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What are the operating systems supported by FlexRAID?

FlexRAID runs on all version of Windows 2000 and later. It has mostly been tested on XP, Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 2008 R2. FlexRAID also runs all versions of Linux except that the Storage Pooling feature requires kernel 2.6 and higher. FlexRAID recommends Ubuntu Linux when using the Storage Pooling feature. Support for Mac  Full Article…

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Command Line client scripting

The Command Line client can be scripted. This can be useful for those wanting to manage their RAID configurations through scripts or their favorite automation tools. To run the command line client in: - Interactive mode: FlexRAIDClient [Host] [Port] [Timeout] - Non-Interactive mode: FlexRAIDClient Host Port Timeout Command For those wanting to script the Command Line client,  Full Article…

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In what language is FlexRAID written?

FlexRAID is written mostly in C/C++. The high level programming design structures are written in Java for architectural reasons, but the Java code is further compiled natively just like the C/C++ code is. Users often get confused when they look at the logs and see Java named objects. FlexRAID does not run on Java… it  Full Article…

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FlexRAID-View Explicit Configuration

If you are looking to have the most control over your View configuration or want to be able to configure the View to work with a folder structure that is already in place, you will want to use the Explicit View configuration. Explicit view configuration example: DRIVE: specifies the drive letter you want your FlexRAID-View  Full Article…

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FlexRAID’s Storage Pool Merge Modes

FlexRAID (as of version 2.0 preview 6) supports several merge modes. Please read through them all to choose the one that is most appropriate for you. When you have a configuration, it matters. That is each subsequent reconfiguration needs to take into account the previous one simply because of the physical data state (specially in  Full Article…

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How to change the ports used by FlexRAID?

To change the default ports used by FlexRAID, you need to edit the Port.js file in your installation directory. The core service port cannot be disabled and will default to 9595 if you attempt to set it to an invalid value. The Web Client ports can both be disabled, but then you will not be  Full Article…

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Introduction to FlexRAID 2.0

Courtesy of: Mike Kirnak (Nak) Introduction Welcome to FlexRAID 2.0! This guide is for the beginner who has basic computer skills, but no expertise in RAID or data back up. In short, this is FlexRAID 2.0 for Dummies. This guide will help you decide if FlexRAID is right for you, and walk you through the most  Full Article…

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How to enable more verbose logging?

To enable more verbose logging, you will need to edit the logging.options.txt file in your installation directory and change the lines below: To change high level FlexRAID service logs (logged in FlexRAID.log) Change FLEXRAID_LOG_LEVEL=INFO to FLEXRAID_LOG_LEVEL=TRACE Those contain for example the FlexRAID startup & scheduler logs, RAID operations logs, etc.): To change lower level FlexRAID  Full Article…

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Testing FlexRAID’s recovery abilities

It is recommended to test this ability when beginning to use FlexRAID so that recovery will go smoothly if you ever need to recover your real data. FlexRAID allows you to recover either your data or the parity data to any path/volume you wish. All you need is some free space large enough and where you will  Full Article…

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Understanding Multi-Step Parity

Multi-step Parity is a unique feature in FlexRAID that enables you to RAID data that you cannot have online all at once. Multi-step parity is supported only by the commmand-line client and is not supported yet by the WebUI. This current documentation requires FlexRAID 1.4 build 7 or higher. Multi-step parity supports only the T1  Full Article…

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