Using the Sun Fire X4500 as Network Attached Archival Storage
By Tim Thomas on Jan 14, 2008
A paper about a project I completed recently has been published on BigAdmin. The paper is "Configuring the Sun Fire X4500 Server as Network Attached Archival Storage for Symantec Enterprise Vault". The aim of the project was to see if the Sun Fire X4500 could be used as NAS in a Symantec Enterprise Vault environment. The findings were that this worked very well, and performance was excellent!
Software used on the Sun Fire X4500 was SAMBA, Sun StorageTek Storage Archive Manager, and Solaris ZFS.The project involved functional and performance testing, both of which are part of Symantec's comprehensive Self Certification program for Partners.
I went the extra mile, and wrote a configuration tool for the solution called x4500samconfig. The use of the tool is discussed in the paper, and it is available for download here. If you take an X4500 with Solaris 10 8/07 and the unconfigured Storage Archive Manager 4.6 packages installed, this script will have you up and running in minutes. The script configures ZFS, Storage Archive Manager and SAMBA. Some of what the script does "under the hood" is discussed here.
I am going to take the opportunity here to thank Sun's BigAdmin team: the process of publishing an article like this is quite lengthy. Initially, a paper is written by an Engineer (me in this case) for Sun Internal consumption only...this is pretty straightforward, requiring peer review only. Once the internal version is complete, the paper can be submitted for external publication on BigAdmin, and at this point the document must be legally reviewed and professionally edited which can take some time...and it is the BigAdmin team who do this...so, Thanks BigAdmin Team!