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How to create a CruiseControl RAID config using existing parity data

This scenario is valid only if: – You have not re-installed your OS – You don’t have a copy of your configuration database – The copy of your configuration that is on your PPU is somehow missing Otherwise, please follow this guide instead (minus the restore section): http://wiki.flexraid.com/2012/03/24/how-do-i-restore-if-i-lose-both-my-os-drive-and-a-data-drive-and-dont-have-backups-of-my-raid-config/ This guide is also helpful: http://wiki.flexraid.com/2012/03/25/how-do-i-add-my-drive-back-to-the-pool-after-re-installing-my-os/ To  Full Article…

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How do I add my drive back to the pool after re-installing my OS?

If you re-install your OS and copy over your configuration database from backup, you drives will show up as missing in the Drive Manager while showing up as available for pooling in the lower section. Important: the first PPU drive must be the first drive to be reinstated. The process will fail if you don’t  Full Article…

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How do I restore if I lose both my OS drive and a data drive and don’t have backups of my RAID config?

If you are in the unique case whereas you lost a drive and at the same time you lost your OS and don’t have a backup of your configuration database, all is not lost. However, you will need to follow the steps below: 1. Import your configuration, which is stored on the first PPU.    Full Article…

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WARN: Could not disable recycle bin settings for drive X

Part I: If you get this error, it is because you are missing a registry key. Please add the following registry entry to your system: For 32 bit Windows: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\BitBucket For 64 bit Windows: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\BitBucket It needs to be a registry folder (not a DWORD). In a DOS prompt run: For 32 bit Windows: REG  Full Article…

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Linux Increase The Maximum Number Of Open Files / File Descriptors (FD)

By default, the maximum number of open fd descriptors is pretty low. Please see this article on how to increase it. http://www.cyberciti.biz/faq/linux-increase-the-maximum-number-of-open-files/ As reported in this bug report (http://bug.flexraid.com/view.php?id=195), changing the user level limit seems to have the most effect. As per the comments in that report, the user had to add the following to  Full Article…

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Executing custom scripts before and/or after the storage pool starts or stops

Starting with FlexRAID 2.0 beta build 15, users can execute custom scripts before and after the pool is started or stopped. Users will need to create one or more of the following 4 scripts in the FlexRAID install ROOT (create only the scripts you need): pool-before-start(.cmd|.sh): called before the pool is started pool-after-start(.cmd|.sh): called after  Full Article…

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Issues with special characters on Linux

If you are a Linux user and your FlexRAID install seems to have issues handling files with special characters (non-English) in them, please read this post: http://forum.flexraid.com/index.php/topic,434.msg3973.html#msg3973 Essentially: 1. the locale off your OS needs to be properly configured for FlexRAID to pick it up 2. it must be a UTF8 variant to be supported

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