, that gives me the sensation and this is a official support forum.

    I think it would be better to make a section for paying  members only support but....



  10. 15 minutes ago, TeleFragger said:

    I posted a question in here recently and no reply either... so I'm not sure what gives...

    wondering if it is a very small team and maybe they are on vacation.. haven't sprung into 2019 yet???


    I am getting ready to be installing server 2019 with essentials role to replace my current server 2016 with essentials role... so I want to hear replies to your thread as well

    Yeah, well, thats incredibly rude to do to potential customers and even past customers that have invested in the product.


    If there was a alternative, I might even use that as Im receiving 0 replies

  11. Hello

    I have a new server and Im trying to pass data from the old server to the new but Im having some issues on how to configure it regarding Drivepool....

    See in the old server, I made a RDM passthru of the drives to ESXi and then directly in the VM, connected the drives. The drives were seen perfectly by the VM and then I just went on with the typical Drivepool configuration...

    In the new server, RDM passthru is not possible.....The only way to semi do it is make a RAID0 of each drive, pass those RAIDs to the VM, and then use that. The VM sees a H700 RAID Drive....Not the actual drive. I can make a storage pool and it works....

    I want to ask Drivepool what would be the recommended action to take. 

    Thank you

  12. Hello


    Im going to spin up a VM just for storage and I want to move my pool over to that one. The drives are connected directly so they arent virtualized or anything.


    First, what is the best way to move to pool? The correct procedure, etc.


    Second, afterwards, how do I move the licence?



  13. 1 hour ago, Christopher (Drashna) said:

    What OS were/are you using, and what version of StableBit DrivePool? 


    As for the file, sorry, I it sounded like you may have been using something to access the file rather than directly. Sorry for that confusion. 

    Do you know if the file shows up in the hidden PoolPart folders on any of the disks? 

    WS2012R2 and



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