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  1. I didn't know about the file placement rules either. That is what I am looking for. Thanks.
  2. I have a server that I want to set up with drivepool.that will hold TV shows and movies. I want to keep the tv shows on one set of drives and movies on another. Can I create a pool "tv shows" and another "movies". Then create a pool "media" that includes those two pools? I don't want to use duplication since I can re-rip the lost media but would like to have some idea what was lost in the event of a drive failure.
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    NTFS vs REFS

    I'm building an new pool for media files. I currently have one using a beta DP and formatted REFS. Is this a good choice for a new pool or is NTFS a better choice.
  4. I have two pools set up on my Win Server 2016 using REFS formatted drives. I wanted to add the NFS server feature so I have more stable connections to my MAC. So I do some testing and I'm happy. When I go to set up my real NFS share I get an error. I find out that NFS and REFS don't work together. So I look at my storage pools. One is marked as a REFS drive and the other as NTFS. I don't remember doing anything to make one REFS and the other NTFS. Any idea what I did and can the REFS pool be non-destructively changed to NTFS? If so, is there a reason I shouldn't?
  5. Thanks for the info. This is a brand new server and think I'll leave the card as-is.
  6. I purchased a server with a LSI9211-8i raid card that has several firmwares available. I plan to move my drive pool over to it. The stock firmware is either for RAID or JBOD. Do you have an opinion as to whether or not I need to reflash the firmware to access the individual drives for stable bit drive pool?
  7. I'll add my two cents to this discussion. I thought that Drivepool was causing BSOD problems on my server. I found out I had two problems: a cheap Sil3132 card with bad drivers and a 3TB drive that was failing. The folks here helped me find my issue. I was a convert from using Windows drive spaces (or whatever its called). When I experienced the same issue with that I lost the entire volume and all the data on it. Drivepool is a much safer way to go. Since replacing the ESATA card and drive my setup has been rock solid, even through some power outages.
  8. Thanks for the suggestion. I connected my drive enclosure via my USB3 -> esata adapter and the server booted in seconds (it runs off of an SSD), instead of minutes. I guess something with the driver in the esata card was affecting more than the BSOD. I ordered a card with the above chip set and and will test the difference between the adapter and the card. With the USB3 -> esata adapter I can transfer files on/off the pool at about 130mb/s, which is ok for my needs. I'd imagine not having to go through the additional conversion will speed things up. I'll update this post so others can learn from my experience.
  9. I have a USB3 -> esata adapter that many people have given high recommendations to with external drive enclosures like the one I have. I'll give it a try. Do you know if I need to uninstall that driver or can I just remove the esata card that uses that driver? Thanks for looking at my issue.
  10. I had the crash dump set to memory instead of kernel and is pretty big. I changed it to do a kernel dump. Should I wait for it to happen again and then send it?
  11. I have noticed that if I try and transfer a large volume of video files to or from the drive pool my server will blue screen and reboot. Are there logs that might tell me what is causing this? I run my virtual machines outside the pool and occasionally move them around without the reboot problem.
  12. Let's take a worse case scenario and say I have an SSD and a USB2 drive in my duplicated drive pool. I use file placement rules to place my VM on the SSD. If it is duplicated, it is duplicated on the USB2 drive. Wouldn't the VM only be as fast as the slowest drive since it is being written to? Or are the writes cached?
  13. I am running Server 2012 R2 with vmware workstation and have a drive pool. I've always assumed it best to store my virtual machines outside the drive pool. But reading the latest blog on 2.1 a lot of time was spent discussing the benefits to virtual machines and speed. So my question is, do virtual machines run well in a drive pool? If so, do people duplicate them?
  14. I'm going to be replacing the server I currently have and virtualization is going to play a part. I will be running Server 2012 R2 and will either install VMWare Workstion 10 or run HyperV. I'm leaning towards HyperV since it is part of the Server OS. The virtual machines will not reside on the drive pool. I want to have a drive pool of about 8 TB for various media folders and am thinking of setting this up in the Server OS. I'd like to give access to this in various Windows/Linux/OSX virtual machines - I know I'd need VMWare to virtualize OSX. Is it best to just share the drive pool folders as network shares so the virtual machines can access the data? Is there a better way to do this? I'm in the planning stage now and am open to suggestions. I've heard about physical drive pass thru and am wondering if there is a place for that here.
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